Senior Program Officer Asia Pacific Sustainability

Asia Society

New York, NY, USA

Full time

Apr 20

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) is a think- and do-tank 

that tackles major policy challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific 

in security, prosperity and climate. ASPI’s climate work supports 

the development and implementation of ambitious and effective 

climate policies in Asia including carbon pricing, energy 

transition and net zero emission goals. Major areas of work 

currently include resolving design challenges of China’s national 

greenhouse gas emissions trading system, supporting 

development of successful national emissions trading systems 

across North East and South East Asia and climate policy 

cooperation between U.S. and China. 


 

A Senior Program Officer will coordinate and help implement 

our climate projects that help to shape climate policy in Asia. 


The position will support the Director of Asia-Pacific 

Sustainability. It is a 2-year, grant-funded position, with the 

potential for extension. 


Responsibilities: 


• Coordinate and draft reports, policy papers, media articles, and 

other project deliverables on carbon pricing, energy transition, 

net zero emission goals and other climate policy topics, within 

quality, time and budget constraints. 

• Conduct desk research on status of emissions trading system 

development and related policy areas in China and elsewhere in 

Asia, as well as international best practice. 

• Develop high quality materials for publication and coordinate 

their dissemination through various media outlets. 

• Support development and delivery of online and in-person 

meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences, including all 

organizational and logistical aspects. 

• Build and maintain relationships with key project stakeholders at 

Asian and international levels. 

• Support development of project concepts and proposals for new 

fundraising. 

• Provide all administrative support and budget tracking for ASPI 

climate projects. 

• Engage in other duties as assigned. 


Qualifications and experience: 


• Master’s degree or higher in subject relevant to climate change 

mitigation policy. 

• At least three years of relevant professional experience in a 

government, consulting, research or NGO environment. 

• Knowledge and experience in greenhouse gas emissions trading 

systems, national GHG mitigation targets (including net zero 

goals) and energy transition, and associated policies at national, 

including Asian, and international levels. 

• Knowledge of policy development methodologies including cost-

benefit analysis, impact assessment, policy implementation and 

evaluation. 

• Experience in developing high quality and impactful written 

products for policy decision-makers. 

• Experience with organization and delivery of events such as 

workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, etc. 

• Experience in supporting project management including 

administrative and financial support to projects. 


Skills: 


• Excellent team working, able to work within multi-cultural and 

multi-disciplinary teams spread across several countries and time 

zones. 

• Strong analytical skills in relevant areas. 

• Good project management skills. 

• Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

• Highly developed interpersonal skills and self-motivation, able to 

work independently with minimal supervision. 

• Ability to prioritize, multi-task and work to strict deadlines. 

• Excellent attention to detail. 

• Fluency in English required. 


Competitive salary and benefits

How to Apply: 


Please email (1) cover letter addressing qualifications; (2) resume; and

(3) salary requirements to aspijobs@asiasociety.org.

These attachments should be PDF or MS Word files. 

The email subject line should indicate the job title, code 2008 and your last 

name. 


Only complete applications will be accepted. No phone calls, please.

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Please regard your resume as having been received unless your email is bounced back. 

Please apply directly to email address.


Asia Society is an equal opportunity employer. 

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