Research Fellow

International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC) Research Fellow
Location London, United Kingdom
Application deadline 18 January 2021
Contract type Consultancy
Hours Full-time
Salary Competitive
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The International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC) is looking to hire a Research Fellow to work on Just Transition financing. For the first 3 months of the position, we expect to continue with work from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once possible, working from the office will also be available.
We are a small but growing team, which values integrity and accountability. The Centre started its operations in September 2020 and is thus in at early stages of its development.
This means that we are looking for a team member who is happy to have some agency, is able to work independently and is willing to actively help build a brand new workstream. The ISFC is a research and learning think tank, and in order to create and maintain its reputation, the ISFC is strictly apolitical and focused on providing evidence-based solutions and recommendations.

The ISFC’s overarching aim is to inform national and regional debate on sustainable finance and low carbon growth, and to inspire and support stakeholders to create new initiatives. The Centre will undertake rigorous research and publish targeted solutions outlining how Central Europe can best take advantage of the EU’s Green Deal and its post-COVID-19 recovery packages to finance its transition to low-carbon economic growth. At a time when countries will be working to tackle COVID-19 fallout, the ISFC wants to ensure that sustainability remains on the policy agenda and in public debate. The Centre will strive to bring some of the world’s cutting-edge thinking and thought leadership on sustainable finance to the region.

Key roles and responsibilities

As a small, impact-driven organisation whose aim is to build regional expertise and capacity on sustainable finance topics, our people are our greatest asset. The ISFC places great importance on integrity and accountability. The Research Fellow’s responsibilities will include the following:

  • To help with the research on Just Transition financing in the EU and in Central European countries in particular;
  • To analyse data and financial instruments;
  • To find and evaluate relevant documents and regulations;
  • To carry out assigned research tasks and to scrutinise financing mechanisms and their efficiency;
  • To engage with a wide variety of stakeholders as part of consultation processes and research interviews;
  • To help design and prepare online and in-person events on Just Transition topics;
  • To write short analysis briefs and contribute to a larger report, while meeting set deadlines;
  • To work as a member of a tight-knit & friendly team.

Experience and skills

  • Masters Degree or PhD (can be a degree in progress) Degree in Economics/Econometrics/Finance/ Banking.
  • A Bachelors degree or work experience in a relevant discipline.
  • Any additional qualifications welcome (including experience with data analysis tools).Fluency in English AND one of the region’s languages: Slovak, Polish, Hungarian or Czech (proficiency in more than one of these languages will be considered an advantage).
  • Skills: analytical & problem-solving mindset, interpersonal communication, resource and time management.
  • Previous research experience is seen as essential, with at least some published output.