Research Analyst – Oil and Gas, Strategic Communications

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    2 weeks ago
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    December 8, 2022


Company Description

About the European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a major philanthropic initiative working to help tackle the climate crisis by fostering the development of a net-zero emission society at the national, European and global level.

We support over 1,000 partner organisations to carry out activities that drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement, contribute to the public debate on climate action and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.

The ECF brings together diverse perspectives and backgrounds to find the best innovative solutions to tackle climate change. We are focusing on engaging and hiring great people from a wide diversity of backgrounds to strengthen the cause. If you share our values of respect, innovation, and collaboration, join us.

The advertised position is with the Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) – a global network of communications professionals in the field of climate, energy and nature. GSCC is a collaborative project hosted by the ECF.

Through our work, we aim to contribute to a world with a safe and stable climate for current and future generations. We hope to build broad support for just, inclusive, and equitable solutions to the climate crisis.

Our philanthropically funded work focuses on media debate and public discourse at the global level and in major economies across Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Americas. We support a diverse range of partners across sectors and geographies, helping them add their voices, views and insights to the conversation.


About the role

The role is based within GSCC’s Research Unit, a team of researchers and analysts who provide evidence-based briefings, publications and insights to inform and contribute to the network’s communications work. The Research Analyst – Oil and Gas will produce strategic research, analysis and briefing on key issues relating to the oil and gas industry worldwide associated with climate change and the energy transition. This would include analysis of government policies, industry trends, financial and trade data and company policies; producing outputs for audiences such as journalists, advocates and policymakers.

The role will work collaboratively across a global network of communications experts, to produce deeper strategic approaches in this space. A core skill set of the role will be the ability to translate complex scientific data and findings into succinct, impactful briefings and communications products. We are looking for people with a clear vision for devising ambitious and high-impact work, who are adept at handling complex material and insights to drive and deliver communications impact, and working generously with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines.


This position will report to the Senior Research Analyst – Oil and Gas, and will work closely with an Assistant Researcher – Oil and Gas.

This role might suit someone with a background as a financial or oil and gas industry focused journalist, or a junior research analyst in the not-for-profit or private sector and is open to anyone who meets the experience and competencies required for the role.


Key responsibilities

The Research Analyst – Oil and Gas will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the Senior Analyst to identify and develop new and ambitious expert analysis and strategic thinking on the oil and gas industry in the energy transition.
  • Producing short research briefings on a range of topics, including trends, investments, corporate actions and government policies relating to the upstream oil and gas industry, LNG markets, gas power, just transition and oil and gas demand.
  • Producing rapid reactive analysis of new developments relating to oil and gas, including major international reports, government policies or corporate announcements.
  • Working and contributing to a small research team in a fast paced production environment, often to ambitious deadlines.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other teams across the GSCC network, and with external stakeholders such as NGOs, academics, think tanks, journalists or industry analysts.


Experience and competencies

  • Strong interest in climate and the environment;
  • Proven experience as a professional researcher in the sphere of climate and/or energy;
  • Relevant specialist experience, such as corporate research and analysis, finance analysis, use of climate and energy scenarios, use of data tools such as Bloomberg Terminal or Rystad Cube or public policy analysis.
  • The ability to incorporate a climate justice lens into work, and to work with others to develop intersectional approaches;
  • Excellent spoken and written English language;
  • The disposition to work generously with colleagues in a high-trust global community of peers;
  • The drive to be self-directed and work nimbly and generously over phone/video conferencing, time zones, etc.
  • A commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to facing climate change.

Other information

What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;
  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;
  • The chance to work across a broad range of climate and energy issues, and to create impactful research products used in different countries;
  • A full-time employment or consultancy contract (dependent on location) for 12 months, with the potential for renewal at the end of the year.


Remote working. Our team is based in European / Africa and Asia / Pacific time zones. We can offer contracts in many countries around the world including most G20 countries. You must have the right to work in your country of residence. We may be able to offer co-working spaces in some locations. The role will involve occasional international travel.

Start date

Flexible – as soon as possible.

How to apply

Click apply – please submit your application accompanied by the following 2 files in English, by the 8th December midnight CET.

  1. Your CV
  2. As 1 single attachment:
  • Cover letter for the this role (1 page max.)
  • Chort (fewer than 250 words) answer to this question: “Highlight a recent piece of analysis, research work or report in the oil and gas energy transition debate that you think has been effective in supporting impactful communications work and advancing real actions, and briefly explain why.”
  • A recent writing sample (or link to relevant site) that you feel showcases skills and experience relevant to this role

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage candidates from historically disadvantaged or marginalised groups to apply.