CPI is an analysis and advisory organization with deep expertise in finance and policy. Our mission is to help governments, businesses, and financial institutions drive economic growth while addressing climate change. CPI has six offices around the world in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

CPI is known as a leader in tracking sustainable investment trends, identifying innovative business models, and supporting the solutions that can drive the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient, inclusive economy. We are unique in our focus on finance, our ability to get the right people to the table, and our analytical rigor.


The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab) is a public-private initiative that identifies, develops, and launches cutting-edge climate finance instruments. It aims to drive billions of dollars of private investment into climate change mitigation and adaptation in emerging economies.

Since launching in 2014, The Lab has launched 49 innovative financial instruments that have collectively mobilized more than USD 2.5 billion in investment.

Over the years the Lab has launched three regional programs—India, Brazil and Southern Africa—to focus on these specific geographies’ potential to scale-up private sector investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate adaptation, and/or sustainable land-use of climate finance related products.


The Lab is expanding its size and scope, and is now seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Program Assistant to provide critical operational support to the Lab program to ensure that its operations run smoothly. This position requires an independent and resourceful individual with strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.

Given the Lab’s broad array of programs and high-level stakeholders, including leading financial institutions, UN agencies and government ministries, the position requires very strong attention to detail, nuanced communication, a high level of professionalism, and the ability to manage multiple tasks at the same time.

Although the position will primarily have an operations focus, there may also be opportunities, dependent on capacity and the candidate’s skills/interests, to engage with the innovative and cross-cutting substantive work of the Lab. This position is ideal for a candidate looking to build their career in the international development or climate change space, with a particular focus on innovation and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The Program Assistant will report to the Lab Program Coordinator and is an integral part of the Lab program team, working closely with the entire program team as well as the team of analysts and proponents developing each year’s class of innovative climate finance instruments.


Includes the following and others as assigned:

  • Organize, coordinate, and attend internal team and external Lab virtual and physical meetings
  • Draft agendas, participant lists, presentations, meeting minutes, and pre- and post-meeting communications
  • Craft emails and memos to Lab members, stakeholders, proponents, and internal teams
  • Support project management of the Lab’s annual cycle, as well as other key deliverables, utilizing project management tools, to map out processes and timelines, as well as ongoing communication to keep deliverables on time and on budget
  • Maintain contact and stakeholder management databases
  • Support content maintenance of investor database and update when needed
  • Support internal knowledge management and sharing processes
  • Support budget management and monitoring, including coordinating travel and vendor logistics for meetings and events; supporting the processing of project-related invoices and expense reports; and monitoring staff allocations.
  • Support coordination and development of communications products, including reports, event-related content, awards and grant submissions, blogs, videos, and social media
  • Support content maintenance of the Lab website, utilizing WordPress
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working around the globe


  • BA or BS degree in International Development/Affairs, Public Policy, Economics, Communications or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Past experience (including internships) with multi-stakeholder partnerships desirable
  • Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with MS Teams, WordPress, and/or Airtable is desirable.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of a second language is an advantage, particularly Portuguese.
  • Familiarity and demonstrated interest (including through coursework) in the areas of climate finance, international climate policy, and/or sustainable development is desirable


  • You have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • You are a stickler for detail and have strong organizational skills
  • You are capable of juggling multiple tasks and priorities at the same time and adhering to set deadlines
  • You are self-motivated and dependable with a passion for learning
  • You can keep calm under pressure and perform all tasks with absolute professionalism
  • Your values are aligned with CPI’s – you want to be part of a positive change in the world


CPI is recruiting for one full time position for an immediate start. The preference is for a candidate based in San Francisco or Washington D.C., however, we will also consider candidates based in CPI’s offices in London or Rio de Janeiro. 

During the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, CPI has adopted a flexible working policy and all staff are currently working remotely. Attendance at the office will be fully optional through the remainder of 2021. CPI offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package.


Click here to submit an application. With your application, attach two documents in English: (1) An up to date CV and (2) a cover letter outlining why you want to work with CPI and how your skills and experience align with the above criteria.

The position will remain open until we find the right candidate. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis so we encourage applicants to submit at the earliest opportunity. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please be sure to add notifications@app.bamboohr.com to your contact list to ensure delivery of all correspondence from us.

Climate Policy Initiative is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we are working to embed DEI across every facet of our organisation. We seek to establish a working environment  where all board members, staff, volunteers, and contractors feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are openly valued as critical to the success of our organization and the achievement of our mission and vision.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process.


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