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Senior Researcher, Public Banks & Development

  • E3G
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • E3G
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: July 1, 2024

E3G is seeking a Senior Researcher to work within its Public Banks and Development team. The post-holder will contribute to the coordination of research on the E3G Public Bank Climate Tracker Matrix, an online tool for assessing the Paris alignment of Multilateral Development Banks and bilateral Development Finance Institutions. The Senior Researcher will be based in one of our E3G offices in either Berlin, Brussels, London or Washington DC, with a preference for Berlin.


E3G is an independent climate change think tank. We are world leading strategists on the political economy of climate change, dedicated to achieving a safe climate for all.

We work on the frontier of the climate politics landscape tackling the barriers and advancing the solutions to a safe climate. Our goal is to translate climate politics, economics and policies into action.

E3G is ranked as one of the top ten most influential environmental think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index.

E3G offers a dynamic and fast paced working environment that will value your insight, initiative and collaboration wherever you are in the organisation.

E3G values diversity and encourages applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.


E3G’s mission is to ensure climate safety for all. E3G’s Public Banks and Development team works towards two specific goals in this context:

  • Capital is mobilised at sufficient scale and pace, to the right places, to support global climate-safe transition;

  • Public development finance institutions and mechanisms play a transformational role in achieving climate safety as a result of strong design, governance and actions, helping to unlock the international politics of collaboration for transition.

This role will support the Public Banks and Development team’s core work, with a particular focus on  the E3G Public Bank Climate Tracker Matrix. This will include the production of high-quality research about public banks, direct engagement with the staff and shareholders of public banks, and collaborative working with other teams across E3G in support of shared goals.


  • Delivery and coordination of research, including qualitative and quantitative analysis for E3G’s Public Bank Climate Tracker Matrix and ensure that the Matrix is kept updated with high-quality, accurate and relevant information;

  • Monitoring changes in the development finance sphere. Analysing and assessing policies relevant to the climate ambition of public banks and other development finance institutions, and the related policies of shareholder/donor governments;

  • Producing internal and external communications materials in relation to role responsibilities, e.g., internal meeting readouts and analysis, E3G policy briefings, reports, social media content;

  • Playing a central role in building and managing E3G relationships with stakeholders in the development finance ecosystem internationally, including bank officials, shareholders, NGOs, and policymakers;

  • Coordinating with other E3G teams and with external stakeholders in order to make improvements to the Public Bank Climate Tracker Matrix and to expand its use inside and outside E3G;

  • Providing general support to the work of the Public Banks and Development team, including around event organisation, team administration, etc;

  • Contribute to the work of the E3G organisation overall, proactively seeking and building internal collaborations with other teams to support E3G-wide strategic goals;

  • Any other reasonable management request.


  • A multi-year track record of producing both qualitative and quantitative research. Data visualization skills would be an important advantage, as will strong quantitative analysis skills including R and/or Python as well as data scraping skills;

  • The ability to write fluently and coherently in English, preferably with prior experience of writing policy briefings or reports. Candidates will be asked to share examples of previous written outputs during the interview process;

  • A high level of competence to speak, read and write in one or more additional languages will be an advantage. Languages of interest include German, Spanish, and French, with proficiency in non-European languages also of interest;

  • A solid understanding of the international development finance system and/or of climate finance issues in the multilateral context and of the implications of the low carbon transition on the finance sector. Direct experience of working on or with public banks will be an advantage. A strong interest in politics and a broad understanding of key issues in climate change policy;

  • Experience of communicating using a range of different media, e.g. reports, blogs, press, social media;

  • Experience of dealing with a range of different stakeholders (e.g. public officials, civil society organisations) and of working with decision-makers at a variety of levels;

  • At least three years of relevant professional experience and track record in a relevant setting e.g., political, policy or research in government or international institution, civil society, think tank or research institute;

  • Experience of managing the work of others in a team context will be an advantage;

  • The candidate should be able to demonstrate a high level of initiative and be positive, organised, resilient and able to deliver high quality work on time. They should demonstrate attention to detail combined with the ability to analyse complex information to create high-level summaries;

  • An undergraduate degree, and ideally a post graduate degree in a relevant discipline. This could for example include politics, social sciences, economics, finance, climate change, environment or international relations.


  • Permanent, full-time position;

  • Flexible working arrangements and hybrid working approach;

  • 25 vacation days + additional leave between Christmas and New Year;

  • Employers Pension contribution plan;

  • E3G offers a reward and benefits package which compares well with other organisations within our sector. The indicative salary range in Berlin for this position is €45,000 to €49,000 per annum FTE, dependent on experience, qualification and location of the chosen candidate. The salary range in Brussels is €44,000 to €48,000. In London the salary range is ₤40,500 to 44,500 and in Washington DC $60,965 to 66,965;

  • Yearly process for remuneration review.

E3G is unable to provide any relocation assistance to candidates who would need to move in order to take up this position. E3G will require candidates to demonstrate that they have the right to live and work in the jurisdiction in which E3G employs them.


Please submit your application in English.

Please include:

  • A CV of maximum two pages;

  • A cover letter of maximum one page outlining why you are applying for this role and when you would be able to start work.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st July.

E3G is looking to appoint quickly and so may appoint before the deadline for applications, therefore you are advised to submit your application at the earliest convenience. Whilst we very much appreciate the time you will have taken with your application, unfortunately due to the level of response we receive we will not be able to reply to every candidate.  Therefore, if you have not heard from us with 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

E3G values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background. We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalised and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities
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