Sustainable Energy officer/manager, with a focus on maritime transport – France

Do you have ideas on the energy vectors that will decarbonise Europe and France? Are you a strong communicator who is highly motivated to work proactively and independently on sustainable transport and particularly clean energy solutions for France and the EU?

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Are you particularly interested in exploring how we make ships cleaner and more efficient? And how we might increase the public interest in seaborne transport pollution? Do you have an interest in policy with an understanding of EU and French policy-making and politics, a genuine passion for the environment, and a desire to learn about shipping and sustainable fuels? If you want to help explore these questions, and turn your ideas into reality, this may well be the job for you. We are looking for a Sustainable Energy officer/manager, with a focus on fuels, in France to help decarbonise non-road transport and be part of the broader energy debate.

The role covers, among others, work on the ongoing regional EU and national French regulations for alternative fuels in shipping. Areas of work will include the use of hydrogen and synthetic fuels to support the decarbonization of hard-to-abate transport modes (mainly shipping), the very limited use of few sustainable biofuels and the phase out of fossil gas as a wrongly called transitional energy. You will join our office in Paris, France and closely work with our shipping team, but also with our aviation and energy teams in Brussels, managed by our Director in the French office. 

About Us
Transport & Environment (T&E) is Europe’s leading clean transport campaign group. We combine the power of robust evidence and a deep understanding of the transport sector with compelling communications and impactful advocacy. With one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the NGO community, we commit to the professional development of our colleagues and invest in training from your first day with the organisation. Our people work across Europe: colleagues in Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris and London collaborate with our 63 member and supporter groups to achieve our mission.

The role will involve:

  • Establish working relationships with French government representatives who are working on T&E priority files for shipping as well as energy in hard-to-abate transport modes .
  • Lead T&E’s shipping advocacy work in France on EU files focusing on the following key regulations: FuelEU Maritime Regulation, alternative fuels infrastructure directive (AFID), EU MRV regulation, the shipping EU ETS, etc. 
  • Lead T&Es overall advocacy work on alternative fuels by providing stakeholders with evidence to ensure progressive positions;
  • Lead the work on building formal and informal coalitions with key industry players in shipping and energy such as hydrogen and e-fuels producers but also shipowners, cargo owner or ports;
  • Provide expertise on the sustainability of alternative fuels and biofuels, including limited advocacy on the European Renewable Energy Directive;
  • Provide expertise to the government in the SNBC working groups cycles focusing on transport and energy vectors;
  • Building and maintaining good contact with (national) policy-makers, researchers and our network working in this field;
  • Identifying, commissioning and delivering impactful research tailored to the needs of the EU and France-related shipping campaign in France.
  • The policy officer/manager will be expected to work independently in France but under the guidance of T&E’s French director, and in coordination with the Shipping director, aiming to achieve T&E’s overall objectives. 

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

Two to five years of relevant experience in energy topics, maritime affairs, EU or French government advocacy; solid grasp of the French political system is essential; in exceptional cases we can consider the candidacy with shorter work experience;

  • The ability and motivation to learn technical, economic and legal information, to independently develop new political, economic or legal arguments and evidence and use them to convince key stakeholders;
  • Good communication and presentation skills; 
  • The confidence to think and act with initiative, to engage and influence policy-makers of different stripes, industry representatives and other stakeholders at the highest level;
  • Project management skills including strong interpersonal and team-working skills and an ability to deliver to tight deadlines.

Excellent working knowledge of English and French is essential.

T&E offers an indefinite contract. This is a full time position based in Paris. A flexible working hours arrangement can be discussed. 

To apply, please complete an application form and send a copy of your CV in English [compiled in a SINGLE document] to clearly demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria. The email subject line should state: “Sustainable Energy officer/manager in Shipping, France.

The closing date for applications is COB Wednesday 5th of January 2022. First Round interviews are scheduled to be held soon after the application deadline. The successful candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible.

T&E anticipates a high number of applications and only shortlisted candidates for the first round of interviews will be contacted.