About the role – Research Associate
As an Associate on the Research team, you will help us deliver on our ambitious agenda by collecting and analyzing evidence to support research projects and helping to develop innovative tools and resources for energy efficiency practitioners. You will work from CLASP’s Washington, DC office, and will collaborate extensively with CLASP team members in Europe, Africa, and Asia to create quality outputs such as reports, articles, and presentations that advance our global portfolio of energy efficiency projects. You will identify, explore, and cultivate new project ideas in consultation with Research team colleagues.
In this role you will be exposed to an unusually wide range of people and issues in the climate and energy sectors, as well as the internal infrastructure and operations of a global NGO. A successful candidate will develop and grow a broad set of professional and technical skills, honing them to the level of excellence in a demanding and fast-paced environment. You will work with, learn from, and grow alongside a high-performing and diverse team in which everyone is committed to the development of themselves and others.
Your responsibilities will include
- Contributing to research projects:
- Contribute to design and implementation of individual research projects and activities that will further CLASP’s climate and energy access objectives. Wherever possible actively solicit input from diverse perspectives from across the CLASP team.
- Conduct desk research on selected topics and prepare written synthesis of analysis and results for publication.
- Collaborate with consultants that are supporting individual research projects. Ensure that contributors adhere to realistic timelines, stay within budget, and produce high-quality outputs.
- Proactively identify and raise project implementation risks and concerns with the Chief of Research for discussion.
- Seek to develop productive partnerships with individual researchers and institutions to further CLASP’s strategic objectives.
- Knowing the data:
- Support development of analytical tools (typically in R Studio and Excel) that can be used to evaluate climate and energy access impacts of policy. Review, optimize, and quality check tools and resources developed by others.
- Clearly document sources and assumptions to enable results to be evaluated and reproduced.
- Understand the inherent limitations of data sources, assumptions, and analytical results so that uncertainties can be measured and discussed.
- Keeping the pulse of the energy & climate community:
- Read and summarize journal papers and media articles of relevance to CLASP’s climate and energy access work, with a focus on the central themes of impacts, innovation, and equity.
- Identify and track data and assumptions in the literature that support or challenge CLASP’s ongoing research and analysis. Develop and maintain a list of important citations for quick reference.
- Synthesize evidence and identify new research and partnership opportunities that will inform CLASP’s annual research strategy.
Who You Are:
- A Details Person. Your favorite part of reading a research paper is deciding which of the citations in the bibliography to read next. You want to understand not just what someone says, but what assumptions they used to get there.
- An Analog and Digital Synthesizer. Once you have collected all the details, you can wrap them up in a succinct written form and contribute to an engaging conversation, whether face-to-face, on the phone, or on Twitter.
- An Effective Collaborator. You have worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from colleagues and are known for being supportive.
- A Flexible Thinker. You are not afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You are comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned." You are happy to challenge someone’s assumptions, and to have your assumptions challenged in return.
- A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals. You know what you know, and what you don’t know, and don’t shy away from questions.
- Mission-oriented. You believe in the mission of CLASP and are passionate about climate change, energy efficiency, and creating a more sustainable world.
What you’ll need:
- Two to five years of professional experience in energy efficiency, clean energy, engineering, economics, or public policy.
- Ability to handle simultaneous deadlines and complete assignments with minimal supervision in a fast-paced workplace.
- Strong analytical skills, including using both Excel and R Studio for data analysis, and the ability to translate analysis into clear and concise policy recommendations.
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion. You're always asking: "whose voice is not at the table?" You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
- A passion for, and interest in, mitigating climate change.