Climate Policy Initiative – Multiple Openings

Senior Analyst, CPI Venice

Venice, Italy

About the Organization

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is an international 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.

Position Summary

CPI is looking for a talented, highly skilled, and motivated researcher to provide analytical expertise and management for its Venice office. This is a unique opportunity for someone with drive and adaptability to help develop the research foundation and approach of this dynamic, global startup.

Under the supervision of the Venice Office Director, the Senior Analyst will help design and manage complex research assignments and provide advice to policymakers based on research results, working with other members of the Venice office and other CPI offices worldwide. CPI Venice focuses on international climate finance, looking at issues such as the governance of international funds, the evaluation of their allocation and effectiveness, and the role of carbon markets in the wider climate picture.

The successful candidate 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 or bilateral financial institutions and national or regional development banks. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Perform rigorous quantitative evaluation of national and international climate finance mechanisms and climate and energy policies.
  • Collaborate closely with the Office Director to help guide the development of the research agenda for the Venice office.
  • Design, manage, and implement complex research assignments and analytical projects.
  • Engage clients throughout the research process and advise policymakers on the implications of research findings.
  • Lead the writing and editing of CPI products.
  • Manage the research team and assist with production and quality control of outgoing work products.
  • Produce high-quality materials on short deadlines.


  • A deep commitment to the mission and values of CPI.
  • Master’s degree required; PhD in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, or a related, quantitatively rigorous field preferred.
  • 4+ 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.

Title and Compensation

CPI is hiring for one position. The last day to apply is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. The position will be located in Venice, Italy. Title and highly competitive compensation will be based on experience.

To Apply

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.

Deputy Director, CPI at Tsinghua

Beijing, China


The Deputy Director of CPI at Tsinghua oversees all operations functions of the Beijing office of CPI, located at Tsinghua University, and acts as the top advisor to the Beijing Office Director. The Deputy Director reports to the Director of CPI Beijing and the Chief Operating Officer (based at CPI’s headquarters in San Francisco). He or she works closely with the global operations and executive teams, and helps the office director to supervise a team of research and administrative staff in the Beijing office.

The Deputy Director guides the strategic thinking of the Beijing office and assists with or is responsible for operations, implementation of the research agenda, finance, and human resources related to the Beijing office. He or she will also be responsible for managing local outreach and communications and may represent CPI with key external audiences, including policymakers and partner organizations. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director to guide strategy development and operations in the Beijing office, and provide help on supervising the research programmes.
  • Maintain strong relationships and open communication with headquarters, regional offices, and the Executive Team.
  • Facilitate sharing of knowledge between regional offices on operations, program strategy, research approaches, and other areas.
  • Collaborate with global CPI leadership to define and solve major strategic questions.
  • Provide leadership and day-to-day management of the activities of CPI Beijing, and ongoing mentorship to Beijing staff.
  • Communicate regularly with HQ regarding budget, strategy, and progress.
  • Guide the implementation of processes, values, and goals developed in conjunction with HQ and other regional offices.
  • Articulate the CPI vision and mission to key internal and external audiences.
  • Manage interactions with external entities including the media and potential additional partners.
  • Maintain and facilitate networks of associated organizations in government and business to ensure the quality of work products and strategic direction.


  • A deep commitment to the mission and values of the CPI.
  • Strong leadership, facilitation, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • A strong track record of applying sound political and strategic judgment in complex situations.
  • Ability to quickly and accurately analyze problems and identify appropriate solutions.
  • Experience creating collaboration among networks of organizations.
  • Proven ability to initiate and manage projects.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a team and demonstrated ability to interact and work with people from all walks of life.
  • Tact, poise, professionalism, diplomacy, and sense of humor.
  • Fluency in Mandarin and English, and outstanding written and verbal communications skills in both languages; proven ability to conduct high level research using both languages.
  • Familiarity and comfort working within a university environment.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Masters or other advanced degree strongly preferred.


The expected start date for this position is immediate. The position will be located in Beijing, China but may travel to the San Francisco office several times a year. CPI offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. 


Please send your application including cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to no later than 15 September 2011. 

No phone calls, please. 

The Climate Policy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.