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REPORTS TO: Director of Global Policy Analysis


Climate Imperative (CI) is seeking a highly motivated Research Analyst with a technical background and strong quantitative and communication skills to support our international grant-making efforts.

Under direction from the Director of Global Policy Analysis and Initiative Directors, the Research Analyst will lead individual research projects to support grantmaking strategy and ensure Climate Imperative is focusing resources on the highest carbon savings opportunities. They will also produce engaging written and visual materials to communicate progress to CI's leadership and Board of Directors.


CI is committed to diversity, equity, & inclusion and to a transparent recruitment process that fosters belonging. Our goal is to hire and advance people regardless of race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, military service, medical condition, and any other protected characteristic under local, state, or federal law. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

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  • Investigate new opportunities (sourced from staff and partners) for carbon savings potential and important risk factors for achieving full carbon mitigation
  • Provide quantitative support to track initiative progress by sourcing datasets, pulling primary data, conducting carbon impact calculations, or reviewing industry reports
  • Respond to short-term research requests from CI leadership and Initiative Directors, and support clear and concise messaging of results for internal and external audiences
  • Maintain a vetted dataset of global emissions projections and national commitments from various sources
  • Maintain thorough documentation of analysis methods and results using established best practices
  • Present results to internal teams and incorporate feedback
  • Prepare board communications in the form of presentations, reports, memos, etc., to communicate findings


  • 4+ years of experience in the climate, energy, or environmental analysis
  • 2+ years of experience in energy systems modeling and analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with basic mathematical calculations for physical systems, including energy conversions and mass balances, and familiarity applying basic concepts of statistics and economics to quantitative analysis
  • Expert proficiency in Excel
  • Experience with energy or environmental policy modeling is desired
  • Aptitude to construct clear visual presentations of complex data; experience with data visualization tools like Tableau a plus
  • Strong understanding of the fundamentals of scientific and technical subject matter relating to environmental systems, energy technologies, and policy design and implementation
  • Interest in and familiarity with international politics and policy, and how equity is integral to sound policy solutions
  • Candidates who can diversify the team with subject matter experience in one or more of the following regions (South or Southeast Asia, the European Union, Japan, Korea, or China) or sectors (industrial processes, public health) are preferred
  • Skilled at obtaining information from diverse sources, such as reports, databases, computer models, academic journal articles, and by attending presentations and conducting interviews
  • Self-motivated and eager to take on a wide variety of tasks
  • Ability to prioritize and be flexible in a fast-paced, constantly evolving, and collaborative environment
  • Deep interest, passion, and commitment to reducing climate change


Energy Innovation provides a competitive compensation package, including a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, and a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include:

  • Up to 100% of premium paid for medical, dental and vision
  • STD & LTD disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Carrot fertility and family planning benefits
  • Student loan repayment assistance
  • 401k retirement plan with a company match contribution
  • Public transportation benefit options
  • Cell phone and health/wellness reimbursement
  • 14 paid holidays and four weeks of paid time off (PTO)
  • Regular staff lunches and team building activities
  • SF and DC office stocked with healthy snacks and beverages
  • An innovative, collaborative, welcoming work culture


Climate change is governed by physical facts—about carbon sources, accumulation, impacts, and timing, and more importantly, about solutions that work. These facts must inform strategy: they show that avoiding dangerous climate change is only possible through strong policy to cut carbon, promptly, in the biggest countries.

To address these issues, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC (Energy Innovation) was established in 2012 as a clean energy and environmental policy firm to provide timely research and analysis on low-carbon energy policy options to policy makers, thought leaders, and members of the media. The Energy Innovation team has expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable urban development, technological innovation, and energy policy design. In addition to conducting policy research, Energy Innovation also works with clients to facilitate philanthropic investments into technology and advocacy that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Innovation also staffs the Climate Imperative Foundation.

Climate Imperative is focused on the most important climate policy decisions in the world and to do so equitably. Each Climate Imperative initiative targets one policy area and, by informing policy change, aims to save billions of tons of CO2e cumulatively by 2050. For each initiative, we are convening and supporting a talented, proven team of grantees, and supporting them to do whatever is needed: providing world-class technical advice, undertaking targeted communications, and/or building public support. The decisions targeted represent the largest near-term carbon abatement opportunities around the world.

  • Company:
    Climate Imperative Foundation
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  • Posting Date:
    11th May 2022
  • Valid through:
    11th Jun 2022
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