About CPI 

With deep expertise in finance and policy, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is an analysis and advisory organization that works to improve the most important energy and land use practices around the world. 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. 

About the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance 

Trillions of dollars will be required to help cities build the low-emissions, resilient infrastructure necessary to combat and react to climate change. The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (the Alliance) is the only multi-level and multi-stakeholder coalition aimed at closing the investment gap for urban subnational climate projects and infrastructure worldwide.   

Launched at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2014, the Alliance was renewed during the 2019 UNSG Climate Action Summit, with CPI as its secretariat.

The Alliance has successfully provided an efficient platform and convening space, gathering the relevant actors dedicated to urban development, climate action, and/or financing, and providing knowledge and understanding to these various actors. Its members represent many of the world’s largest city and subnational networks, major public and private financial institutions, governments, and international organizations. The Alliance consists of more than 60 members, representing the main market players in city-level climate finance.  

The Alliance was renewed along with the announcement of the Leadership for Urban Climate Investment (LUCI), initiated by a multi-stakeholder coalition led by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) at the UN SG Climate Summit in 2019. LUCI is a framework that elevates and tracks commitments made by Alliance member initiatives, by catalyzing action along the entire value chain of subnational climate finance from project conception through financing.  

Position Summary 

CPI is now seeking a motivated and detail-oriented Project Assistant to provide critical administrative support to the Alliance and LUCI program team. As the Alliance has successfully increased its activities and membership, the team is looking for additional support to ensure that its operations run smoothly. This position requires an independent and resourceful individual with strong organizational and interpersonal skills.  

Day-to-day tasks will include the coordination of meetings with multiple partners; attending, taking notes, and compiling minutes of meetings and events; supporting the coordination of activities within the Alliance and between the Alliance and other activities at CPI; and supporting the development of presentations, communications material, and other Alliance products. 

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

Although the position will primarily have an administrative 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 Alliance. This position is ideal for a candidate looking to build their career in the international development, urban development or climate finance space, with a particular focus on cities and multi-stakeholder partnerships.  

Primary Duties & Responsibilities  

Includes the following and others as assigned: 

  • Coordinate and attend both internal team and external Alliance virtual and physical meetings  
  • Support the drafting of agendas and developing meeting minutes 
  • Update project management tools and utilize different software programs to map out processes and timelines 
  • Maintain contact and stakeholder management databases 
  • Support internal knowledge management and sharing processes 
  • Support implementation of internal project management policies and procedures  
  • Coordinate travel and vendor logistics for meetings and events; support the processing of project related invoices and expense reports 
  • Support the Project and Communications teams on the coordination and development of communications products including presentations, blogs, social media posts and full reports  
  • Support content maintenance of the Alliance website, utilizing WordPress 
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working around the globe 
  • Support on the 2021 Alliance mapping, including member outreach, collating submissions and data 
  • Provide research support for technical work products on urban climate finance (financial instruments applicable to cities, adaptation and mitigation urban climate activities, among others) 


  • BA or BS degree in International Development/Affairs, Public Policy, Economics, Communication (or other relevant field) or equivalent professional experience 
  • Past experience (including internships) with multi-stakeholder partnerships desirable 
  • Knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with MS Teams, WordPress, and Airtable is desirable. 
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required 
  • Familiarity and demonstrated interest (including through coursework) in the areas of climate finance, international climate policy, sustainable investing trends, and/or sustainable urban development is desirable but not essential 


  • 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 hiring for one position, open immediately. the successful candidate will work out of the London office. The CPI team is currently working remote due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the successful candidate will be supported by our HR and Operations team to get set up logistically during this period.

Candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK – CPI is unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

The position may require international travel when we are doing that again. Title and competitive compensation will be based on experience and location.

Click here to submit an application which must include the following:

  1. An up-to-date CV/resume
  2. A cover letter outlining why you want to work with CPI and how your skills and experience align with the position requirements. 

The deadline for applications is midnight GMT Friday 26th February 2021. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and we therefore encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Climate Policy Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.


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