Senior Research Fellow, Financing the Low-Carbon Transition, The Institute for Sustainable Development (IDDRI)

At the interface between research and decision-making, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent, policy research institute based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris. Its activity focuses on sustainable development issues that require international coordination, especially biodiversity and climate change (for more information on the programme, see www.iddri.org). 

IDDRI has three objectives: informing policy decisions; identifying emerging issues; and providing a platform for dialogue between various stakeholders, including research institutes, public agencies, private sectors and NGOs. Based in Paris, IDDRI currently has about 40 staff including an interdisciplinary team of 20 social scientists (economists, political scientists, lawyers, etc.). 
 
About the position
 
With the COP21 in Paris in 2015, IDDRI will be deeply involved in the non-official intellectual and political preparation of the climate negotiations. Addressing climate change is ultimately a financing challenge: moving investment flows from high to low-carbon modes of consumption and production. This challenge involves multiple sectors, actors and policy challenges. 
 
In this context, IDDRI is looking for a highly motivated and qualified person to contribute to its work on climate change finance. This work will focus on multiple levels: national policy frameworks, EU policy, and international climate policy. The candidate should therefore have a holistic understanding of the policy challenge of financing the low-carbon transition, a deep knowledge and experience of financial markets and financial market governance, as well as a broad understanding of existing policy related 
to climate finance. 
 
Under the direction of the Program Director for Climate and Energy, the successful candidate will be responsible for: 

Developing a strong capacity to identify and undertake evidence-based research on 

policy challenges related to financing the low-carbon transition. 
Contributing to the analysis and formulation of proposals for strengthening the financing aspects of European climate and energy policy. 
Contributing to the analysis and formulation of proposals relating to climate change financing in the context of the international negotiations on climate and sustainable development in 2015. 
Managing cooperation with institutional partners  Publishing and coordinating the publication of policy relevant papers and scientific articles.
Presenting and publicizing the results of IDDRI’s research to a diverse range of stakeholders. 
 
Requirements 

PhD or master’s level qualification in finance and financial governance, or related fields; or be able to demonstrate the acquisition of relevant knowledge through work experience 

Have quantitative, analytic tools and experience relating to climate finance 
Have at least 2-3 years of professional experience; experience and a professional network at the international level would be an advantage 
Have knowledge and understanding of climate change policy tools 
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and present technical analysis for a non-technical audience 
Be fluent in English. Fluency in French and/or other UN languages would be an asset 
Have the willingness to travel both nationally and internationally, sometimes extensively 
Have the capacity to work independently as well as in team, in an international, multicultural environment. 
 
Location and type of contract
 
The position is based at IDDRI in the heart of Paris (Saint Germain des Prés area). A short-term contract will be offered initially, with possibility of extension. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, according to IDDRI’s rules 
and regulations. IDDRI is an equal opportunity employer 
 
How to apply? 
Interested candidates should send a CV and a statement of interest, as well as the names of three referees by March 30, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
 
The applications should be sent by email to: thomas.spencer@iddri.org and lisa.dacosta@iddri.org 
 
 
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