Responsible for: India, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Nepal and Sri Lanka
Contract: 3 years
Working arrangements: Full-time, working
from home with extensive regional travel and regular work in the Lok
Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Closing date: 5pm IST on
September 30th 2011.
The Climate Parliament is a global
network of legislators working to accelerate the transition from fossil
fuels to renewable energy. We raise awareness among MPs of the dangers
of global warming, and of the risks of relying on finite supplies of
fossil fuels. We support legislators in taking political, legislative
and budgetary initiatives to promote solar, wind, hydroelectric,
biomass, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy.
In the nations of the Indian
subcontinent, we are highlighting the region's vast renewable
potential. We believe that India in particular has the capacity to
become a world leader in clean energy. With high solar radiation, good
locations for both solar thermal power plants and large-scale
photovoltaic energy, low production costs and world-class engineers,
India could become a key player in the global solar industry.
In all regions of the world, we are
stressing the importance of new grids to enable the transition to
renewables. Regional supergrids can link together the areas with the
most abundant renewable resources – solar power in deserts, hydropower
in the mountains, wind power on windy coastlines – to create a reliable
supply of energy for everyone. For off-grid villages, mini-grids can
enable them to harness local energy resources such as solar, biomass
and small hydro. We are also pressing for more ambitious national
targets for renewable energy, and stronger financial incentives for
investment in the sector.
The Climate Parliament is based in
Europe, and is chaired by Sir Graham Watson MEP, a senior member of the
European Parliament. In developing countries we are collaborating
closely with the UN Development Programme. While the Climate Parliament
helps MPs to get organised and take initiatives in their parliaments,
UNDP provides technical advice to assist the MPs in developing their
The Regional Coordinator will be
assisted by our India Programme Officer. He or she will work under the
direction of the Climate Parliament's Secretary-General, who is based
in the UK. The compensation package will be substantial by non-profit
standards, and includes payments into a pension scheme and other
• Good university degree in a relevant
• Preferably 10 years or more of
relevant work experience;
• Familiarity with policy-making
processes at a high level;
• Knowledge and experience of energy
• Experience of managing staff;
• Strong writing skills in English;
• Co-operative, team worker;
• Ambitious about policy change: in this
organisation, a desire to help change the world is an asset, and
ambitious objectives are not discounted as unrealistic. We don’t like
to hear “it can’t be done”!
• Women candidates are encouraged to
Job description – the Regional
• Maintain close contact with the
excellent cross-party group of MPs who make up our existing Climate
Parliament group in India, and continue to build up the group's
• Through occasional visits to Colombo,
Dhaka, Kathmandu and Thimphu, plus phone and email contact, build up a
network of interested MPs across the region. We may also develop
contacts with MLAs in key Indian states.
• Create a Steering Committee of MPs and
an Advisory Group of experts in India, and explore the creation of
similar groups in the other countries.
• Working with expert advisers, identify
opportunities for parliamentary action to advance the Climate
• Assist MPs in arranging and preparing
meetings with heads of government, Ministers and officials, and in
drafting Parliamentary Questions, letters to Ministers or policy
• Liaise with our partner the United
Nations Development Programme to facilitate technical advice on
legislative and policy initiatives.
• Participate with colleagues in other
regions in the preparation of an international Handbook for Legislators
and occasional briefing papers for MPs covering the renewable energy
potential of different regions, the need for new grids, and ways to
strengthen incentives for renewable energy.
• Organise occasional international
parliamentary committee hearings, and arrange participation by MPs in
the annual inter-regional Climate Parliament Forum.
• Raise funds from development agencies,
business leaders and foundations to expand the Climate Parliament's
work in the region.
• Explore joint initiatives by heads of
government in the region, possibly as part of a global head of
government initiative, to promote regional supergrids and large-scale
renewable energy trading across borders.
• Carry out any other tasks which the
Climate Parliament may require.
To apply, please send a CV (resumé)
and covering letter as .PDF attachments to
firstname.lastname@example.org , with “South
Asia Regional Coordinator” as the subject line. Please ensure your CV
contains full contact details, including a telephone number. Please
state where you first saw this job advertisement.
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