Research Associate: Ecological and Climate Economist

Based at Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre CCCCC in Belmopan, Belize

Starting date: As soon as possible
Location: Belmopan, Belize
Terms: Fixed term contract until 09/2019 with perspective of extension depending on funding and performance
Application deadline: 19 February 2017

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We are currently seeking a Research Associate in the field of Ecological and Climate Economics to expand our science unit. The successful applicant will strengthen Climate Analytics’ Science Team through strong skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, working closely with our research associates in Berlin, the Pacific and Caribbean Small Island States and (West-)Africa. The position will contribute to the IMPACT project, an international project jointly implemented between Climate Analytics and CCCCC and other partners. The project focuses on providing support for the implementation of science-based climate change strategies and improving access to international climate finance, by providing robust methods and analyses as well as through scientific capacity building. The position will be based with our project partner CCCCC in Belmopan, Belize, and will require frequent regional and international travel.

Key responsibilities

  • Coordination and implementation of the IMPACT project in the Caribbean region
  • Participate in the work of the CCCCC Climate Change Division, and lead a small team of experts consisting of CCCCC and other regional experts, and collaborate closely with other experts in IMPACT project regions to support scientific capacity building strategies
  • Developing, maintaining and contributing to regional (scientific) networks to facilitate the co-development process of project proposals (adaptation or mitigation) and the facilitation of stakeholder consultations
  • Design, manage and implement quantitative relevant research and analytical projects in close collaboration with internal and external experts targeting the achievement of the project’s regional objectives and outcomes
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and facilitation of regional workshops
  • Writing of scientific publications, reports, work papers and other information material
  • Support the overall development of scientific capacity and science-based approaches in partner institutions in the region

Your profile

  • Minimum three years of research experience, preferably more, in policy-relevant climate mitigation, adaptation or development related research
  • A PhD in economics, geography, development or a related field is preferred, but comparable qualifications will also be considered
  • Thorough understanding of the international climate change debate and institutional structure
  • Experience with inter- and trans-disciplinary work and a profound interest in understanding major challenges for development resulting from climate change
  • Interest in co-development approaches and collaboration with non-scientific actors (e.g. policy-makers, regional stakeholders)
  • Experience in planning and conducting participatory research is an asset
  • A well-developed sense for team work, excellent networking skills and ability to interact with a diverse array of people
  • Experience in project development and management and team coordination are an advantage
  • Experience in accessing climate change finances, including those from the AF, GCF and GEF is an advantage
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally is required
  • Experience with the development challenges of Least Developed Countries, particularly Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills are a requirement; French and German skills are welcome, but not required.