WCA is recruiting a ‘Policy Analyst’

Christopher Demetriou

14 Sep 2022

The WCA is recruiting a ‘Policy Analyst’ who will have a diverse range of responsibilities, including the implementation of the WCAs global advocacy efforts, and the execution of its policy, strategy, and sustainability campaigns through the drafting of policy and technical documents.

The ideal candidate will be preferably based in India, China, or South Africa.

Please send a cover letter and CV to [email protected]. Only cover letters and CVs sent to [email protected] will be considered.

The full job requirements can be found below.

About the WCA

The World Coal Association (WCA) is a global industry group representing the coal value chain. We represent members who are industry leaders and committed to playing an active, constructive role in meeting the global challenges of both economic development and climate change. We work to secure the long-term sustainability of a responsible coal sector, bringing together stakeholders to help the industry respond to the challenges it faces, encouraging innovation and deployment of abatement technology.

Role of the Policy Analyst

The Policy Analyst will dual support the Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations and Director Strategy and Sustainability, working both independently and as part of the wider team. You will have a diverse range of responsibilities, including the implementation of the WCAs global advocacy efforts, the execution of its policy, strategy and sustainability campaigns, through the drafting of policy and technical documents.

You will have a pro-active approach to analysis and relationship building to identify opportunities for the WCA; playing a leading role in developing the WCAs interaction with senior members of government, their staff and other stakeholders, fostering professional relationships with them.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Together with the Director of Policy and Government Affairs and Director of Strategy and Sustainability, develop, implement & deliver a strategy for the WCAs policy and public affairs activity. Oversee and manage high profile policy projects and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of these projects, using performance indicators and outcome measures.
  • Support the research, analysis and drafting of policy positions across a broad range of issues, with a focus on energy, climate change and sustainable development.
  • Develop policy briefings, reports, technical documents, and general analytical content for the WCA.
  • Provide information and analysis on stakeholder activities, support and identify opportunities for stakeholder engagement and advise the secretariat on threats and opportunities arising on specific issues.
  • Plan, manage and support the delivery of WCAs flagship forums, including setting project timelines, inviting, identifying and coordinating with speakers, liaising with partners, coordinating suppliers and logistics, working with the Communications team to develop event material.
  • Undertake first class monitoring and research to proactively stay abreast of political developments and ESG issues and sustainability disclosure and performance.
  • Work closely with colleagues and WCA members to develop relevant and topical materials to convey member priorities to decision-makers.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Educated to degree level in economics, public policy, sustainability, or another relevant field post-graduate degree is desirable.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in public policy, public affairs, public relations, or political work – preferably with international stakeholders.
  • Strong understanding of ESG issues. Awareness of and prior experience with ESG reporting frameworks.
  • Good knowledge of international energy, environment and climate change policy and processes, and the wider political landscape.
  • Knowledge of, and work experience in, key coal producing and consuming jurisdictions such as South Africa, India, China, Indonesia and Australia, is advantageous but not essential.
  • A strategic thinker and effective networker and influencer, with a track record of developing, managing and delivering successful influencing campaigns.
  • Proven research skills and experience of drafting policy documents and reports, and ability to translate complex technical and scientific concepts for the public and policymakers. Some technical knowledge of air pollution and climate change policy and science is desirable.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to deliver complex projects to deadlines.
  • Experience of managing senior and complex stakeholder relationships.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to act sensitively where there are different viewpoints which must be respected to make progress.
  • Be capable of operating independently as part of a small, hard-working team and prepared to assist outside of office hours where necessary to meet project requirements.