Analyst – Climate Policy Initiative


CPI is hiring five Analysts to join our San Francisco research team. We are looking for a range of skill sets and for applicants prepared for various levels of responsibility. The San Francisco research team focuses on U.S. policy analysis, but also conducts projects in support of and in collaboration with our international programs. Analysts help design and conduct complex assignments in collaboration with other analysts in the SF office and CPI programs worldwide. Analysts will have occasional opportunity to work on projects in direct support of CPI’s senior staff and funders.
The strongest candidates will demonstrate solid quantitative skills; a proven interest in climate change, clean technology research, or policy analysis; excellent written and oral communication skills; and the ability and desire to generate actionable insights. We place a premium on problem-structuring ability, initiative, flexibility, and professional interaction skills, and on collaborative team players.

  • Perform and, as appropriate, coordinate rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation of national and international climate and energy policies
  • Conceptualize and design analytic approaches
  • Write CPI products, including full reports, executive summaries, blogs, and presentations
  • Research and track climate and energy policy developments in the U.S. and internationally
  • Interface with policymakers and stakeholders in the private, academic, and non-profit sectors
  • Assist with production, editing, and quality control of outgoing products
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working in other countries
  • Travel in support of CPI’s international programs, as necessary
  • BS or BA
  • Some understanding of climate and energy policies in place and under discussion, especially in the U.S.
  • An insightful, independent, analytical mind with a passion for continued learning
  • A demonstrated aptitude for quantitative analysis
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate complex qualitative and quantitative analyses to non-technical as well as expert audiences.
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Self-motivation, persistence, dependability, and self-sufficiency
  • Enthusiasm for collaborative work
  • Professionalism, poise, flexibility, and sense of humor
  • Graduate degree
  • Professional experience or training analyzing economics of policy choices, and/or energy and climate markets
  • Demonstrated track record of applying sound political and strategic judgment in complex situations
  • Strong project management skills
  • International work experience
  • Experience in government or multilateral organizations
  • Knowledge of finance, especially financial modeling skills
  • Business/private sector experience
  • Professional experience or training in statistics/econometrics, and/or in data management and manipulation
  • Professional experience or training in environmental sciences
  • Technical skills: Excel, statistical software (especially R or Stata), database design, web-based programming languages, data visualization
  • Foreign language skills, especially in languages used in CPI program countries

The deadline to apply is April 30. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative


The Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is a new analysis and advisory organization that examines the effectiveness of energy and climate policies around the globe. Our mission is to help nations achieve low-carbon development by evaluating their efforts to promote the new energy and land use economy. The questions we tackle are among the most important in the world. In seeking to deliver practical answers to these questions, we work with government leaders, the private sector, and academia.


Climate Policy Initiative is looking for highly skilled and motivated researchers to provide research and analytical support for its regional office in Venice. Under the supervision of the Office Director, analysts will help design and manage complex assignments and provide advice to policymakers based on research results, working with other members of the Venice office and in conjunction with other CPI offices worldwide. Researchers will demonstrate solid quantitative skills, a proven interest in climate change, clean technology research or policy analysis, proven expertise in climate finance (public and/or private finance), written and oral communication skills, and an ability to generate actionable rather than academic insights.
This position will focus on projects of both national and international scope. Analysts will work in a challenging environment that requires detail‐oriented, independent work, quick thinking, as well as collaboration and problem solving with team members, cross-disciplinary understanding, and professional interactions. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue robust and careful quantitative 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.   
To facilitate international learning and identification of best practice, the work will be pursued in close cooperation with CPI teams in other parts of the world, and in close discussion with stakeholders from the policy, finance and corporate spheres. Previous experience with climate policy, carbon markets, finance and regulation would be valuable, as would knowledge and understanding of national regulatory institutions and/or multilateral financial institutions and development banks.

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:
  • Perform rigorous quantitative evaluation of national and international climate finance mechanisms.
  • Perform rigorous quantitative evaluation of national and international climate and energy policies.
  • Design and manage complex research assignments.
  • Implement and oversee various analytical projects.
  • Advise policymakers on the implications of research findings.
  • Assist in the writing and editing of CPI products.
  • Assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products.
  • Produce high-quality materials on short deadlines.
  • Provide general program support.

  • Master’s degree required; PhD in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, or a related, quantitatively rigorous field preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience analyzing climate finance, economics of policy choices, and/or energy and climate markets; government or multi-lateral experience valuable.
  • Understanding of current climate and energy policies under discussion in relevant countries, with a specific focus on the interaction with finance.
  • Experience in macroeconomic modeling of energy and climate markets.
  • An insightful, independent, analytical mind with a strong track record of applying sound political and strategic judgment in complex situations.
  • Outstanding English writing and verbal communication skills.  Comfort with and ability to communicate complex qualitative and quantitative analyses to expert as well as non-technical audiences.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Professionalism, poise, and the ability to work as part of a team, maintain a sense of humor, and interact with a diverse array of people.
CPI is hiring for several positions.  The last day to apply is FRIDAY, MARCH 25.  The position will be located in Venice, Italy.  Title and highly competitive compensation will be based on experience.
The positions are directly available for two years with possibilities for extension.  Please send your application including cover letter, CV, and one example of recent work to
No phone calls, please.
Climate Policy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.