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Analyst – San Francisco, CA

Organization: Climate Policy Initiative

Position Title: Analyst

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Position Dates: Start June 14, 2013.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2013.

Posted On: April 5, 2013.

Organization Overview:

Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is an international analysis and advisory organization that exmaines the effectiveness of climate and energy policies. Focusing on major developed and developing country emitters, CPI evaluates policy performance and develops practical advice to help policymakers fast-track best practices. CPI works with governments, the private sector, academic, and others to ensure that our work helps countries achieve low-carbon growth.

CPI’s headquarters are in the US, with offices and programs in Brazil, China, Europe, India, and Indonesia. We typically partner with research and policy institutions in each of these locations to enhance our efforts through local resources and expertise. CPI is a small but dynamic organization, with a global reach and an entrepreneurial culture. We work hard to maintain an idea-driven, collaborative, non-hierarchical environment across all our teams. Our San Francisco office, like its host city, is an interactive and spirited place.

Examples of CPI’s work can be found on our publications page and our blog.


CPI is hiring five analysts to join our San Francisco research team. We are looking for a range of skill sets and for applicants prepared for various levels of responsibility. The San Francisco research team focuses on U.S. policy analysis, but also conducts projects in support of and in collaboration with our international programs. Analysts help design and conduct complex assignments in collaboration with other analysts in the SF office and CPI programs worldwide. Analysts will have occasional opportunity to work on projects in direct support of CPI’s senior staff and funders.

The strongest candidates will demonstrate solid quantitative skills; a proven interest in climate change, clean technology research, or policy analysis; excellent written and oral communication skills; and the ability and desire to generate actionable insights. We place a premium on problem-sturvturing ability, initiative, flexibility, and professional interaction skills, and on collaborative team players.


  • Perform and, as appropriate, coordinate rigorous quantitative and qualitative evaluation of national and international climate and energy policies
  • Conceptualize and design analytic approaches
  • Write CPI products, including full reports, executive summaries, blogs, and presnetations
  • Research and track climate and energy policy developments in the U.S. and internationally
  • Interface with policymakers and stakeholders in the private, academic, and non-profit sectors
  • Assist with production, editing, and quality control of outgoing products
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working in other countries
  • Travel in support of CPI’s international programs, as necessary


  • BS or BA
  • Some understanding of climate and energy policies in place and under discussion, especially in the US
  • An insightful, independent, analytical mind with a passion for continued learning
  • A demonstrated aptitude for quantitative analysis
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex qualitative and quantitative analyses to non-technical as well as expert audiences
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Self-motivation, persistence, dependability, and self-sufficiency
  • Enthusiasm for collaborative work
  • Professionalism, poise, flexibility, and sense of humor

Desirable Qualifications

  • Graduate degree
  • Professional experience or training analyzing economics of policy choices and/or energy and climate markets
  • Demonstrated track record of applying sound political and strategic judgment in scomlex situations
  • Strong project management skills
  • International work experience
  • Experience in government or multilateral organizations
  • Knowledge of finance, especially financial modeling skills
  • Business/private sector experience
  • Professional experience or training in statistics/econometrics, and/or in data mangement and manipulation
  • Professional experience or training in environmental sciences
  • Technical skills: Excel, statistical software (especially R or Stata), database design, web-basted programming languages, data visualization
  • Foreign language skills, especially in languages used in CPI program countries

How to Apply: 

The deadline to apply is April 30. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Using the link on the job posting, please submit your application, including cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample.. No phone calls, please.

Contact Information:

Climate Policy Initiative,

235 Montgomery Street, 13th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

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