Research Analyst, Standards Team

Climate Bonds Initiative

£28,000 - £32,000 depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018  

The Role 

We are seeking a Research Analyst to join our Standards Team to support the development of further green definitions and green Criteria across other sectors of a green economy, including a focus on industrial sub-sectors.

Reporting to the Standards Manager, our ideal candidate is someone who is keenly interested in the technologies, infrastructure and processes that will rapidly transition the global economy onto a 2C warming trajectory and has been following developments across all sectors for several years. They are a proficient researcher and report writer but also enjoy distilling detailed technical information into easily digestible material for the layman. They must enjoy working with both internal and external colleagues to push forwards various agendas simultaneously under ambitious time constraints.

Responsibilities & key functions

Drive the development of green definitions in a few specified sectors. This includes:

  • Identifying and collaborating with external experts to engage their participation in the green definitions process
  • Setting the agenda for Technical Working Group (TWG) and Industry Working Group (IWG) meetings and helping to facilitate working group calls
  • Driving the development of background papers summarising the state of the science on climate impacts and mitigation opportunities, and options for potential assessment criteria for determining whether assets are climate-compatible.
  • Creating associated FAQs, guidance documents, templates and forms for the resulting green definitions.Working with bond issuers to develop case studies to test draft green definitions.
  • Working with bond issuers to develop case studies to test draft green definitions.

Support the Certifications Team by participating in discussions with bond issuers and verifiers to understand the nature of the assets they wish to be certified, and how the green definitions apply to those assets.

Support other research and projects in the Standards Team. This includes:

  • Supporting the drafting of the quarterly Standards Newsletter.
  • Participation in webinars and industry events to discuss green definitions and the latest climate science, and how these can feed into investment decision making.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • 2:1 or above in geography, environmental science or other related discipline
  • At least three years of work experience in a similar role
  • Experience of maintaining and managing a network of professional relationships
  • Knowledge of climate change and climate change solutions across a variety of sectors
  • Ability and willingness to work both with quantitative as well as qualitative methods and to explore new approaches and methods
  • Proven ability to manage, coordinate and prioritise across multiple projects and timeframes
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, organised and a self-starter
  • Excellent team working skills and ability to interact with a diverse array of people.
  • Excellent English writing and oral skills
  • High aptitude
  • Attention to detail


  • Knowledge of bond markets
  • Knowledge of the buildings sector and waste management sector
  • Masters’ degree in geography, environmental science or a related discipline
  • Other languages

Next steps

More information on the Climate Bonds Initiative can be found at

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter as a PDF file to, quoting reference ‘Standards Research Analyst’ in subject line.

Applications close Wednesday 28th February 2018

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