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Permanent contract (CDI) 

Context of the Role: 

Overview of I4CE 

The Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE) is a Paris-based think tank with expertise in economics and finance with the mission to support action against climate change.  

Through its applied research, the Institute contributes to the debate on climate-related policies. It also publishes research to support financial institutions, businesses and local territories in the fight against climate change. 

I4CE is a registered non-profit organization, which was founded in 2015 by the French National Promotional Bank Caisse des Dépôts and the French Development Agency (AFD). Our research is made public and we aim for full transparency on the methods, sources and assumptions underlying our results. 

The Institute consists of a team of 30 people and has a budget of around 3 million euros. 

To find out more about I4CE: Annual report 2019/2020: combing economic recovery with the climate 

About I4CE’s Economics program 

The Institute is currently organized in four programs: Local territoriesFinancial institutionsAgriculture, food and forestryand Economics.  

The purpose of the Economics program is to inform public decision-making regarding climate investments and the financing of the low-carbon transition. Specifically, it aims to support, through the development of innovative analyses, the debate on whether public policies are conducive to investments and structural changes which are in line with national climate objectives and low-carbon pathways.  

The current research workstreams of the Economics program are the following: 

  • Green budgeting & taxation 
  • Climate investments landscapes 
  • Post-Covid recovery plans  
  • The integration of social considerations in climate policies 

Over the past couple of years, I4CE has engaged with international partners in order to share and improve the methods and approaches it had developed in the French context. I4CE contributed in 2020 to the development, by the Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion du Maroc, of a Climate Finance Landscape for Morocco, and it is currently engaged in a collaboration with AFD, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the government of Costa Rica to inform the establishment of green budget tagging in this country and to support its budgetary transition. The Institute is also engaged in an international consortium following the impacts of green recovery plans on clean and fossil fuel energy consumption, and it is about to launch a project on social hotspots in green budgeting exercises. 

Role and Responsibilities: 

The candidate is expected to support and contribute to the development of research activities on these topics, either in multilateral forums or in partnership with developing countries. 

The position is aimed at an individual with 5 to 10 years of prior research activities and an MSc or PhD level of education.  

This position requires a strong knowledge of the economic issues pertaining to the low-carbon transition as well as expertise in economic analysis. Experience in a research organization or think tank working on climate-related considerations is desired. 

The precise skills and motivations expected are as follows: 

  • High motivation to work on economic issues pertaining to the implementation of the low carbon and resilient transition in international contexts. 
  • Excellent research and writing skills: 
    • An ability to come up with innovative and salient research questions; 
    • An ability to conceptualize a research issue and to design a methodological framework; 
    • An ability to apply advanced methods and do undertake rigorous research; 
    • An ability to produce high quality research outputs in formats which are adapted to the targeted audience; 
    • Autonomy and very good project management skills. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work in international environments: 
    • Development of funding requests and partnerships proposals with international organizations and donors; 
    • An ability to develop, implement and adapt a work program according to the international agenda; 
    • Fluency to deliver presentations and engage in English with high-level experts. 

Perfect command of spoken and written English is essential, knowledge of French and/or another language such as Spanish is valued. 

Additional Information 

From April onwards, I4CE will be located in Paris in the 6th district. Candidates with exceptional profiles not based in Paris may be considered.  

START DATE: As soon as possible. 

DATES: permanent contract. 

REMUNERATION: commensurate with level of experience. 

CONTACT: Send CV and cover letter to Louise Kessler 

Review of applications will begin April 30, 2021 for interviews in May; however, the position will remain open until filled.  

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