Research Analyst II, Public Finance Institutions & Climate Finance

World Resources Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 14

Position description

In this role, you support WRI’s Sustainable Finance Center's work on public finance institutions and in-country climate finance. You will undertake research and writing on enhancing the Paris alignment of public finance institutions – especially the MDBs – including assisting in the development of methodologies for financial intermediary lending and alignment criteria for difficult-to-abate sectors. You will assist in the drafting of communication products (e.g. blog posts, notes) on how the MDBs can make their COVID-19 pandemic response more climate-compatible, including through development policy lending. You will also contribute to our work helping countries access finance to support their climate goals, and will provide research support for our work on disaster risk finance. In addition to research, you will participate in outreach efforts with key stakeholders, help draft funding proposals, and provide assistance to senior staff in meeting with partners and stakeholders, including the development of presentations. This position will require active collaboration with others in the Sustainable Finance Center, as well as with other parts of WRI and external partners. 

Job Responsibilities
Research and Analysis (75%)

  • Undertake primary qualitative and quantitative research
  • Co-author knowledge products (e.g. reports, briefs, data products) and communications pieces (e.g. blog posts)
  • Implement methods that lead to robust and unbiased knowledge products
  • Represent WRI and the Finance Center at internal and external meetings, and presenting research
  • Conduct interviews, conducting outreach, and engaging external stakeholders
  • Review knowledge products written by other WRI researchers

Program Development and Administration (25%)

  • Contribute to concept notes and funding proposals
  • Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries
  • Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities


Required qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following areas or similar is required: business/finance (international, environmental, development or sustainable focus preferred), economics, public policy, international relations, international development, environmental science/studies
  • Minimum 2-3 years of relevant full-time work experience
  • Knowledge of climate finance, international climate policy, and development/international finance institutions
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
  • Prior experience writing research products
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and internet research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
  • Ability to deliver high quality work while under pressure
  • Demonstrated involvement in climate or development issues in a professional or extracurricular capacity
  • Flexibility to travel nationally and internationally

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Professional experience in climate finance and/or international climate policy and familiarity with the Paris Agreement
  • Prior work experience in development finance and/or international finance institutions
  • Spanish or French language skills

Potential Salary: $53,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

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