The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 30 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.
NRDC is seeking a Power Sector Junior Analyst to work with the Coal Cap team in our Beijing office. The Junior Analyst will be responsible for supporting NRDC’s work on reducing China’s excess coal-fired power capacity and increasing the share of clean energy including renewables and efficiency in order to meet environmental protection and climate change targets. The research will focus on bottom-up analysis of power sector conditions in key provinces and enterprises to support pathways, plans and mechanisms for transitioning from coal power to renewables and other clean power sources.
This is a full-time consultant position. The selected candidate will be offered for an initial term of one year, with the potential to extend based on program needs and funding availability.
Strategy Development (10% of time required)
Contribute to the creation of a power sector strategy based on climate and environmental goals, power sector trends and opportunities, market reforms, provincial conditions and enterprise low-carbon transition planning.
Support the Power Sector Lead Analyst in developing and updating annual work plans.
Contribute to annual budget development.
Project Management (45% of time required)
Support and provide guidance to partners in preparing research proposals, budgets, contracts, and compliance materials. Support the power sector lead analyst to work with partners to deliver high-quality, impactful research products with concrete real-world economic, environmental and policy relevance.
Support the team to monitor project progress, help organize and attend regular review meetings at the project and follow up with partners to ensure achievement of desired deliverables and outcomes.
Process invoices and help with budget tracking, prepare monthly expense forecast and fund request, and support compliance and reporting as required.
Schedule and coordinate various external and internal meetings and seminars (e.g. report releases, publicity events, staff field visits, etc.), including but not limited to administrative and logistical arrangements, meeting material preparation, and the recording and distribution of meeting minutes.
Maintain project contract and document library, ensuring project files (electronic and paper) are well organized and up-to-date.
Research and Advocacy (45% of time required)
Under the guidance of the power sector lead analyst, conduct research on standards, policies, and financial and market mechanisms for phasing out outdated coal power capacity and replacing it with clean power, appropriate to the conditions of each province and region.
Under the guidance of the power sector lead analyst, work closely with central and local research partners to develop recommendations and implementation plans for reducing coal-fired power capacity and replacing it with clean power.
Draft, proofread, and edit policy notes, memorandums, presentations, and other documents, and, if needed, summarize and/or translate project-related materials.
Work closely with the Communications team to effectively communicate the project’s research findings and recommendations to various stakeholders.
Keep up-to-date on the latest developments in energy transition in China and internationally and their relevance for power sector coal reduction and energy transition efforts.
Master’s degree or above, with 5 or more years relevant work experience in energy and/or environmental fields.
Strong research, writing, and speaking skills in both Chinese and English.
Extensive knowledge of China’s clean energy development, electricity market, and climate change policies, as well as the ability to conduct in-depth data and policy analyses.
Strong interpersonal and cooperative skills, as well as the ability to work well with government representatives, research institutions, universities, companies, and other NGO partners.
Ability to efficiently and independently perform various tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
Must be responsible, pay close attention to detail, and work with efficiency and accuracy.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment.
We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience.
To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter, in which salary expectation and availability are stated, through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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