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ECF Programme Manager/Administrator

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and to help Europe play a stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. The ECF is funded by major multi-year commitments from donors in Europe and the United States. The ECF is part of the international ClimateWorks Network that shares goals, strategies and resources to address the global challenge of climate change mitigation with a global network of aligned organisations.

The ECF team is a highly dynamic group of individuals, combining ambition and passion with a rigorous, results-oriented and analytic approach to work. The ECF’s culture is one of intensity, enthusiasm and mutual support.

The position – Programme Manager

ECF is looking for an experienced Programme Manager to manage operations for multiple initiatives. The role involves:

  • Managing funder income from various sources totalling in the region of €5M
  • Producing and maintaining budget forecasts, cashflows, and grant approval schedules for various initiatives, communicating with the Finance Team as required
  • Tracking and maintaining oversight of programme expenditure
  • Administration of a suite of grants to NGOs in line with programme strategy and key performance indicators
  • Managing the processing of grants, and preparing dockets and formal board materials
  • Supporting grantees through the grant request and grant delivery process, and reviewing reports to evaluate performance and progress tranche payments
  • Producing financial and narrative reports for funders, ensuring timely and efficient reporting and the financial transparency of the project to funders.
  • Overseeing the contracting phases with funders and grantees
  • Ensure alignment with and provide input into cross cutting ECF developments and annual budget planning setting phases.


  • A high standard of financial literacy and 2 years experience of financial administration
  • Experience in running and monitoring the operations of large projects and/or project management in a grant-making setting
  • Strong administrative skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Fluency in English
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, take initiative and be a creative problem-solver
  • Ability to work well in a team but also to work independently and be managed at a distance
  • Solid computer experience with emphasis in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Experience with Mac an asset.
  • Flexibility over working hours.
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission and values of the European Climate Foundation.
  • Experience in working with NGOs is highly desirable.

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Start date: As soon as practicable

Contract: Initially a two-year contract, following a probation period.

Compensation: Competitive

To apply: Please send your CV and cover letter in English to Please indicate ´Recruitment – ECF Programme Manager/Administrator´ in the Subject line. Telephone calls will not be forwarded to the recruitment team. All candidates will however receive a written reply.

Application deadline: Monday 28 April 2014.

For more information on the ECF, please visit

IPCC Report launch in Berlin: More renewables, more coal, more CO2 emissions – how to make sense of German climate policy?

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On 13 April, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will launch part three of its global report. It will do so in Berlin, capital of a country globally recognised as a pioneer of climate policy. The main theme of the report: climate policy.

However, Germany is apparently facing a paradox: While the share of renewables in the power mix is climbing to new heights, the share of coal has simultaneously gone up. And the most climate-toxic fuel of all – lignite or soft coal – is particularly attractive for utilities. So how could Germany escape this „energiewende paradox“?

Two days prior to the launch of the launch of the IPCC report in Berlin, we are taking stock of German climate policy by asking:

  • Buildings, transport, industry, agriculture – forgotten sectors of climate policy?
  • More wind, more solar, more CO2 – is the „energiewende“ going wrong?
  • Transformation of the energy sector – does Germany need a new consensus on coal?

We will discuss these questions at a press conference on Friday, 11 April at 11.00 a.m. at Haus der Pressekonferenz, Schiffbauerdamm 40, Berlin-Mitte. Speakers are:

  • Professor Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Chairman of the Council of Agora Energiewende, former Executive Director UNEP
  • Patrick Graichen, Director Agora Energiewende

At the press conference, Agora Energiewende will present an analysis of the past and future trends of fossil fuels in the German energy mix.  Simultaneous translation (German/English) will be provided.

We cordially invite you to participate in the press conference. For planning purposes, we kindly ask you to please register by sending a mail to

Looking forward to seeing you on 11 April,

IPCC – Climate change will impact economic growth

As temperatures rise due to climate change, risks multiply for crops, water supplies, biodiversity and oceans, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. For the business community, climate change will also hit growth.

The report found that the impacts will be felt by every sector of the economy and are relevant to all investors, financial services and businesses.

