Greenpeace International is seeking a Global Climate Political Task Force Leader, a senior global climate political expert to join its international Programme Department. This is a full-time opportunity; initially part of a 2 year initiative to be based in any established Greenpeace Office.
As Global Climate Political Task Force Leader, you will not only need to understand global politics, but also delve into the national political and corporate developments that then inform the whole. Greenpeace works in a distributed manner so this person will be working with national and regional offices with both geographic and issue experts to gather, synthesise and provide high level political advice to Greenpeace leadership and campaigns.
Are you an excellent organiser, with at least five years of experience working in global climate politics and do you have issue expertise in a relevant climate field, optimally with experience working in emerging economies? Are you able to manage remotely, and motivate disparate groups of people around the world, driving them towards collective strategic understanding and action? Are you able to work closely with communications experts to inform narrative(s) around the work?

If you are ready for a challenge and adventure, then see if you match the following:

  • Leading the newly established Greenpeace Global Political 1.5°C Task Force;
  • Building a small core team and developing, through consultation with internal and external stakeholders, the full terms of reference for the work on the task force, which will broadly include networking, strategy development, expert services and engagement;
  • Reporting to the International Programme Director, and working closely with the International Executive Directors, and the Programme Department;
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with key people both in Greenpeace National and Regional Offices (NROs), as well as the leaders of Greenpeace programmes, and the broader movement (from progressive corporate and investor groups to social movements, human rights organisations and indigenous communities) to better understand where we are going, add our unique value and lead where appropriate but also respecting others;
  • Identifying key opportunities and finding the resources needed to make use of these when they arise;
  • Representing Greenpeace at many different levels, within the movement, and with a range of stakeholders, including political circles;
  • Scanning and interpreting relevant national and global political, corporate, social, financial developments as well as actionable intelligence from and for key audiences;
  • Managing the production of briefings for the International Executive Directors, Executive Directors or others as needed.


What we are looking for:

  • 5 yrs+ experience in global climate (broadly defined) politics and policy
  • Excellent knowledge of climate and environmental issues, with strategic insight at the global level, and the ability to link national and international political dynamics, and identify the opportunities
  • An active political affiliate, who is able to assess the different political angles spontaneously and to connect that political thinking with the issues/substance
  • A strong network in the global climate political arena
  • A good understanding of the business sector and their involvement with climate politics
  • Strong leadership and excellent networking skills
  • Ability to scan and synthesise relevant Greenpeace project work globally
  • Ability to seek out opportunities and find the necessary resources to make best use of them
  • Ability to manage an international, multicultural and geographically dispersed team
  • Excellent communication skills in English (both written and spoken), additional languages are an advantage
  • Ability to working effectively within tight deadlines and under stressful conditions

Company description

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning network that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. It consists of 26 independent national/regional organisations in over 55 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific as well as a co-ordinating body (not headquarters) Greenpeace International.  Our application of non-violence goes beyond mere physical harm to encompass verbal aggression, threats, gratuitous property damage and environmental harm.  Risk-taking is part of our identity and an inherent part of our work; we aim to take only “smart” risks. Greenpeace International assumes a moral duty of care over our risk-takers that extends beyond our legal obligations to reflect full solidarity with those taking risks.

Contact information

Want to join us? We would like to meet you!
Apply with your CV and Cover Letter (in English), telling us why you think you would be a great fit for this position before the application deadline, 3rd of May 2017 at 23:59 (CET)!
Please contact our Recruiter on, should you have any additional questions about this vacancy or on this recruitment process.

Please note: In order to aid to a fair recruitment process, we will only consider applications submitted via our website.


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Paula Tejon Carbajal

Global Business Stategist
I love working for Greenpeace because I am continuously encouraged to think out of the box and challenged to try and learn new things with and from a very passionate family settled across the world with one same purpose: save the planet.