Science Advisor (Part Time), Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)

August 18, 2021

The Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G) is an initiative hosted by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (CCEIA) to the creation of effective and inclusive governance for emerging climate-altering technologies, in particular, for solar radiation modification and large-scale carbon dioxide removal. C2G is impartial regarding the research, testing or potential use of any proposed technologies or interventions (these are choices for society to make). C2G is focused on expanding the conversation from the scientific and research community to the global policy-making arena and encourages well-informed, society-wide discussions about their risks or potential benefits, as well as their ethical and governance challenges. Founded in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, CCEIA is an institution with global reach which for over 100 years, has promoted voices for ethics in international relations, education, and policy.

Context:

Emerging climate-altering technologies are defined as intentional planetary-scale interventions in the Earth system to reduce the risks of climate change and include both large-scale carbon removal and solar radiation modification. There is increasing interest in emerging climate technologies as the challenge of staying well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels—as called for in the 2015 Paris Agreement—becomes more apparent. Emerging climate technologies would have significant, long-term, planetary-wide consequences for this and future generations. No comprehensive governance framework(s) exist for their effective management, which, given their impacts, fundamentally requires multilateral governance. Yet policymakers around the world have yet little if any understanding of these technologies and their governance needs.

There is an urgent need for a broad, inclusive global discussion on how to govern the research, possible testing and deployment of these emerging technologies. The C2G Initiative is shifting this discussion from academia to the national and intergovernmental policy community, through systematic engagement with government representatives, intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other non-state actors. C2G is not for or against the research, testing or potential use of emerging climate technologies. We believe that is a decision society must take, and that the risks of having this conversation now are far less than not doing so. 

The position of science advisor exists to support C2G’s work to ensure it continues to be informed by the latest high-quality science and research.

Responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of the executive director of C2G and reporting to the director of knowledge management, the science advisor will:

  • Provide a monthly update of key science and other research advancements relevant to C2G’s mission.
  • Review and provide inputs to (internal and external) briefings and other materials to ensure they are based on the latest high-quality science and are accurate and impartial.
  • Provide analysis and summarize findings from scientific research and research assessments (including e.g., forthcoming IPCC AR6 reports in 2022) for inputs to internal and external briefings and other materials.
  • Provide evidence-based answers to ad-hoc internal science-related questions from the team.
  • Serve as the coordinator and focal point for soliciting mission-relevant advice from other scientists across a range of fields, including physical and social sciences.
  • Other responsibilities as agreed by the director of knowledge management or the executive director.

Location:  

C2G operates as a virtual team working in various locations worldwide. As an independent contractor the candidate can be based in any location where s/he/they has work authorization. Ability to provide support across office hours in EST/CET time zones would be necessary. High-speed Internet connection (partial support to increase connectivity can be provided). No work-visa can be sponsored by Carnegie Council in any location.

Qualifications, skills, and experience (essential):

  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in scientific and/or interdisciplinary research.
  • PhD or at minimum MSc. in relevant field.
  • Extensive professional network of scientific contacts globally and access to leading interdisciplinary researchers in the social sciences and research governance experts.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality and impartiality.
  • Political sensitivity, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and concisely about complex issues and to translate complex issues into plain spoken and written English.
  • Ability to work in English (written and spoken).

Qualifications, skills, and experience (desirable):

  • Strong preference for science advisor to be part of a well-established scientific or research institution, think tank, philanthropic circle, or policy analysis organization to have immediate access to a wide interdisciplinary network of relevant scientists and researchers.
  • Expertise in governance ideally with experience of SRM and CDR.
  • Knowledge of physical and social science implications of SRM and CDR to inform governance conversations.
  • Published in the field.
  • Active in relevant international scientific networks and/or research societies internationally.
  • Experience working on the governance of emerging technologies.
  • Experience working in an international, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary context.
  • Experience working in global remote team.
  • Additional language skills desirable.

Compensation and contractual arrangements:

This is an independent contractor position and is open and available as soon as possible. The contract is offered on a part-time basis for up to 10 working days per month. The contract will initially be until end of December 2021 but will be extendable for up to two years subject to funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive fee rate will be offered commensurate with the level of relevant experience. Work will be performed remotely from the advisor’s own office.

The advisor will become part of the C2G virtual global team during this period. From an administrative perspective, the work will be undertaken as an independent contractor of Carnegie Council. Therefore, the position does not offer any additional benefits.

Applications:

Applications from suitable candidates should be sent (indicating “science advisor” in the subject line) to mas@c2g2.net

Deadline for submission: 5 September 2021