Job Family: Research Job Series: Social Science Research Professional Job Code: 4188 Grade: H Exemption: Exempt
1-year Fixed-term Position
Sustainable Finance Initiative Research Fellow
The Sustainable Finance Initiative Announced in the Fall of 2018, the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) works with public, private and development institutions to engage Stanford researchers in developing the finance and policy tools needed for the transition toward a decarbonized and climate-resilient global economy. Housed at the Precourt Institute for Energy, SFI brings Stanford's capacity to generate and apply knowledge across finance, economics, business and law to critical challenges in need of tailored and site-specific solutions. Our faculty, fellows and students work in teams with external partners and local collaborators.
Sustainable Finance Initiative Research Fellow Stanford's Sustainability Finance Initiative (SFI) seeks a talented, highly motivated researcher with a background in finance for a 12-month term with the possibility of renewal. Under the guidance and supervision of SFI, and working in partnership with Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), the Fellow will identify barriers to climate investment in emerging markets and develop strategies in pursuit of efficacy and scale. The Fellow will investigate and assess of the structure and governance of existing of blended finance vehicles and, based on sound research and anlysis, make recommendations for systems change aligned with 2050 deep decarbonization pathways.
Problem background and project structure SFI and CPI are collaborating on a research project aimed at better understanding the quality of global climate investments and determining the greatest points of leverage among public and private capital. Current global investment and the gap between today's levels and what will be required to meet global climate goals is well documented. CPI has provided the most comprehensive inventory of climate finance flows to the UNFCCC since 2011. In addition to publishing its annual global landscape, CPI also manages the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, The Lab, a collaboration among high-level public and private investors to identify, develop, and support pilots of transformative climate finance instruments.
Several high-profile blended finance vehicles have recently been announced by global investment banks, private and corporate foundations, and development finance institutions. These vehicles aim to draw private capital into critical geographies or critical technologies that would otherwise not participate without a de-risking mechanism. The Fellow will survey the landscape of representative vehicles, assess their structure, governance and investments for efficacy, investigate issues of purpose, moral hazard, standardization, and consider - from a systems perspective - scalable pathways in order to achieve global decarbonization objectives.
Working in partnership with Stanford faculty, students, CPI and The Lab, the SFI Research Fellow will recommend focus areas and structures for new innovations in pursuit of the greatest geographic and technological needs for catalyzing private investment.
The position The SFI Research Fellow may choose to be based at Stanford University or in San Francisco at CPI's Climate Finance headquarters. Alicia Seiger, SFI's Managing Director, and Barbara Buchner, CPI's Climate Finance Executive Director, will directly supervise the SFI Research Fellow in consultation with Thomas Heller, Professor of International Policy Studies (emeritus) and Director of the Sustainable Finance Initiative.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities Required
Design and execute quantitative analytical research on innovative funding approaches and new financing models in sustainable investing
Write high-quality research papers and case studies
Help design market engagement activities including invitation-only workshops, guest speakers and educational forums
Establish trust and credibility with public and private investors and other key stakeholders
Minimum of 10 years experience in public or private finance
Masters or PhD in business, public policy, economics, finance or engineering
Research experience or demonstrated interest in sustainable or innovative finance
An insightful, independent, analytical mind with a strong track record of best-in-class analysis and critical thinking
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Professionalism and enthusiasm for working with a diverse team in a collegiate and productive manner
Ability to embark on some travel
Fluency in English
All interested and qualified applicants must follow these steps in order to apply: All applicants must apply via the Stanford Careers website http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search. Please search by selecting Precourt Institute for Energy' in the Location' search field, or by entering the job number 82371 in the Keyword' search field. The following materials must be submitted before April 19, 2019:
A cover letter;
A curriculum vitae;
List of three references.
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
JOB PURPOSE: Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies requiring a high degree of scientific knowledge. Supervise and train less experienced colleagues and provide consultation.
Assist principal investigators with designing experiments constituting a phase of a research project for which precedents are few; conduct experiments which may involve coordinating a complex experimental protocol.
Independently identify/modify standard procedures based on judgment concerning the general goals of a project; select approaches in developing, testing, and evaluating new methods.
Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business).
Co-author all or sections of a report for publication or professional presentation with the work being reviewed by the principal investigator or faculty.
Present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
Collaborate with the principal investigator to design a research approach of a project and/or integrate results of the entire project.
Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
Formally supervise and train new staff or students, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.
- Other duties may also be assigned
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Graduate degree in an applicable social science related field and five years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.
General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with human study participants.
Certifications and Licenses: None
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Location: Dean of Research, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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