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Conservation Analyst

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

About CPI

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is a team of analysts and advisors that works with policy makers around the world to improve the most important land use and energy policies, with a particular focus on finance. CPI works in places that provide the most potential for policy impact including Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia and the United States. Our work helps nations grow while addressing increasingly scarce resources and climate risks. This is a complex challenge in which policy plays a crucial role.

The Brazil office works in partnership with PUC-Rio and runs a number of economic and legal research initiatives that focus on helping increase the protection of natural resources and food production in Brazil. More information about the Climate Policy Initiative in Brazil can be found at http://climatepolicyinitiative.org/brazil.

About the Position

The Analyst will be part of the Conservation Policy Evaluation team, contributing to the generation of rigorous empirical evidence to inform policy and decision-making. The team focuses on assessing the effectiveness and impact of key policies aimed at strengthening environmental protection and reducing forest degradation and deforestation. It conducts independent policy evaluation, but works in close collaboration with government stakeholders, so communicating analytical findings to policymakers is central to its work. In addition to supporting the team in its data management and analysis efforts, the Analyst will also participate in the development of communications material for policy, academic, and nontechnical audiences. The Analyst will interact with stakeholders in public, private, and non-profit sectors, including policymakers, academics, and other organizations.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of Policy Evaluation, the Analyst will participate in the development of robust and careful empirical analysis. The ideal candidate for the position is focused, self-driven, and empirically curious, and demonstrates a keen interest in evidence-based policy- and decision-making. CPI expects the Analyst to produce high-quality materials under demanding deadlines, so the ideal candidate must also systematically demonstrate acute attention to detail and a strong capacity to prioritize when simultaneously tackling multiple tasks.

Core Responsibilities
  • Engage with themes related to land use in Brazil, particularly environmental conservation, and public policy.
  • Contribute to the design and development of quantitative analysis to inform policy and decision-making.
  • Handle a variety of data formats (including spatial data), as well as build and run procedures for statistical/econometric analyses using high-level scripting language.
  • Produce and format analytical output (tables, graphs, maps).
  • Strictly observe requirements for transparent and reproducible research in the execution of daily tasks.
  • Actively contribute to team’s data and knowledge management efforts.
  • Assist in the writing and editing of high-quality CPI products (including technical papers, full reports, policy briefs, white papers, and presentations).
  • Participate in and conduct internal/external presentations of analytical products to a variety of audiences.
  • Engage with stakeholders in public, private, and non-profit sectors and communicate on the implications of research findings.
Essential Functions

MAJOR collect, clean, and treat raw data in a variety of formats and from a variety of sources; document associated metadata; prepare datasets for analysis; run procedures for statistical and econometric analyses; produce and format analytical output (tables, graphs, maps); collaborate with and provide guidance to Research Assistants.

MEDIUM contribute to the design of analytical products; draft textual output (technical papers, full reports, policy briefs, white papers); participate in and conduct internal and external presentations of analytical products; communicate and collaborate with members of all CPI Brazil area teams.

MINOR perform academic literature reviews; communicate and collaborate with CPI staff; travel in support of CPI programs, if needed.

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, data science or related field with strong quantitative skills is required
  • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, or computer science (specifically data science) is preferred
  • Experience with data management and analytics using high-level programming languages (preferably R or Python, and Stata) is required
  • Experience with GIS using high-level programming languages (preferably R or Python) is strongly preferred
  • Experience with version-control systems (preferably Git) is a plus
  • Experience with LaTeX is a plus
  • Experience with data visualization methods is a plus
  • Verbal and written proficiency in Portuguese and English languages are required
  • Advanced programming skills (preferably R or Python, and Stata) for data management and analytics;
  • Solid understanding of core concepts for transparent and reproducible research;
  • Acute and constant attention to detail;
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills;
  • Ability to deliver accurate products when working under pressure and on tight deadlines;
  • Ability to communicate clearly (verbally and in writing) with technical audience in Portuguese and English.
Personal Attributes
  • Intellectually and empirically curious
  • Self-driven and independent, but enthusiastic about working as part of a team
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Interested in evidence-based policy- and decision-making
  • Interested in environmental topics, particularly land use and conservation, and public policy evaluation
  • Committed to the mission and values of CPI
Compensation and Benefits

CPI is hiring for one full-time position, open immediately. The position is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CPI in Brazil hires through the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Interested candidates should send their application letter and CV to carolina.marques@cpirio.org no later than September 30th, 2019. Application letters should be written in English and should include a brief description of the candidate’s experience with data management and analytics, as well as of the candidate’s professional aspirations. The application email should have a subject line as follows: <CPI analyst – conservation team – candidate’s first and last names>.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next phase of the selection process.

CPI is an equal opportunity employer.