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Giving Green Researcher or Consultant (multiple levels of experience)

Location: Remote

Duration: We are willing to consider people for full-time open-ended positions, as well as short-term or part-time positions.

IDinsight is hiring a Giving Green Researcher. Giving Green (GG) is a semi-autonomous team within IDinsight that researches, evaluates, and supports organizations working to tackle the climate crisis. The Researcher will be a key voice on our team. You will direct research work streams, refine previous research outputs, contribute to global debates on climate, and co-develop organizational strategy. You will work closely with IDinsight’s Chief Economist and other members of the Giving Green team. 

About Giving Green

Giving Green’s mission is to direct dollars and volunteers towards evidence-based projects that combat the climate crisis. 

The climate crisis is vast and complex. For non-experts looking to make an impact with their own money or time, it is often difficult to know where to look. This results in many giving ineffectively and, we think, many more not giving at all. We research and publicize the best donation and investment opportunities in climate—that is, organizations doing impactful work with a strong need for additional funding—to empower everyone to give with confidence and move money towards high-impact solutions. Currently, we focus on US and Australian policy change, the carbon offset market for net-zero businesses, and sustainable investing.

We operate as a semi-autonomous team within IDinsight, a global development advisory firm. Launched just two years ago, Giving Green has moved hundreds of thousands of dollars and landed press mentions in Vox, the Atlantic, Time, and more. 

Giving Green is an Effective Altruist-aligned organization with big ambitions. We want to make a major difference in the fight against climate change, and the Researcher will play a crucial role in advancing our mission.

About the Giving Green Researcher or Consultant Role

Your experience day-to-day will be like that of working at a small startup, but you’ll have the infrastructure and support of a more established organization. You will lead multiple research work streams and contribute to several others. As Giving Green is a small organization, all members may be asked to support other work, such as fundraising and communications. 

Responsibilities

Depending on your level of experience and area of expertise, responsibilities of the role may include:

  • Conduct literature reviews to identify effective interventions in climate policy and technology
  • Conduct quantitative analyses of the impact of policies and organizations on the climate
  • Write detailed research reports, as well as short-form content for a general audience,
  • Develop guidelines for Giving Green’s research to ensure rigorous evaluation and continual improvement
  • Build and maintain relationships with communities in climate, philanthropy, effective altruism
  • Represent our research to journalists and the public
  • Serve as our in-house expert for climate policy or technology issues

Qualifications

We are considering candidates of different levels of experience and seniority. We can craft different titles and work programs for hires of different experience levels. Please indicate in your application whether you are interested in a part- or full-time role. 

We also encourage both climate generalists and specialists in a given climate issue area to apply, and we will work with you to develop appropriate job responsibilities. If you have expertise in any of the issues we name below, please indicate this in your application.

Note that the list below lays out our desired qualifications. We know that strong candidates may not check all boxes, but we are looking for strength in some areas and a willingness to grow in others.  

General qualifications

  • 2+ years of work experience 
  • Bachelor's degree; advanced degrees preferred but not required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently and co-develop your own work timelines and products
  • Comfort collaborating with a small team and enthusiasm for helping to shape our strategy and culture
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, passion for taking action on climate change, and strong values aligned with IDinsight’s stated values

Research qualifications

  • 1+ year in an applied research setting, ideally, desk-based research within the climate space 
  • Experience with quantitative modeling and an understanding of impact evaluations
  • Ability to weigh in on major debates within the climate space (investment/divestment, energy policy, Green New Deal, etc.) 

While not required, we have interest in candidates with experience in one or more of the below topics:

  • US climate policy landscape, including at the state and/or local levels
  • Non-US climate policy landscape - either country-level or international
  • Activist movements, e.g. “keep it in the ground” campaigns or corporate pressure campaigns 
  • Carbon markets, offsets, and carbon-negative solutions
  • Frontiers of “climate tech”, e.g. innovation in hard-to-decarbonize sectors
  • Relevant scientific background, either in the mechanisms of climate change or in a climate solution space 
  • Climate-related investments, including ESG funds, green bonds and banks, and other products available to retail and institutional investors

Nuts & bolts

Location

This position is fully remote. We are able to hire full- and part-time staff based anywhere in the world.

Start date

The start date is flexible, with a preference for candidates that can start immediately. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. 

Compensation

We will consider candidates for full-time and part-time positions and at varying levels of seniority, as described above. More seasoned applicants may want to apply for our Climate Research Manager role. Compensation is competitive for the non-profit sector and will be tailored to the experience of the applicant. (Note that more seasoned candidates may want to apply for our Climate Research Manager role.)   If you have salary requirements, please state them in your cover letter. 

We offer comprehensive benefits to full-time employees: comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations. 

How to apply

Please click the "Apply for this job online" button at the top right. The application asks various questions in order for us to get to know you and requires a CV and cover letter.

Please ensure that your CV includes relevant professional and personal experience as well as details on academic qualifications. CVs can range from one to two pages. Please note, headshot photographs, parental details, birth dates, marital status and other personal information not relevant to the application do not need to be included in your CV. 

Please indicate in your cover letter (1) whether you are interested in a part- or full-time role (2) whether you have special expertise in a climate-related issue area (3) if you have a salary requirement, what that salary requirement is. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to highlight why you want to work for Giving Green specifically, and what has prepared you to succeed in the role you’re applying for. A customized cover letter is an important part of Giving Green’s recruiting process as it allows us to understand your motivations for the position, relevant skills, and clarity of writing.

Any questions should be directed to givinggreen@idinsight.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If selected, you will be asked to complete a short work task and interview with members of the Giving Green team.

More information, including details on IDinsight’s hiring process and frequently asked questions, can be found online at IDinsight Careers

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to reducing power asymmetries in the social sector. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work. 

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  1. IDinsight will have greater representation from the populations with whom we work and clients we serve.
  2. IDinsight will have greater representation from the countries in which we work.
  3. Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek greater representation from historically excluded communities.
  4. IDinsight will foster an inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse and supportive workplace. 




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