Greenpeace International - Head of Political, Science and Research
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Head of Political, Science & Research

Remote, HybridIPD - International Programme Department

Job description

Permanent* / full time

*offered on a 12 month contract basis initially, with possibility of extension / move to permanent contract, subject to local terms.


Location: The successful candidate may be based in a country where one of the independent National/Regional Greenpeace organisations (NRO’s) is located. See the locations here. [Unfortunately, we are currently unable to host new staff in a number of NROs at this present time, due to various restrictions. We are unable to support hosting of new staff in Africa, India, US, UK, Italy, Colombia, MENA region, in addition to some other NRO locations. The recruitment team may reach out to you to provide an update as necessary, depending on your location]. We offer competitive NGO level salary and benefits, the specifics of which depend on location where the successful candidates will be based. We aim to share this information with candidates before reaching the offer stage.


Greenpeace International (GPI) is looking for a Head of Political, Science and Research to play a key leadership role in our International Programme Department – enhancing the performance, cohesion and alignment of our entire global network and building on their policy, research and analysis expertise across our campaigns.


The International Programme Department provides vision, strategic direction, steer and support for an ambitious Global Programme, with a focus on impact-critical National and Regional Organisations (NROs). Leading and managing the design and development of impactful policy, research and analysis strategies and processes, you will facilitate support to NRO teams seeking issue expertise on Politics and Science and key cross cutting topics, and also lead the development and integration of multiple pools of expertise inside the department, the Greenpeace network and with key allies, creating a stronger Global Programme and global movement for change.


In this role you will:


  • Ensure alignment of Political, Science and Research work with the overall Global Programme Plan.

  • Co-create and drive forward Global Iconic Campaigns with policy, research and analysis.

  • Lead the internal processes necessary to scan different disciplines and issues to hold a medium term view of key cross cutting topics and areas of interest for Greenpeace’s campaign and engagement work.

  • Build and manage an integrated programme approach, with Programme Directors and (co-)heads.

  • Strengthen, support and co-create policy, research and analysis with NRO program leads, project leaders and issue experts in the Political, Science and Research community.

  • Establish transparent project criteria and decision making for the development of key cross cutting topics and the management of internal and external networks of expertise.

  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key allies and strategic partners to align policy, research and analysis and maximise the impact of the global movement.

  • Engage with key decision makers and influential thought leaders in relevant areas.

  • Facilitate NRO-NRO collaboration, especially in the Global South.

  • Foster dialogue and smart risk-taking.

  • Lead, manage and develop a multidisciplinary team including the Head of the Science Unit, Policy Analysts, Expert Analysts and Coordinators in their policy, research, analysis and coordination roles.

  • Task manage staff members from other areas who are allocated to the Political, Science and Research team, as well as consultants retained for specific tasks/projects.

  • Ensure the effective budgeting, management and expenditure of internal resources.


For further details about the role, please see the full job description HERE.


Job requirements

What we’re looking for:


Remember no one has every skill or experience needed for this role and you’ll have the opportunity to learn a lot from the team. We believe someone who has a few of these is well suited to exceed in this role:

  • Significant experience in a senior strategic campaigns and/or engagement role, including leading international teams.

  • A track record of leading policy, research and analysis projects and/or teams.

  • A track record of contributing to successful change management processes.

  • Significant experience of systemic and strategic thinking.

  • Significant experience of designing and working with JEDIS principles.

  • Significant experience working in multilateral fora and multicultural environments, across different geographies and timezones.

  • Exceptional strategic, influencing, negotiation, communication and facilitation skills.

  • Relevant expertise covering the equity and climate justice concerns at the heart of Greenpeace campaigns and engagement.


What you can expect:


You’ll be encouraged to develop both personally and professionally, taking advantage of the wide range of learning and development opportunities available to our staff. Staff can also access various wellbeing initiatives and also have the opportunity to join our global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion staff communities.

Please visit the careers site here, to learn more about working for Greenpeace.


About us:

Greenpeace is a global campaigning network. It comprises 25 independent national/regional organisations, and a coordinating organisation, Greenpeace International. Greenpeace uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future.


Our goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. That means we want to:

  • protect biodiversity in all its forms

  • prevent pollution and abuse of the earth’s ocean, land, air and fresh water

  • end all nuclear threats

  • promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence


To Apply:


We welcome everyone to apply for our positions. We understand that some candidates hesitate to apply unless they meet 100% of the criteria. However, we strongly encourage you to apply if you meet some of the key criteria for our roles. We’d love to know how your unique experience can bring value to our team. We believe in people power and having representation from many different communities to effect change.


If you share our vision, please click 'apply for this job' to begin your application.

To apply for this role, we require you to answer a selection of key criteria and upload your CV (in English) via our online application form.

Addressing the key criteria is an important part of your application. We will be looking for evidence that demonstrates your skills and experience in these areas. Use examples where possible, to draw attention to experience, knowledge, achievements and skills gained in past employment or voluntary/leisure activities, provided they are relevant to the post.

It’s advisable to prepare your responses to the key criteria before starting your online application, as you are unable to save and return to it at a later date.


At GPI, we understand the benefits of using open AI tools (e.g. ChatGPT), however for the purpose of this application we prefer to see answers that were tailored by candidates themselves, without relying too much on these tools, so we can get a good impression on your thinking.


If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email us at recruitment.int@greenpeace.org. Please note that all applications have to be filled out via the website and can't be submitted via this email.


Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and would like to invite you especially to apply!


CLOSING DATE: Sunday 23rd of June 2024, 23:59 (CEST)


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