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Monday, July 4, 2011


Climate Change Policy and Technology (CCPT) Fellowship Program

Appointment Qualifications

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, graduates of a degree program at an accredited institution within the past five years and able to commit to a full-time, one-year appointment starting in the fall of 2011 with the possibility of additional extensions up to two years. Preferred disciplines include public policy, engineering, physical sciences, economics, business and law. The appointment will be located in Washington D.C. Stipends will range from $35,000 to $90,000 annually, based on academic level and experience, and may include additional allowances for housing, local transportation and insurance.

The successful applicant will have project management experience (which includes leading
and coordinating the efforts of a group), demonstrated analytical capabilities, and strong interpersonal skills. International experience, prior work in energy and/or climate change policy, and private-sector experience are preferred.

Office Description

The Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology (CCPT) within the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PI) leads the Department of Energy’s domestic and international climate and clean energy policy activities, which include policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Specific areas of focus within CCPT include: (1) Design and analysis of U.S. climate and clean energy legislation; (2) Design and analysis of complementary policies or stand-alone measures to encourage early commercialization and deployment of clean energy technologies, including both energy supply and energy efficiency technologies; (3) Evaluation of the Department’s energy technology research and development portfolio; (4) Coordination and implementation of international climate change activities.

The appointment is within the CCPT’s International Team, which serves as the Department’s focal point for the Administration’s international climate and clean energy activities. The International Team coordinates DOE participation in international forums that focus on these topics, such as the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), the Major Economies Forum (MEF), and other bilateral and multilateral activities in the area of climate change and clean energy. It also develops and implements international climate and clean energy initiatives consistent with Administration policy objectives and coordinates the related efforts of other DOE program offices. In doing so, the Office works cooperatively with other agencies and with other offices in the Office of Policy and International Affairs.

Appointment Description

The Office of Climate Change Policy and Technology (CCPT) within the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PI) is seeking a talented and committed person to join CCPT’s International Team. The CCPT Fellow will focus on supporting efforts related to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is a high-level forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Participating governments include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More information can be found at

In particular, the incumbent’s primary responsibility is expected to involve helping to lead the multilateral Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Efficiency (SEAD) initiative, which seeks to transform the global market for efficient equipment and appliances. SEAD was launched at the first meeting of the Clean Energy Ministerial in July 2010, and its partners are working together to accomplish the following: (1) “raise the efficiency ceiling” by pulling super‐efficient appliances and equipment into the market through cooperation on measures like incentives, procurement, awards and R&D investments; (2) “raise the efficiency floor” by bolstering national or regional policies like minimum efficiency standards; and (3) “strengthen the foundations” of efficiency programs by coordinating technical work to support these activities. More information can be found at and

The CCPT Fellow appointee will lead or co-lead SEAD working groups focused on:
(1) determining the energy savings potential attributable to equipment and appliance efficiency; (2) promoting public and private procurement of efficient equipment; and (3) recognizing the world’s most efficient equipment and appliances through a newly-launched global awards program. In this capacity, the CCPT Fellow will need to work with technical experts both inside and outside of DOE, international counterparts, and contractors.

Depending on the interests of the CCPT Fellow, in addition to the needs of CCTP’s International Team, the appointee may also focus on other CEM initiatives that DOE leads or co-leads, such as those focused on electric vehicles, smart grids, and industrial and buildings efficiency.

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