Project Manager - Climate Change, Non-profit

Posted on 12 May 2023
Salary: Competitive
Location: Remote working
Hours: Full-time
Closing date: 24 May 2023
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Ember is seeking a talented Project Manager to oversee creation and launch of our major research and data tools – all aiming to accelerate the global electricity transition and tackle climate change. The role will have a particular focus on the coordination of our annual Global Electricity Review project, and coordinating our cross-team project to deliver monthly data stories. You will be responsible for ensuring that the projects are delivered on time, to a high standard, and harness the power of our global team of international energy experts.

Ember has a track record of influencing global climate and energy policy with our data and research. The project manager role will work across our international teams to coordinate our work and streamline our internal processes.

A priority of the project manager will be coordinating our Global Electricity Review and associated outputs. Ember’s annual Global Electricity Review provides the most transparent and up-to-date overview of changes in global electricity generation, and is respected by international policymakers and media. Your job will be to take the project to the next level – and help accelerate the global transition to clean power. Over the full year, the report involves contributions from across Ember’s 40 strong team, plus external experts, and analyses electricity data from 78 countries representing 93% of global electricity demand.

At the same time, we need a project manager to oversee and coordinate the development and execution of our monthly press stories initiative – using our unique power sector data to secure regular stories in top-tier media in Europe, Asia and beyond, delivering a drumbeat of stories on solar and wind records which show how the global electricity transition is accelerating.


Key responsibilities

  • Lead the planning and execution of the Global Electricity Review project, ensuring that project timelines and budget are met.
  • Ensuring effective cross-team collaboration across Ember's data, policy, comms, data viz, ops teams
  • Ensure that all reports meet Ember’s high standards for accuracy and quality, and that all data and analysis are transparently presented.
  • Ensure the team is developing relationships with stakeholders, including partners, funders, to promote the report and Ember’s work. Ensure that local voices are incorporated.
  • Use your emotional intelligence and leadership skills to persuade team members, resolve conflicts, and harness each team member’s superpowers.
  • Develop streamlined and scalable processes including developing approaches with the use of automation and artificial intelligence technologies.
  • Coordinate the involvement of third parties, including translators and designers.
  • Monitor and report on project progress to Ember’s senior leadership team, identifying risks and opportunities and proposing solutions.
  • Coordinate the involvement of the Project Advisory Board and Ember’s Non-Executive Board.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of projects, including creating case studies, providing regular updates to Ember's senior leadership team and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Must Have

  • At least 3 years of experience in project management, ideally in a research or policy context, with a track record of delivering complex, lengthy projects
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, in a fluid, fast-paced and highly collaborative setting.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and effectively for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Interpersonal skills to drive effective collaboration and resolve any conflicts or challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, and funders.

Nice to have

  • Passion for addressing climate change and promoting the transition to clean energy.
  • Experience project managing the publication of reports/publications.

Salary & hours

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract: Full time, permanent subject to a 3 month probationary period. Ember operates a 9 day fortnight at full pay, so every other Friday is a non-working day. For employees based outside of the UK, a local payroll contract is available, dependent on the country.
  • Location: Fully remote (must be in a timezone between GMT and GMT +8) Candidates working in the same countries as our current team are preferred: Poland, Turkey, India, Indonesia, South Korea.


  • 25 days holiday, plus UK bank holidays (unless local statutory minimums are higher) and for each year that you're part of the team at Ember you'll receive an additional day of holiday, up to a maximum of 5 additional days.
  • Generous paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working.
  • Access to co-working spaces in Edinburgh and London shared with other NGOs. Access to a local working space can also be arranged for employees located in other cities.
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Access to a counselling service
  • Funding and allocated time for your training and development
  • Paid volunteer day
  • Two paid days off to enable low carbon travel
  • Time off to donate blood
  • Season Ticket loan

Deadline for applications

The application closes at 23:59 (UK time) on 24 May 2023.

How to apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this role.  Candidates who have submitted an application will be contacted in due course.

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Working at Ember

Ember is an independent energy & climate think tank, using data to drive down carbon emissions from electricity generation and to phase out coal. We gather, curate and analyse data on the global power system – and use our findings to improve energy and climate policy.

You’ll be joining us at a period of rapid growth, and be part of an innovative team that’s having a global impact in tackling climate change. We are also a founding member of Subak, the world’s first non-profit accelerator that scales climate impact through data, policy and behaviour change.

We are especially keen to encourage applications from people underrepresented in climate change analysis and campaigning. Climate change is a race issue, a class issue, and a gender issue. We welcome applicants with lived experiences of these issues.