Senior Research Fellow, Financing the Low-Carbon Transition, The Institute for Sustainable Development (IDDRI)

At the interface between research and decision-making, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent, policy research institute based at Sciences Po (Institute for Political Studies) in Paris. Its activity focuses on sustainable development issues that require international coordination, especially biodiversity and climate change (for more information on the programme, see  

IDDRI has three objectives: informing policy decisions; identifying emerging issues; and  providing a platform for dialogue between various stakeholders, including research institutes,  public agencies, private sectors and NGOs.  Based in Paris, IDDRI currently has about 40 staff including an interdisciplinary team of 20  social scientists (economists, political scientists, lawyers, etc.).  
About the position
With the COP21 in Paris in 2015, IDDRI will be deeply involved in the non-official intellectual  and political preparation of the climate negotiations.  Addressing climate change is ultimately a financing challenge: moving investment flows from  high to low-carbon modes of consumption and production. This challenge involves multiple  sectors, actors and policy challenges.  
In this context, IDDRI is looking for a highly motivated and qualified person to contribute to its  work on climate change finance. This work will focus on multiple levels: national policy  frameworks, EU policy, and international climate policy.  The candidate should therefore have a holistic understanding of the policy challenge of  financing the low-carbon transition, a deep knowledge and experience of financial markets  and financial market governance, as well as a broad understanding of existing policy related  
to climate finance.  
Under the direction of the Program Director for Climate and Energy, the successful candidate will be responsible for:  

Developing a strong capacity to identify and undertake evidence-based research on  

policy challenges related to financing the low-carbon transition.  
Contributing to the analysis and formulation of proposals for strengthening the  financing aspects of European climate and energy policy.  
Contributing to the analysis and formulation of proposals relating to climate change  financing in the context of the international negotiations on climate and sustainable  development in 2015.  
Managing cooperation with institutional partners  Publishing and coordinating the publication of policy relevant papers and scientific  articles.
Presenting and publicizing the results of IDDRI’s research to a diverse range of  stakeholders.  

PhD or master’s level qualification in finance and financial governance, or related  fields; or be able to demonstrate the acquisition of relevant knowledge through work  experience  

Have quantitative, analytic tools and experience relating to climate finance  
Have at least 2-3 years of professional experience; experience and a professional  network at the international level would be an advantage  
Have knowledge and understanding of climate change policy tools  
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesize  and present technical analysis for a non-technical audience  
Be fluent in English. Fluency in French and/or other UN languages would be an asset  
Have the willingness to travel both nationally and internationally, sometimes extensively  
Have the capacity to work independently as well as in team, in an international,  multicultural environment.  
Location and type of contract
The position is based at IDDRI in the heart of Paris (Saint Germain des Prés area).  A short-term contract will be offered initially, with possibility of extension.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, according to IDDRI’s rules  
and regulations.  IDDRI is an equal opportunity employer  
How to apply?  
Interested candidates should send a CV and a statement of interest, as well as the names of  three referees by March 30, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is  filled.  
The applications should be sent by email to: and