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Assistant Analyst/Analyst

San Francisco


Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) works to improve the most important energy and land use policies around the world, with a particular focus on finance. CPI supports decision makers through in-depth analysis on what works and what does not. CPI works in places that provide the most potential for policy impact, including Brasil, Europe, India, Indonesia, Kenya and the United States. Our work helps nations grow while addressing increasingly scarce resources and climate risk. This is a complex challenge in which policy plays a crucial role. CPI is a small but dynamic organization, with a global reach and an entrepreneurial culture. We work hard to maintain an idea-driven, collaborative environment across all our teams.

CPI’s Climate Finance program guides decision makers who are working to ensure economic growth while addressing increasingly scarce resources and climate risk. Enough capital exists to transition the world into a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. However, current investment in climate-friendly development falls far short of the need. CPI works to redirect finance from high- to low-carbon activities and helps decision makers use their resources wisely. We provide much-needed information on climate finance flows, apply in-depth analysis to guide decision makers on their efforts, and support innovation in finance to address investors’ needs and lower costs.


CPI offers a challenging environment that requires independent thinking, collaboration, and pragmatic problem solving. The role of Assistant Analyst/Analyst supports the deliverables of CPI’s international Climate Finance work stream, focusing on issues such as the governance of international funds, the evaluation of their allocation and effectiveness, and the design of innovative climate finance instruments that effectively align public and private interests.

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of CPI’s San Francisco office, the Assistant Analyst/Analyst undertakes robust and careful 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.

In conducting analysis, the Assistant Analyst/Analyst is required to work in close cooperation with a range of international partners from the policy, finance, and corporate spheres, as well as with CPI teams throughout the world. Previous work experience with climate policy, finance, regulation, and carbon markets, as well as knowledge and understanding of national regulatory institutions and/or multilateral or bilateral financial institutions and national or regional development banks and/or private finance institutions are valuable assets.


Includes the following and others as assigned:

  • Perform rigorous quantitative evaluation of national and international climate finance mechanisms and climate and energy policies
  • Under the direction of Senior Analysts, contribute to the design, management, and implementation of complex research assignments and analytical projects
  • Engage clients throughout the research process and advise policymakers on the implications of research findings
  • Assist in the writing and editing of high-quality CPI products, including full reports, executive summaries, blogs, and presentations
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working around the globe
  • Produce high-quality materials on demanding deadlines


  • At least two years of professional experience
  • Experience analyzing climate finance, economics of policy choices, and/or energy and climate markets. Private sector experience and/or government or multi-lateral experience is valuable
  • BA or BS degree required with coursework in finance, economics, and policy. Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, Public Policy, or a related, quantitatively rigorous field strongly preferred


  • Understanding of current climate and energy policies under discussion in relevant countries, with a specific focus on the interaction with finance
  • Experience in financial modeling and/or macroeconomic modeling of energy and climate markets
  • Programming competency in Python, R, and/or SQL is a plus
  • Independent, analytical mind with a track record of applying sound financial, political and strategic judgment to complex issues
  • Flexibility, professionalism, enthusiasm for working as part of a team, and an ability to interact with a diverse array of people
  • Strong attention to detail, organization, time management, and prioritization skills, and an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Superior English written and verbal communications skills


CPI is hiring for one full-time Analyst position, open immediately. The position will be located in San Francisco but may require occasional regional and international travel. CPI offers an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package. Compensation will be based on experience

To apply

Visit this link to submit an application. With your application, attach two documents: (1) CV/resume, (2) a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience align with the above requirements and why you want to work with CPI, followed by a writing sample of 5 pages or less that has not been edited by anyone other than yourself.

Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor or transfer visas- including OPT/ H1B visas,  for this position.

The position will remain open until we find the right candidate to join our team. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and we therefore encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Climate Policy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer