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Program Director - Energy Transitions and Environment


Posted on May 10, 2018

22 - 23 years Riyadh - Saudi Arabia

Ph.D/Doctorate(Other). Any Nationality

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KAPSARC seeks a passionate, experienced Program Director to leadand contribute empirical work and policy analysis on electricity sectortransitions, technology development, environmental policy and climate change. Thiswork will focus on economically efficient policy instruments for incentivizinga transition towards more sustainable power generation mixes, includingnuclear, renewables and fossil fuels and their role in achieving environmentalsustainability.
The successful candidate will provide on-going thought leadership,guidance and supervision to ensure research projects result in high quality andactionable policy options. KAPSARC s research work involves a mix of analyticaland policy-oriented research which is conducted in a dynamic, multiculturalenvironment by a team of highly-qualified and experienced economists. ThePrograms are organized by skillset and area of study (a functionalorganization) while the research portfolio is organized through the lens of theresearch questions. Management in a matrixed organization to ensure thatproject teams consisting of colleagues from several programs can be effectivelyexecuted is an essential capability.
Program Director is a member of the ResearchLeadership Team and contributes to setting a tone of collegiality, intellectualrisk taking, team work and institutional collaboration. Accountability is tocolleagues in the Research Leadership Team as much as it is to theVice-President of Research in order to allow authority to be pushed downthrough the organization to the greatest possible extent.
Educational Qualifications
A PhD in economics, environmental economics, public policy or a related field. Alternatively, a Bachelor or Master Degree with significant experience.
Min 22 years of confirmed professional experience working on climate change policy, or other policy-related fields, preferably within a research organization, government or an international organization
Excellent command of the English language (spoken/written)
Widely recognized as an expert within the following economic fields: Energy and environmental policies; climate change, financing, carbon pricing
Thorough knowledge of international approaches to energy and environmental issues
Strong experience of working in evidence-based public policy impacting public policy or institutional reforms
Proven ability to draft analytical and evidence-based policy-relevant papers that are clear, concise and reader-friendly; successful peer-reviewed publication is an advantage
Demonstrated quantitative and/or qualitative research skills
Strong ability to gather relevant information and data
Ability to develop the capabilities of junior staff and mentor them in terms of career development by delivering constructive comments and reviews
Ability to manage in a matrixed, functional/topic institutional environment
Good communication skills and enthusiastic team player
Management of progress and planning for the research projects to which members of the Program will contribute.
Identify relevant research questions and appropriate methodologies leading to designing proposing Research Initiatives or Projects within approved Initiatives, coordinating with the research leadership team to ensure consistency cross the portfolio
Taking ownership of Research Initiatives that are aligned with the expertise of Program Director and being accountable at Research Leadership Team Level for projects led by members of the Energy Transitions and Environment Program.
Provide on-going thought leadership, guidance and supervision to ensure that research projects result in high quality, concrete and actionable policy options
Make significant contributions to other projects or initiatives led by colleagues
Provide intellectual leadership in ensuring the relevance and impact of policy advice in environmental policy and contribute to the definition of strategic research directions
Design, conduct and disseminate research through effective communication approaches that meet the needs of different audiences and maximize the impact of KAPSARC s work
Collaborate effectively across KAPSARC and its stakeholder networks to ensure that KAPSARC s advice on transitions, climate and environmental policy is developed and disseminated in a consistent and coherent way.
Carry out statistical and advanced modeling or econometric work (Preferred but not essential)
Draft, edit and produce evidence-based policy papers, working papers, reports and other publications on the above topics that are clear, concise and reader-friendly
Deliver presentations at conferences and workshops
Partnering with HR and the Research Operations in the professional development for new researchers in the energy economics domain
Monitoring the travel & expenses and travel approvals in the program area

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