Economist, New Climate Economy

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World Resources Institute

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26 days ago

Job Summary:

The NCE is seeking an experienced climate-environment and development economist with a background on empirical analysis and research, especially on climate policy and economic modelling applied to climate and the environment; and on stakeholder engagement, to support its Country Studies program and research. In this role, you will support NCE’s Lead economist in overseeing research efforts in NCE focus countries and at the multi-country level. You will be expected to support the oversight of, and directly contribute to modelling work, producing and assisting in reviewing research deliverables, and contribute to reports and working papers produced by the NCE. You will also contribute to funding proposals and coordinate research efforts across multiple partners in-country.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted. We are also open to considering candidates in other locations where WRI has an office- e.g London, The Hague, Addis Ababa etc.

Job Responsibilities:

Research and Writing

  • Serve as a lead author and / or contributor on reports and working papers for the NCE and WRI, including in-depth country-focused pieces and global work
  • Lead and/or support oversight of modelling work ongoing in NCE focus countries and as part of the NCE core work
  • Together with the NCE Lead Economist, advance the conceptualization, design and building of model structures for climate, green and socio-economic policy analysis based on (but not limited to) integrated approaches, such as System Dynamics models
  • Review research deliverables and provide feedback on quality, robustness of results, and areas for improvement
  • Participate in research workshops, brainstorming sessions, and reviews of ongoing work
  • As needed, present NCE research internally and externally

Fundraising and Project Management

  • Contribute to funding proposals and donor reports for the NCE
  • Present work and funding opportunities to external parties and funders as needed
  • Interface directly with high-level clients in countries and partner organizations to develop and execute the work program
  • Coordinate research efforts across multiple partners in-country
  • Oversee procurement of research services and ensure partners deliver quality work
  • Contribute to developing required documentation (Concept Notes, Terms of Reference, etc) for advancing research work

Job Qualifications:

  • Masters’ Degree (Environmental, Climate or Economics, or related area required), PhD preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of full-time work experience in empirical economics (including economic modeling and policy analysis) with focus on development issues (e.g. economic growth, poverty, macroeconomic analysis) and also on environmental and climate policy analysis
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
  • Candidates with substantial training and knowledge on System Thinking and System Dynamics modelling will be preferred
  • Knowledge on spatial analyses will be desirable. Also desirable will be knowledge on mainstream economic modeling approaches, such as CGE, Econometrics (macro/micro), and on sector modeling (e.g. energy optimization models)
  • Prior experience in analyzing and writing research products
  • Experience in working with diverse teams
  • Experience or interest in program management
  • Excellent computer skills in standard MS Office packages
  • Knowledge of specialized software for empirical economic analysis and of methods for structural modeling (System Dynamics, Spatial analysis, CGE, SAMs Econometrics) highly desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
  • Flexibility to travel
  • US work authorization is needed if located in the US.

Potential Salary:

$96,000 - $130,000 if based in the US . Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Applicants must apply at to be considered.
Deadline for applications 15th May 2022.

Program Overview:

About the New Climate Economy: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major international initiative focused on how countries can achieve economic growth while also minimizing the risks posed by climate change. The Commission consists of 26 distinguished individuals including former heads of government, finance ministers, and leaders in the fields of economics, business and finance. The New Climate Economy (NCE) is the Commission’s flagship project. It provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and those which reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. The NCE released its initial report in September 2014, Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report.

In July 2015 it released Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate, which focused on how international and multi-stakeholder cooperation can catalyse sustainable economic growth while reducing emissions. In October 2016, it released The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Better Growth and Development, which identifies the barriers to financing sustainable infrastructure and suggests measures to overcome them. In 2018 it released its Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: Accelerating Climate Action in Urgent Times which reflected on the unprecedented opportunities of a strong, sustainable, inclusive economy associated to increased climate ambition. The project continues to launch country- and sector-specific research with a current focus on Brazil, Colombia, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Viet Nam.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.