Associate - China Power Sector

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Company Overview

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. RMI has approximately 220 full-time staff, including 25 staff working for China program, and offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

In 2013, RMI began working in China as a part of a joint research project including the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs’ China Energy Group, and Energy Foundation China. The group designed a road map, called Reinventing Fire: China, to promote renewables and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the Chinese economy without compromising economic growth. This roadmap has become the basis for ongoing programmatic activity.

RMI continues to expand its Chinese presence, with a Beijing office serving as the hub for our nation-wide engagements. In 2017, RMI was awarded an Overseas NGO Certificate by China, and the National Energy Administration is the organization in charge of our operations in China. The Beijing office works on multiple parts of China’s energy transformation including power sector reform, low-carbon mobility and freight solutions, low-carbon cities, and transforming the building stock.

Power Sector China Overview

RMI is seeking exceptional associate-level candidates to join its Power Sector Reform team. Our power sector work is focused on supporting China’s transformation to a market-based system. This evolution is critical to realizing a low-emissions power sector. This work contains three primary work streams:

• Providing original research to national-level policymakers to support the design of appropriate power market reform policy

• Working with provincial-level regulators and market operators to design power market rules and build market oversight and supervision capacity for market pilots and transitions

• Enabling the renewable energy industry to directly access markets, leveraging corporate and city demand to expand renewable installation

RMI supports these efforts by:

• Advising national policymakers on high-level power market design and reform rollout

• Providing analysis on forthcoming policies and their impacts, and providing recommendations for improvement

• Modelling power market impacts to generator, grid, and customer economics

• Recommending specific market rules to implementing provincial policymakers

• Building local capacity to design, operate, and supervise market pilots through training and sharing international experience

• Developing new transaction mechanisms and contract terms to enable renewable energy’s direct participation in the market

• Representing a community of corporate buyers, project developers, and service providers looking to pilot renewable energy direct purchase deals in China

• Convening policymakers, corporations, and research experts to develop the future vision for China’s low-carbon power sector

• Connecting Chinese leaders with international experts and helping contextualize other market experiences in China

Key Responsibilities, Experience, and Qualifications

This position will have the following key responsibilities:

• Develop analysis and original research to support provincial market design and policy development

• Research international experience, identifying relevant materials, synthesizing key takeaways, and identifying relevant content to our research efforts

• Follow the Chinese power market and policy evolution, particularly regarding spot market implementation and the renewable energy industry

• Create insight briefs, research projects, white papers, government co-authored thought-papers, and presentation materials

• Coordinate multi-party collaborations providing input to the creation of policy, implementation plans, and power market rules

• Integrate the advice and experience of international power experts, adjusting recommended approaches to the Chinese context

• Conduct expert interviews, with an ability to guide conversations in a professional manner, extracting key content efficiently while building rapport with industry experts

• Identify industry needs/gaps, and scope clear, achievable deliverables that will meet those needs

• Support business development, identifying new collaborations and projects, and representing these ideas/engagements to funders as needed

• Collaborate with other teams in RMI’s China program on cross-sector collaboration opportunities

• Help translate documents and facilitate meetings in both English and Chinese

Required experience includes:

• Master degree-equivalent or higher

• 1-2 years professional experience in a related field

• Private sector or consulting experience preferred but not required

Other general qualifications for this position may include but are not limited to:

• Excellent spoken and written English and Mandarin

• Skills and desire to change decision-makers’ minds on complex, politically-charged issues

• Excellent writing skills, visual presentation capability, and verbal communication skills

• Experience working with policymakers, particularly at the provincial level

• A solid understanding of wholesale power markets fundamentals, China’s power sector structure, and reform trajectory

• Ability to drive from ideas to implementation, identifying appropriate projects and engagements that can affect concrete, measurable change on broad topics

• Ability to turn information into insights that can shape the thinking of decision-makers

• Strong quantitative comfort, representing complex concepts and modeling results in clear terms to policymakers and industry leaders

• Intense curiosity and creativity, and a willingness to take risks by testing new ideas

• Entrepreneurial self-starter, with a willingness to plunge into unfamiliar problems

• Comfort with altering a course of work mid-stream and working with ambiguity

• Proven cross-cultural sensitivity, with overseas education or work experience preferred

• High emotional intelligence and desire to work collaboratively

• A passion for making the world better


This position will be located in RMI’s Beijing office.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest in working for RMI and your resume to Please submit materials bilingually or in English.

Location: Beijing, 11 China
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