As the Sustainable Finance Strategist, Clean Energy, you will lead analysis and manage institutional partnerships in clean energy finance. This includes our Scaling Up Solar Project as well as our Climate Solutions Partnership. Scaling investment in renewable energy is an essential part of the clean energy transition. Doing so provides alternatives to fossil fuel pollution and offers a pathway to create more equitable, resilient and climate-safe economies. As the Finance Specialist, you will analyze investment pathways for a massive deployment of solar energy technologies and investment-readiness activities to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon, clean energy future, facilitate universal energy access, and improve energy security by 2030. You will lead the financial analysis for an international partnership, working with a core group consisting of the WRI Scaling Up Solar team, the International Solar Alliance (ISA), World Bank/ESMAP, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
In this role, you will also engage with a range of other stakeholders, including multilateral development banks, philanthropic organizations, bilateral country funders, institutional investors, and boutique investment firms including blended finance funds. In this role you will provide strategic input to a signature corporate partnership focused on the role of sustainable finance in scaling renewable energy and nature-based solutions, and helping large banks achieve their net zero ambitions. Through this work you will provide thought leadership and timely insights on how large commercial banks can both shift their own businesses to align with net zero commitments as well as positively influence the broader financial system in the same direction. How commercial banks can mainstream net-zero targets through sustainable/green product/service offerings as well as client engagement; The role these banks can/should have in hastening the energy transition and scaling sustainable NBS initiatives; and how commercial banks, including our Signature Partner, can hasten systems change within the financial sector in line with net-zero commitments.
This position can be based in any of WRI’s offices: US, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Africa, Indonesia, India, and China, with the candidate working remotely to start due to current Covid-19 measures. Long-term remote work is possible. Meetings are held with colleagues in time zones in the US (primarily Eastern time zone), London, Africa, and India, so you must be comfortable with flexing your work schedule to accommodate some early and/or late meetings depending on your location. Current work authorization in your country location is required.
Project 1: Scaling Up Solar (50%)
- Support a global team and partnership dedicated to building a roadmap for scaling up solar power, particularly in developing economies
- Oversee 2-3 working groups of financial institutions and other stakeholders examining solar investment to date and assessing possible scaling opportunities
- Support consultant and partner contributions to the Roadmap for Solar Investment
- Review financial data and investment portfolios
- Convene and integrate inputs from stakeholders to contribute to the Roadmap development
- An ideal candidate will have experience working in the international energy finance arena and ideally with national energy issues and stakeholders in Africa, Asia and/or Small Island Developing States
- You will have deep knowledge of clean energy technologies and systems, energy policy, and energy finance challenges and opportunities.
Project 2: Climate Solutions Partnership (50%)
- Serve as WRI’s primary sustainable finance expert vis a vis the Signature Partnership – helping coordinate and leverage WRI’s expertise and resources to hasten our Partner’s net-zero journey
- Work with colleagues across WRI’s programs and international offices on the development and execution of the Signature Partnership’s strategy for financial building capacity within commercial banks to hasten net-zero ambitions
- Provide ad hoc and ongoing support and recommendations to the Strategic Partner as it develops a series of internal climate/energy policies, navigates the partnership/NGO landscape and implements its evolving net-zero strategy. Related, provide advice on the Partner’s external stakeholder Climate Advisory Panel
Strategic Sustainable Finance Stakeholder Engagement and Thought Leadership
- Promote knowledge sharing among project partners and countries
- Develop and co-develop blogs, training materials, and other knowledge products (e.g., reports, issue briefs, working papers, and technical notes) on sustainable finance
- 8-12 years of relevant, full-time professional experience
- Master’s degree in sustainable energy, public policy, or a related field (or a bachelor’s degree with two years of additional relevant work experience)
- Experience working in the international energy finance arena, including work with private finance
- Demonstrated ability to lead and engage with diverse stakeholders on renewable energy system questions or related complex technical topics
- Demonstrated experience managing projects and directing the work of contractors
- Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
- Collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
- Detail-oriented, organized, and independent thinker
- Renewable energy experience in Africa, Asia and/or the Small-Island Developing States
- Deep knowledge of solar energy technologies/systems and financing instruments, energy policy, and energy finance challenges and opportunities
- Experience working with international organizations
- Work authorization in your current country location. WRI may not be able to provide visa sponsorship for this role.
$96,000 – $130,000 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
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