Research and Project Officer

About the role

The Climate Group seeks a motivated and bright individual with excellent research, writing and organizational skills. This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding team and play a part in supporting ambitious action on climate change by sub-national governments.

You will take on a cross-functional role within our Under2 Secretariat providing important research and project management support helping to establish some important new programs of work in the lead up to the Global Climate Action Summit.


About The Climate Group

Our Mission 

Accelerating climate action. 

Our Goal 

A world of less than 2°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all, without delay. 

How we do it 

  • We bring together powerful networks, of businesses and governments, which shift global markets and policies, towards this goal. 
  • We act as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale. And we use the power of communication to build ambition and pace. 
  • We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change. 


The Climate Group is an international non-profit with offices in London, New Delhi and New York


About the Under2 Coalition

The Under2 Coalition brings together 205 governments, spanning six continents and 43 countries committing to reduce their GHG emissions toward net-zero by 2050. The Climate Group acts as Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition and works directly with government signatories and partners of the Under2 MOU to drive net-zero ambition and action.

The Under2 MOU is a commitment by sub-national governments to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions toward net-zero by 2050. Central to this is the public commitment by all signatories to reduce their GHG emissions by 80-95% on 1990 levels, or 2 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent per capita, by 2050.

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Main Accountabilities

The Research and Project Officer will provide broad support the Under2 Coalition team with an immediate focus on deliverables for the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018. 

  • Conduct research and mapping of successful policy models, policy barriers and climate targets to identify levers for the most impactful climate actions by sub-national governments, with a particular focus on energy and transport.
  • Summarizing research findings in compelling and succinct papers and briefing notes
  • Work with the communications team to ensure that research and information is presented in a compelling way to the right audiences.
  • Work with external research partners and contractors to support new research projects on sub-national climate action.
  • Work across teams to support the development of new announcements, policy initiatives and to set-up collaborative projects based on research findings.
  • Provide project support for the coordination of The Climate Group’s work ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit, including setting up calls with key partners, developing planning documents, compiling meetings notes, tracking progress and undertaking important tasks as they arise.
  • Undertake any other relevant work as required, including supporting ad-hoc projects related to policy research, new projects and fundraising bids

About you

This is an exciting role for a dynamic individual interested in making a difference on climate change by providing important project support ahead of a major global climate summit. You will have strong project coordination and research skills, excellent writing skills and will have the flexibility to work across a range of functional areas. 


  • Excellent analytical and research skills with demonstrable previous experience
  • Strong project coordination and organizational skills
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to easily synthesize findings and ideas to a non-technical audience
  • Proven ability to work within and across teams, with good people skills
  • Proactive and able to work independently
  • Self-starter, with ability to adapt to changing conditions/circumstances
  • Ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment. 


  • Experience of working internationally
  • Experience of managing relationships and working with governments
  • Experience of working in government or private sector
  • Knowledge of foreign languages


You will be based in our London Head Office, in County Hall, which is a five-minute walk from Waterloo station. 

Terms and conditions

The role is a full-time post for fixed term period of six months, with potential to extend or become permanent. We offer a salary of £22,000 - £26,000 per annum depending on experience. In addition, the role holder will benefit from:

  • 25 days’ holiday pro rata, plus public holidays 
  • 10% non-contributory pension scheme following three months' service 
  • Life Assurance
  • Subsidized gym membership
  • Season ticket loan

How to apply

Use the 'Apply' button to apply for this vacancy. Should you require further information or an informal discussion, please contact Libby Ferguson, Senior Advisor, Under2 Coalition at 

Applications for the position should come in the form of a CV and cover letter.The expected closing date for applications is 29nd April 2018.

The requisite eligibility criteria, or work visa to work in the UK are a requirement for this position and no relocation costs with be borne by The Climate Group.