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Research Analyst at US Climate Alliance

Position Overview

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement. The U.S. Climate Alliance secretariat provides strategic, convening, analytical and other functions to support Alliance states in making progress on their climate priorities.  For more information on the on the Alliance, please visit http://www.usclimatealliance.org.

The Research Analyst works with senior staff of the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat in providing research and analysis on a wide range of climate and clean energy issues to support Alliance states in developing and implementing climate policy.  The Research Analyst reports to a U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat Senior Associate in support of Alliance states, and will be expected to work as part of a broader team that includes Alliance states, consultants and external partners.  The Research Analyst supports and responds to state-led initiatives, and works with the Energy and Climate team at the United Nations Foundation, which houses the U.S. Climate Alliance Secretariat.

This position is located in Washington, D.C.

Essential Functions

Track Developing Climate Policies: 

  • Work with the Alliance team to develop an effective, web-based policy tracking tool that can be used internally and externally.
  • Conduct research to populate the tool and take the lead in ensuring the tool is updated and of value to Alliance states, policymakers, civil society and the Alliance Secretariat.

Prepare Material for Major Alliance Deliverables: 

  • Conduct policy research, analyze key energy and emission sector trends, and draft chapters of the Alliance’s annual report.
  • Contribute to products that help Alliance states improve greenhouse gas inventories, measure progress towards policy goals, and quantify the co-benefits of action.
  • Conduct research and analysis and draft material for Alliance products across other sectors.
  • Where appropriate, manage a project team to collectively prepare high-quality research and analysis for Alliance deliverables.

Generate Policy Options Papers: 

  • At the request of Alliance states and the Secretariat, draft briefing papers that analyze policy options across climate and clean energy issues and make recommendations that are ambitious, politically feasible and technologically possible.

Interpret Modeling Analyses: 

  • Work with consultants to guide and inform commissioned modeling analysis to support Alliance state decision-making.
  • Work with states and the Secretariat to ensure commissioned modeling meets Alliance expectations for quality and comprehensiveness.
  • Assess outside modeling results to inform the Alliance’s work.

Draft Documents for Alliance Meetings:

  • Work with a team to prepare materials that support major Alliance meetings and workshops, including by working with Alliance states, consulting outside experts and conducting desk research.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree required, or a Bachelor’s degree with substantial relevant work experience.
  • 2-3 years experience in climate and clean energy research and analysis (more if the candidate does not have a Master’s degree), with experience utilizing or interpreting a variety of climate and energy models and tools preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong research, analytical, writing, presentation, and briefing skills.
  • Familiarity with U.S. climate and energy policy, with deep knowledge of the state policy landscape across one or more sectors preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manipulate and display complex datasets in Microsoft Excel and/or other tools.
  • Familiarity with relevant U.S. energy and climate-related datasets.
  • Critical thinker that can generate products tailored to different audiences without requiring frequent direction.
  • As part of a small and busy team, key skills include:
    • Self-motivated with strong ability to find solutions in the face of challenges;
    • Maximum flexibility in accepting and professionally executing a range of tasks;
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to diplomatically engage diverse counterparts and use personal discretion in working with sensitive information.

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