Researcher, Sustainable Finance and Economic Recovery

The post-holder will support an important new E3G project working with a wide variety of finance stakeholders, working within a small international team. The role is likely to be based in Washington DC, although other locations will be considered.


E3G is an independent European climate change think tank with a global outlook. We are world leading strategists on the political economy of climate change, dedicated to achieving a safe climate for all. We work on the frontier of the climate landscape tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. Our goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action. E3G is consistently ranked as one of the top-ten most influential environmental think tank’s in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index.

E3G values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

A transformation to a global carbon neutral economy must happen by mid-century if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. This will require regulatory, market, economic and institutional reforms to ensure that financial markets actively deliver sustainable development outcomes. E3G’s Sustainable Finance program works towards green finance reforms and redirection of financial flows.

Financial actors around the world are currently responding to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the scale of needs for economic relief, recovery and stimulus attention is increasingly focused on the decisions being made by finance ministries and public finance institutions in the context of economic management. Non-governmental actors play a vital role in calling for the integration of long-term sustainability and climate safety into these decisions.

Role purpose

Researchers in E3G play a central role in delivering climate-safe policy outcomes. They must demonstrate a varied portfolio of skills including subject knowledge, qualitative and quantitative research skills, time management and stakeholder relationship management.

The Researcher, Sustainable Finance and COP26 will work in a small team which will conduct research and scanning work in order to facilitate the emergence of common narratives and strategic goals for strong climate outcomes from COP26 and other important meetings in 2021.

The post-holder will support work to connect and support the varied communities of non-governmental actors which are working in different countries to deliver systemic financial reform for climate transition. They will provide research outputs which support external stakeholders to prioritise targeted inside- and outside-track interventions and will work with a wide network of stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Analytical focus: ensuring that quantitative and qualitative research outputs are of high quality, meet user needs, and work towards desired project outcomes.
  • Results oriented: demonstrating a high level of personal organization and project management skills, building a culture of delivery and ensuring that key performance indicators are identified and met.
  • Decision making: weighing available information and showing sound judgment, with the ability to articulate reasoned arguments for decisions.
  • Managing relationships: building and managing warm relationships with a wide range of financial actors from different countries including outside-track campaigners and technical specialists.
  • Team focus: working in a close and collegiate manner with E3G colleagues in multiple locations.
  • Clear communication: reliably demonstrating the ability to assimilate complex information and to translate it into clear, understandable terms that have a persuasive narrative style and are tailored for different contexts.
  • Learning and improving: working with E3G colleagues to ensure that work done under this project contributes to overall E3G learning and knowledge management.
  • Depending on the latest situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, some international travel can be expected.

Person description

You are an intellectually curious and highly organised self-starter with a strong interest in the opportunities and challenges around systemic financial reform. You are a creative thinker, able to learn fast and to work flexibly with a range of people. You are prepared to go the extra mile to deliver high quality outputs to challenging deadlines. You are comfortable with research projects and have excellent numeracy skills. You will be able to identify and engage with a range of external stakeholders to effectively communicate your ideas and findings to a varied audience.

Experience and skills

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate, with examples:

  • the ability to plan and organize your own work and that of others, and to be flexible in responding to changing contexts;
  • relevant professional experience and responsibilities in dealing with finance or macroeconomic policy as it relates to the climate transition, particularly in relation to public finance institutions;
  • a good undergraduate degree in a discipline related to finance or economics (you may also have a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline);
  • the capability to work well in a team, and to inspire and facilitate action by others;
  • the ability toapply creative and flexible thinking to a constantly evolving landscape;
  • strong strategic and political understanding of the political and economic challenges of climate change and sustainable development;
  • experience of producing high-quality written outputs which combine original research with inputs from others;
  • experience of working in an international context and with a range of stakeholders;
  • strong written and spoken English (with knowledge of other languages highly desirable);
  • excellent communication skills including the ability to produce high-quality, evidenced, written outputs sometimes to tight deadlines, and to build rapport with others through an open communication style.

What we offer you

We offer a competitive remuneration package for a non-profit organisation based on qualifications and experience. E3G will require candidates to demonstrate that they have the right to live and work in the jurisdiction in which E3G employs them.


This role is anticipated to be based in Washington DC, but other locations will be considered. E3G has offices in London, Dublin, Brussels, Berlin and Washington DC.

Application process

Please email your application in English to Please write ‘Policy Advisor Sustainable Finance & Economic Recovery Nov 2020” as well as your first name and surname in the subject line.

Please include:

  • A CV of maximum two pages
  • A cover letter of no more than one page outlining your motivation for the job and when you would be able to start.

The deadline for applications is Monday Nov 30 at noon ET

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.

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