A link to the IPCC report can be found here.

Review of the 2030 Impact Assessment

CE Delft has published a study that reviews the European Commission Impact Assessment for the 2030 climate and energy policy framework. Although the study commends the European Commission on the depth and detail of its economic analysis, it also demonstrates that no systematic cost-benefit analysis has been carried out. It concludes that the higher end reduction scenarios actually yield the highest economic benefits and suggests the Commission should analyse these scenarios in closer detail.

Download the study here.

Europe’s low-carbon transition: understanding the chemicals sector

Europe’s low-carbon transition: understanding the chemicals sector

Is there a way for Europe to increase its competitiveness, while at the same time reducing its greenhouse gas emissions?  This is the key question that the European Climate Foundation asks in a study looking at the relationship between emissions reductions and competitiveness, using the European chemicals industry as a case study.

The ECF authored the report with analytical support from McKinsey & Company and in consultation with a group of industry representatives and academics. It highlights the need for a broader notion of competitiveness to enable Europe to profit from the challenges of the transition. As a major share of emissions reduction opportunities identified in the study lie in cross-company and cross-sector integration, the question is raised as to how industry and policy makers can interact effectively to unlock these more complex opportunities.

The report can be downloaded here.

The annexes can be downloaded here.

The launch presentation can be downloaded here.

Johannes Meier speaks on energy and competitiveness

Johannes Meier speaks on energy and competitiveness

In a speech delivered at the European Energy Forecast Summit (Feb 6), ECF CEO Johannes Meier describes Europe’s dilemmas in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, particularly with regard to the current debate over the 2030 climate and energy package.  He argues for a broader notion of competitiveness when trying to tackle the challenge of balancing competitiveness, security of supply, and sustainability.

The Premier Cercle conference was headlined by Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, and featured other prominent policy makers and experts on energy and power.

Europe kicks off 2030 climate and energy debate

The debate over European Union climate and energy goals for 2030 is underway after the European Commission laid out its vision on January 22. The package included a communication on the policy framework for 2030, a report on the drivers of energy prices and a legislative proposal to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

The Commission proposed a binding 2030 target of cutting EU domestic emissions by 40% compared to 1990 levels, and a goal of growing the share of renewables in final EU energy consumption to at least 27%. No energy efficiency target was proposed, but the Commission confirmed its commitment to consider this during the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive in June 2014.

The Commission called for an end to efforts to reduce the carbon intensity of transport fuels under the Fuel Quality Directive, a move that increases future access to the EU market for high-carbon fuels such as tar sands. Targets and support measures for biofuels from food crops should be scrapped after 2020, it recommended.

The headline targets are in line with the Commission’s 2050 low-carbon economy roadmap from 2011, although at the lowest end of the range. The pathways described in this roadmap were in turn at the lowest end of the 80-95% emissions reduction range that formed the EU’s long-term objective for 2050. This objective was derived from the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the level of reductions developed countries need to achieve to have a 50% chance of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2°C.

NEXT STEPS: The Commission’s proposals will be debated between EU Member States at the European Summits of March and June 2014 and in the European Parliament. The level of ambition demonstrated by the European institutions also plays into the international debate, during preparations for a new global agreement on climate change, to be signed in Paris in 2015. The Commission therefore calls for an EU decision on at least the headline emissions target by the end of 2014.

The European Climate Foundation believes the proposed package represents an important baseline for the 2030 debate. The ECF will work with its partners throughout 2014 and beyond to ensure the EU’s climate objectives put member states on an economically sustainable pathway to a low-carbon future and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels that science shows are necessary.

The Commission’s press release can be found here.

Can Europe Manage the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy?

In this two-part interview in European Energy Review, ECF CEO Johannes Meier describes the transition to a decarbonised economy as a huge opportunity for the EU to set an example for the rest of the world.  Says Johannes, “Our ability to innovate, to drive down costs in the large European market, and to manage the transition in a complex group of democracies can provide a reference point for China and India.”

Download Johannes’ interview: