The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is the leading international voice of the
business community on the subject of carbon markets, with 150 well-known corporate
members from financial sector (e.g. Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan) to industry (e.g. BP, Toyota,
Dow Chemicals). IETA deals with EU and UN institutions, governments and the private sector
around the world to encourage cost-efficient and effective climate change strategies. IETA’s HQ
is in Geneva and its main subsidiary offices are in Brussels, Toronto, Washington and Canberra.
The EU Policy Director is responsible for running a small office of IETA in Brussels, developing
and implementing policy initiatives and advocacy related to carbon market and international
emissions trading. She/he is also helping and representing the interests of IETA members in
Europe, gathering information about European developments relevant to emission trading,
advising IETA member, contributing European perspectives to the formulation of IETA policies
and to other IETA activities including trade fairs and conferences.
Place of work: Brussels, travelling to other major European cities roughly twice a month and
further afield roughly every three/four months
Reporting to: IETA President and CEO, based in Geneva
Management responsibilities: the post is usually supported by an intern or trainee and involves
running a small office in the heart of political Brussels
Typical activities: visiting and lobbying Commission officials, Member States’ officials and MEPs;
informing members on EU energy and climate policy; liaising with other business and
environmental NGOs; speaking at conferences; writing articles and position papers; managing
conference calls and member meetings; also supporting IETA global activities such as conference and trade fairs.
Competences required: at least 3 years of increasingly responsible work experience;
understanding of European and global climate change politics, in particular emissions trading
schemes; understanding of European and global energy politics; understanding of European
institutions and political and legislative processes; understanding of business operations and
requirements, ability to write fast and cogently, sensitivity to the needs and concerns of
members, ability to speak persuasively in public, ability to work independently
Further conditions: EU citizenship
Linguistic abilities: excellent spoken and written English; competence in French and other
languages of the EU an advantage.