Green Finance Expert/Research Fellow

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Stockholm, , SE

Start Date: November 2016 – exact date is negotiable

Duration: Full time, Permanent position (with a 6 months’ probation period)

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience

Open to: Both external and internal candidates

Application deadline: 31 August 2016

SEI Stockholm is recruiting an independently motivated colleague with a strong background and experience in sustainable finance, and an interest in applied research on the “greening” of the financial system.

The candidate will join a team of colleagues investigating the role of the financial system, financial institutions and innovative financial products, in the transition towards a green and sustainable financial system. The new 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement have made it more clear than ever that the financial sector now has a vital role to play in driving sustainable development. SEI is increasingly engaging in the topic of how the financial sector can catalyse change towards green and sustainable investments. A particular current focus is on the role of innovative financial instruments, such as green bonds, their potential, the drivers and barriers to their mainstreaming and understanding investor behaviour and motivations. The candidate would initially work on a project on greening investments in the face of climate risks. With time, it is expected that the candidate will develop and lead his/her own research portfolio in collaboration with SEI colleagues.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing a range of research questions and collaborative projects as part of a growing team expanding a research portfolio on sustainable finance. Illustrative topics could include a selection of:
    • Exploring the role of financial institutions in the transition to a sustainable financial system, including investors, banks, regulators, large international organizations;
    • Mapping and understanding innovative green financial instruments;
    • Assessing the fundamental motivations and behavioural traits of key financial actors and investors towards sustainable investment;
    • Exploring how financial actors view climate related risks, and what the implications for investors could be if such risks remain unaccounted for;
    • Studying financial flows in the context of climate change objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Engaging with stakeholders in Sweden, EU and globally, communicating and sharing research findings with decision-makers;
  • Writing of reports and briefs; publishing research papers in leading academic journals;
  • Managing and supporting junior colleagues, as needed;
  • External and internal project steering and management, including vis-à-vis external partners, budgeting and reporting;
  • Developing research proposals and ideas in collaboration with colleagues

Requirements and qualifications

The successful candidate will have a strong academic background, preferably in sustainable finance, and experience from working with research in academic institutions, think tanks, consulting firms, financial institutions, or relevant regulatory or government agencies. We are looking for a curious, creative and analytical colleague, who enjoys problem solving, possesses the ability to switch perspectives, and is capable of seeing a problem from many angles at the same time. The candidate is expected to be capable of working both independently and in a team in a highly flexible and exciting global research environment.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, financial economics, political science, business administration, or related fields. If not formally trained in these fields the candidate should demonstrate strong relevant professional experience in combination with an advanced academic degree in other fields;
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience of research and/or private business in the analysis of sustainable/development economics and/or financial markets in contexts relevant to the above profile, responsibilities, and indicative categories of analyses;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate complex ideas to senior stakeholders and experience from publishing scientific papers;
  • Excellent team working and social skills and enthusiasm for helping build up an expanding applied research group;
  • Fluency in English.

Desirable qualifications

  • A Doctor of Philosophy Degree in any of the required areas of expertise;
  • Ability to engage with academic research in financial economics, including literature on green finance, climate finance and policy design;
  • Experience in project management, including supporting junior colleagues in a project or research based environment;
  • Previous experience analysing the functioning financial systems, specifically from a sustainable perspective;
  • Quantitative analysis skills, ideally with experience in financial modelling and markets analysis;
  • Knowledge of green/climate finance, including existing mechanisms/governance for financial flows;
  • Fluency in other major languages.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online using the Apply now button below. The application requires a cover letter (maximum 1 page) and a CV. Applications must be written in English and arrive at SEI as soon as possible but no later than 31 August 2016.

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