Senior Associate (Carbon Markets)

Date: Sep 9, 2022

Location: Riyadh, SA

Company: KAPSARC

JOB DESCRIPTION 

KAPSARC seeks to hire a highly motivated and driven Senior Associate to support this project and contribute to building the Center’s in-house expertise on carbon markets. The expert should have experience in climate change policy and regulation, the economics of climate change, and preferably be familiar with economic climate policy instruments and carbon market tools and mechanisms at domestic and international levels. Expertise in any of the following areas will be valued: compliance carbon markets, voluntary carbon markets, international carbon markets, baseline and crediting mechanisms, carbon-related trade measures (e.g., border carbon adjustments), exporter-importer dialogue on carbon pricing, as well as assessing the implications of global climate policy and carbon market trends for Saudi Arabia. A strong understanding of the policy environments in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries will also be an asset, as will be a good command of the Arabic language, including in the domains of climate change policy, carbon markets and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Demonstrating initiative, strong project and time management skills, teamwork skills, and a can-do attitude will also be highly valued qualities for the candidate.

The successful candidate will contribute to the project on Carbon Markets and Paris Agreement Article 6 and will be encouraged to further develop their analytical and writing skills. The candidate will conduct high-quality research and analysis relevant to Saudi Arabia and its energy ecosystem and carbon market stakeholders.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conducting rigorous and high-quality research and analysis, and delivering tailored advisory services for KAPSARC’s stakeholders.
  • Contributing to various KAPSARC research and analysis outputs, including by drafting sections of, or otherwise co-authoring, research papers and by supporting the organization of workshops and other events.
  • Contributing to, and delivering, presentations at meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Disseminating research through effective communication approaches that meet the needs of different audiences and maximize the impact of KAPSARC’s work.
  • Participating actively in project-related activities, including meetings and workshops, and contributing to building a network of experts relevant to the field. Supporting with various project management-related tasks.
  • Engaging in continued professional development activities, proactively seeking opportunities to build and develop carbon market-relevant research and analysis skills.

Competencies:

  • Experience in, or knowledge of, the fields of climate change policy and regulation, the economics of climate change, and preferably familiarity with economic climate policy instruments and carbon market tools and mechanisms at domestic and international levels.
  • Experience conducting research aimed at supporting evidence-based, data-driven public policy.
  • Familiarity with policy-oriented research aligned with international best practices.
  • Ability to gather and analyze relevant information and data, and to demonstrate critical thinking.
  • Ability to contribute to the drafting of high-quality analytical and evidence-based policy-relevant papers in a style that is clear, concise, logical and well-structured. Experience with authoring peer-reviewed publications is a definite advantage.
  • Solid verbal communication skills and ability to disseminate research through effective communication approaches that meet the needs of different audiences and maximize the impact of KAPSARC’s work.
  • Enthusiastic team player and adaptive to organizational changes.

Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, or a relevant master’s degree plus experience equivalent to a Ph.D. level. 
  • Five to ten years of professional experience around the areas of energy economics, climate change policies, and environmental sustainability, preferably within a research organization, government, or an international organization.
  • Excellent command of the English language (spoken/written).