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Climate Campaign Fellow

Join the dynamic team that makes up the most influential environmental NGO leveraging intelligence and investigations to safeguard the world’s natural resources. EIA has a 30 year record of successfully changing the rules of the global trading system by combining our unique investigations with hard-hitting campaigns to enact historic new policies and legislation.

EIA is seeking a part- or full-time Fellow to support our Climate Campaign, which centers on efforts to rid the world of the worst climate super-pollutants, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are thousands of times more destructive than CO2. Ten years ago, EIA launched the campaign to amend the Montreal Protocol and phase out HFCs, which culminated in the recent Kigali Amendment. This will be a paid position based in our Washington DC office. The position will entail a diversity of activities, including:

• Conducting research and developing content that promotes a phase-down of HFCs domestically and internationally;
• Supporting advocacy of an HFC phase out in different fora, as well as low-GWP refrigerant alternatives to HFCs;
• Reviewing and analyzing scientific and technical documents including on industry standards, cooling technologies, energy efficiency, and other materials related to broadening uptake of low-GWP alternative technologies;
• Researching the current science and technical aspects; interfacing with experts in this field; reviewing and producing summary results for internal EIA briefing documents;
• Supporting production of blogs, reports, fact sheets and briefing papers for a variety of audiences, including policymakers, enforcement officials, NGOs, and the private sector;
• Monitoring relevant news and media, and supporting in social media messaging and other communications activities;
• Assisting the Climate Campaign in other tasks as and when needed;
• Maintaining a general knowledge of recent and relevant information on climate change policy and debates.

Requirements:
• Previous exposure to and general understanding of the issues surrounding sustainable development and climate change;
• Min bachelor degree or equivalent in chemistry, engineering, environmental science/policy and/or forestry;
• Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel are a must; basic statistical/econometric skills desirable;
• Ability to summarize and communicate complex technical concepts and ideas in written form understandable to lay audience;
• Must be able to be located in EIA’s Washington, DC office;
• Fluency in Chinese and/or Spanish a plus.
• Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and willingness to work under time constraints and pressure.

Contact:
Send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae with subject line: Climate Intern to: hr@eia-global.org or Fax: 202 986 8626. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants must be currently legally authorized to work full time at EIA, a U.S. non-profit and be able to provide proof of same.

*Closing Date for applications August 10, 2019

Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls.

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