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Climate Policy Initiative

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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25 days ago


Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) works to improve the most important energy and land use policies around the world, with a particular focus on finance. CPI supports decision makers through in-depth analysis on what works and what does not. CPI works in places that provide the most potential for policy impact, including Brasil, Europe, India, Indonesia, Kenya and the United States. Our work helps nations grow while addressing increasingly scarce resources and climate risk. This is a complex challenge in which policy plays a crucial role. CPI is a small but dynamic organization, with a global reach and an entrepreneurial culture. We work hard to maintain an idea-driven, collaborative environment across all our teams.

CPI’s Climate Finance program guides decision makers who are working to ensure economic growth while addressing increasingly scarce resources and climate risk. Enough capital exists to transition the world into a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. However, current investment in climate-friendly development falls far short of the need. CPI works to redirect finance from high- to low-carbon activities and helps decision makers use their resources wisely. We provide much-needed information on climate finance flows, apply in-depth analysis to guide decision makers on their efforts, and support innovation in finance to address investors’ needs and lower costs.

Position Summary

CPI offers a challenging environment that requires independent thinking, collaboration, and pragmatic problem solving. The role of Analyst supports the deliverables of CPI’s international Climate Finance work stream, focusing on issues such as the governance of international funds, the evaluation of their allocation and effectiveness, and the design of innovative climate finance instruments that effectively align public and private interests.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Country Office Director, the Analyst undertakes robust and careful analysis, drawing on methodologies from micro- and macroeconomics, public policy, regulatory economics, finance, behavioral science, risk management, statistics, law, engineering, and other academic and commercial disciplines.

In conducting analysis, the Analyst is required to work in close cooperation with a range of international partners from the policy, finance, and corporate spheres, as well as with CPI teams throughout the world. Previous work experience with climate policy, finance, or regulation, and proven sectoral interest in agriculture/land use, cities, and/or gender equity are valuable assets.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Includes the following and others as assigned:

  • Perform rigorous quantitative evaluation of national and international climate finance mechanisms and climate and energy policies
  • Under the direction of Senior Analysts, contribute to the design, management, and implementation of complex research assignments and analytical projects
  • Engage clients throughout the research process and advise policymakers on the implications of research findings
  • Assist in the writing and editing of high-quality CPI products, including full reports, executive summaries, blogs, and presentations
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working around the globe
  • Produce high-quality materials on demanding deadlines


  • At least two years of professional experience
  • BA or BS degree required with coursework in finance, economics, and policy. Master's degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, or a related, quantitatively rigorous field strongly preferred

Valued experience and skills

  • Experience analyzing climate finance, economics of policy choices, and/or energy and climate markets, agriculture/land use finance and/or tracking climate finance.
  • Experience in financial modeling and/or macroeconomic modeling of energy and climate markets
  • Knowledge of SQL, R, Python
  • Independent, analytical mind with a track record of applying sound financial, political and strategic judgment to complex issues
  • Flexibility, professionalism, enthusiasm for working as part of a team, and an ability to interact with a diverse array of people
  • Strong attention to detail, organization, time management, and prioritization skills, and an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Superior English written and verbal communications skills
  • Additional language fluency
  • Experience working in developing economies

Location and compensation

CPI is hiring for one or more full-time Analyst positions, open immediately. The positions will be located in London, Washington DC, or San Francisco. CPI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Compensation will be based on experience.

To apply

Visit this link to submit an application. With your application, attach two documents: (1) CV no longer than 2 pages (2) a cover letter no longer than 1 page.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK or USA.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and open until filled. Apply early.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

CPI Commitment

Climate Policy Initiative is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we are working to embed DEI across every facet of our organisation. We seek to establish a working environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, and contractors feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are openly valued as critical to the success of our organization and the achievement of our mission and vision.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process.