Senior Specialist, Climate Policy

Principles for Responsible Investment

Employment Type Full time
Location Hybrid · London, City of, UK OR Washington DC US
Salary £73,000 - £86,000 (GBP)
Seniority Senior
  • Closing: 10:00am, 2nd Oct 2023 BST

Job Description

About the PRI

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.

The PRI’s three distinct capabilities relate to the core elements of the PRI’s approach to achieving a sustainable financial system.

  • Translate RI (Responsible Investment) thought leadership into insights and practical support that is tailored to what signatories need to progress their RI practice

  • Convene our vast network to create opportunities for collaborative action

  • Harness our global scale to influence policymakers and regulators to effect system change

Job Description

The policy team provides tools and insight to international standard setters, signatories and policy makers to advance progress towards a regulatory and investment environment consistent with the implementation of PRI’s Mission Statement and the Six Principles.

This includes developing positions on government policy and making public statements or submissions in PRI’s name. The work is conducted through evidence-based collaborative projects with PRI signatories and other stakeholders. More information on the PRI’s policy approach can be found on our website.

The successful candidate will contribute to the continued development and implementation of the PRI’s global climate policy strategy.

The Climate Policy Senior Specialist reports to the Director of Global Policy in the Sustainable Systems Division.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop policy positions, consistent with the implementation of PRI’s Mission Statement, the Six Principles and ensuring consistency with other PRI positions where relevant

  • Build consensus within the PRI and with key external stakeholders on PRI climate policy positions, drawing on available expertise both in house and externally

  • Submit and present climate policy positions to policymakers and regulators at a senior level

  • Build and maintain good working relationships with key stakeholders (e.g. other investor networks, policy makers)

  • Lead on content development and communications with Regions teams to significantly increase PRI Signatories adhesion and support climate policy developments globally

  • Preparing briefing notes and presentations for PRI executives on PRI policy activities including for the CEO, Chiefs and team Director

  • Working closely with climate teams, monitor and research key developments relevant to: climate policy, carbon markets and related policies, carbon taxes and prices, policy responses to climate mitigation and adaptation, and the broader economic transition policy framework

  • Identify new research areas to support PRI’s work on climate policy

  • Contribute to wider policy team projects (signatories advisory group, newsletters, regulatory database, events, other ad-hoc content and project support etc.)

Person Specification

  • Good understanding of the PRI, investment practice, the structure and operation of the investment chain and issues relating to developments in sustainable finance and climate change.

  • Good knowledge of how climate policy relates to broader public policy and sustainable finance developments (corporate ESG disclosure and data, taxonomies, stewardship, investor duties, due diligence etc.).

  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with investors, policymakers, and key stakeholders at a senior level. Demonstrable experience developing advocacy strategies with policymakers and regulators, trade association or public affairs consultancy.

  • Previous experience in policy analysis, formulating policy positions and conducting research, preferably including projects relevant to responsible investment.

  • Outstanding communications and analytical skills demonstrated through professional experience, with professional English writing standard and editing skills.

  • Comfort presenting to groups, speaking in public and facilitating workshops and an ability to adapt communication style to different audiences.

  • Self-starter with ability to work autonomously. Candidates should be comfortable with remote working systems and practices, and working alone or as part of a small office.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to get on well as part of a team and work in small teams.

  • A proactive, “can-do" attitude and collaborative approach to working with others.

  • Knowledge of or interest in sustainable development and climate change, and their implications for public policy, with a philosophical commitment to sustainable investment and the mission of the PRI.

  • Education in economics, public policy, finance or international affairs or similar. Advanced degrees (MPP, MBA, JD) or relevant industry qualifications (CFA, CAIA) are desirable.

We particularly welcome candidates from under-represented groups, including Black, Asian, and other People of Colour, those with visible or non-visible disabilities, LGBTQ+ candidates and those who are neurodivergent.

N.B. We reserve the right to close a vacancy before the closing date in the event of an overwhelming response or a change in business priorities.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 2nd Oct 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 2nd Oct 2023