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Associate, Climate Finance

  • European Climate Foundation
Brussels, Belgium
  • European Climate Foundation
Brussels, Belgium


The European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a major philanthropic initiative working to help tackle the climate crisis by fostering the development of a net-zero emission society at the national, European and global levels.

We support over 1000 partner organizations to carry out activities that drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement, contribute to the public debate on climate action and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.

The ECF brings together diverse perspectives and backgrounds to find the best innovative solutions to tackle climate change. We are committed to engaging and hiring people from a wide diversity of backgrounds to strengthen the cause. If you share our values of respect, innovation, and collaboration, join us.


In line with the Paris Agreement and the EU net zero 2050 target, the ECF Climate Finance Strategy aims to ensure the global financial system is transformed to make financial flows consistent with a 1.5-degree pathway and climate-resilient development by:

  • Working on increasing Paris-aligned finance flows: ensuring an increase in development finance, particularly through reform of international financial institutions; greater mobilisation of private capital catalysed by development finance; and ensuring fiscal and monetary tools are used effectively to support the transition;

  • Supporting the shift to a net zero financial system: ensuring that the financial sector has the tools and methodologies to plan its approach to the transition; that corporate and financial actors provide the information and data required to assess their sustainability impacts; and that they are held to account for their climate impacts and commitments to meet net zero;

  • Working on knowledge gaps and supporting capacity building: ensuring that policymakers, central bankers, supervisors have the knowledge and skills to create ambitious and robust policies on sustainable finance.

This means supporting activities such as the following:

  • Supporting the implementation of ambitious action on sustainable finance within the EU, including via the EU Green Deal and the EU Sustainable Finance Strategy;

  • Working to leverage Europe’s role in global approaches to integrating climate risks and opportunities in the financial system and increase transparency, accountability and enforcement of regulation;

  • Creating opportunities for dialogue between all financial sector stakeholders;

  • Supporting processes and building capacity for sustainable finance at national, European and global level.

The Associate, Sustainable Finance Policy and Regulation, reports to the Programme Manager, Private Climate Finance.


  • Grant-making: support programme colleagues and the grants officer with regard to grant-making and grantee reporting cycles. This includes reviewing grantee proposals, evaluating grantee proposals, keeping an eye on deadlines and following up with grantees;

  • Project coordination: managing and monitoring deliverables and work conducted by a set of grantees and external consultancies by maintaining frequent communication and ensuring accountability; monitoring and evaluating progress and impact of initiatives and grants; and acting as a liaison to report progress to donors;

  • Research & Network activities: supporting the programme team in different fields of climate finance; scoping the landscape of different climate movements & initiatives, as well as identifying potential new projects & grantees;

  • Internal coordination and communication: liaising with ECF’s other programme teams and the organisation’s operations and communications teams to ensure proper and timely dissemination of information, and consistency and complementarity of different projects and work streams;

  • Programme support: planning and organising internal and external meetings, taking notes in meetings, preparing slides as well as attending and reporting back from relevant events.


  • Strong interest in climate and the environment;

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a related field; such as EU or international sustainable finance policy and regulation, central banking or working on sustainable finance within a financial institution or relevant consultancy;

  • Deep understanding of the policy-making processes in the EU, particularly in relation to sustainable finance or the EU Green Deal;

  • Excellent collaboration skills and attitude: with a great capacity to listen and to seek advice from a wide range of people;

  • Ability to follow through with smart and adaptive implementation plans;

  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks;

  • Enthusiastic personality and a sense of humor, ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;

  • Excellent command of the English languages (both spoken and written).


What we offer

  • The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work;

  • A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself;

  • A one-year, renewable position (conditions may differ depending on location).


Please upload your

  • CV (in English);

  • cover letter (in English).

Candidates need to be in possession of a work permit for the work location in case applicable.

All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise.


We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our organisation. We strongly encourage

candidates from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds to apply.
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