About CPI

Climate Policy Initiative (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, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

CPI’s Climate Law and Governance program provides decision makers with in-depth analysis of Brazil’s legal and regulatory framework and governance for key climate issues including land use, land rights, infrastructure, and energy.

The Brazil office works in partnership with PUC-Rio and runs a number of economic and legal research initiatives that focus on helping increase the protection of natural resources and food production in Brazil. More information about the Climate Policy Initiative in Brazil can be found at

Position Summary

CPI offers a challenging environment that requires independent thinking, collaboration, and pragmatic problem solving. The role of Legal Analyst supports the deliverables of CPI’s Climate Law and Governance’s land use work stream, focusing on issues such as tracking the implementation of Brazil’s Forest Code, analyzing rural land tenure governance and legislation, analyzing legal procedures to combat deforestation, providing timely analysis of legislative and executive proposals, and identifying new relevant areas of analysis.

Under the supervision of the Research Manager of CPI’s Climate Law and Governance team in Rio de Janeiro office, the Legal Analyst will help shape and influence CPI’s strategy and analytical foundation. They will support the design and manage complex research assignments on the governance and legal frameworks of critical land use issues.

In consultation with the Research Manager, the Legal Analyst will be expected to deliver high quality outputs on time and within budget. They will build and maintain relationships with governmental agencies and other organizations that work on land use and provide advice and support to the manager. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Includes the following and others as assigned:

  • Have primary responsibility for work streams and projects as designated by the Research Manager and develop and implement complex research assignments and analytical projects.
  • Perform rigorous evaluation of environmental legislation related to land use in force or under discussion on bill proposals.
  • Conduct literature reviews including legal, policy and economic publications.
  • Monitor lawsuits and bill proposals related to land use and CPI projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships with governmental agencies and other organizations that work on land use.
  • Lead the writing and editing of high-quality CPI products, including full reports, executive summaries, blogs, and presentations.
  • Communicate and collaborate with CPI staff working across other agendas and offices.


  • Demonstration of extensive and progressive professional experience as an environmental lawyer in a policy organization, law firm, academic/research institution, or entity within the justice system (2-3 years for analyst and 3+ years for senior analyst).
  • Experience in in-depth analysis of environmental legislation, legal decisions, judicial cases, bill proposals and policy reports is required.
  • Experience in academic research is strongly preferred.
  • Law degree required. Master’s degree or specialization in environmental law, environmental public policy, or a related field strongly preferred.

Competencies and Personal Attributes

  • Understanding of current land use policies in place and under discussion in Brazil.
  • Experience in applying institutional, governance, and regulatory analysis to provide public policy recommendations.
  • Independent, analytical mind with a track record of applying sound legal, political and strategic judgment to complex issues.
  • Analytical mind, creative and with ability to process, analyze and organize multiple information, and structure the analysis in a logical, linear, and clear manner.
  • Flexibility, professionalism, enthusiasm for working as part of a team, and an ability to interact with a diverse array of people.
  • Strong attention to detail, organization, time management, and prioritization skills, and an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to write clearly, simply, and accessibly about legal topics for a non-specialist audience.
  • Superior Portuguese and English written and verbal communications skills.

Compensation and Benefits 

CPI is hiring for one full-time position, open immediately. The position is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CPI has adopted hybrid working whereby staff are able to work a mix of remote and in the office. Occasional regional travel may be required.  CPI in Brazil hires through the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. 

To Apply

Interested candidates should click here to submit

1.  CV

2.  A Compelling Cover Letter which clearly sets out why you’re passionate about joining the CPI team and how your unique skills and experiences align with our requirements no later than January 15, 2024, when short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Application letters should be written in English or Portuguese.

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Climate Policy Initiative is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we are working to embed DEI across every facet of our organization. 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. 

To find out more about the role and how to apply please click here.


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