Climate Finance Research Consultant

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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19 days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.

About the Program:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is seeking a Climate Finance Research Consultant to support our work on climate finance in our global office for the period of February to June 2023. This consultancy can be part-time or full-time. WRI’s Finance Center aims to shift financial flows away from dangerous activities that fuel climate change towards solutions for an equitable, low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. The consultant to support our work with Ministries of Finance in 3 countries: Fiji, Guatemala, and India and the development of global research products. This is an ideal position for a graduate student looking for part-time research work or recent graduate of a similar profile.

Job Highlight:

In this role, you will support the Finance for Developing Country Climate Action team who recently published a report Paying for the Paris Agreement: A Primer on Government Options for Financing Nationally Determined Contributions. Building on the work of this report our team is developing additional policy briefs, videos, and engagement content for our key audience of Ministries of Finance and Ministries of Environment. We are seeking a consultant who can assistant in the development of these additional knowledge products through additional research, writing, and coordination. You will be supported by Finance for Developing Country Climate Action team and report to Molly Caldwell, Associate Climate Finance. This is a limited-term position with an end date of June 30, 2023.

What will you do:

Writing and Editing

  • Assist in the development of 10-15 (1 to 2 page) policy briefs that will be used by government officials to better understand the finance instruments available for implementing Nationally determined contributions.
  • Assist in the development of story boards for 5 educational videos on climate finance.


  • Conduct research on the climate finance landscape on an as-needed basis, including on topics such as loss and damage finance requirements.

What will you need:

  • Education: You have a completed bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, sustainability, environment studies or similar.
  • Experience: You have 6+ years of full time work experience
  • Professional experience in researching climate change mitigation and adaptation, climate finance, and environmental policy.
  • Interest in climate finance and/or climate change.
  • Detail-oriented, organized and independent thinker.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, alongside strong synthesis and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent research, writing, editing and oral communication skills.
  • Languages: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

Potential Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of February 3, 2023. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us:

Founded in 1982, 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. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 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.

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.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.

Our culture:

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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.