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The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) is a nongovernmental nonprofit that promotes ambitious climate action globally. Based in Washington DC with staff around the world, we help policymakers around the world develop, promote, and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.  


CCAP is a collegial, non-hierarchical organization known for its emphasis on cutting edge analyses, productive policy dialogues, and on-the-ground delivery of transformative policy programs and projects. This is a unique opportunity for the right person to make a significant contribution to achieving pragmatic and effective policy change in a variety of policy environments around the world.   





The research assistant will support CCAP’s international climate work. S/he will provide research, analysis, and report-writing support for CCAP’s projects focused on climate change mitigation policies. S/he will have the opportunity to contribute to research on important climate and energy topics, potentially including policies to support international climate change mitigation commitments, carbon markets, climate finance, and methane mitigation strategies. The research assistant will have contact with policymakers and other experts and will participate in cutting-edge climate change policy work.  


Responsibilities include: 

  • Research and quantitative analysis on developing countries' climate and energy policies. 

  • Policy analysis and writing for reports, issue briefs, proposals, fact sheets, blogs, etc. 

  • Interaction with outside technical consultants, policymakers and other stakeholders on various assignments. 

  • Preparation of presentations and other materials for meetings and conferences. 

  • Conference support, including outreach to participants, logistical support, and managing registration database. 


The research assistant will support one or more projects, for example:  

  • International climate policy – Perform literature review of international and domestic carbon markets; review and summarize UNFCCC submissions. 

  • Climate Finance – Research and synthesize international and domestic climate finance and transparency-related frameworks and policies. Support in drafting thematic reports and publications and preparing workshop materials (e.g., concept/background note, ppt)      

  • Waste sector – Research municipal solid waste projects and regulations in developing countries as well as best practice regulatory approaches. Assist in evaluating and recommending workable strategies to limit methane emissions. 

  • General knowledge about climate change data, like emissions factors, activity data, emissions calculations, and country data about emissions, baselines, and mitigation performance.   


The position is available immediately for six-month duration, with the possibility to become permanent depending on performance. CCAP offers competitive salary and full benefits package, based on the individual’s qualifications and experience. 




This is an ideal position for a recent graduate with 1-2 years of experience, looking to work on international climate policy at a cutting edge, non-profit organization. The successful candidate will be able to learn quickly on the job, work independently, and manage multiple tasks. Specific qualifications include: 

  • Master’s degree in environmental policy, international relations, political science, economics, environmental science or related field. 

  • Coursework or experience in environmental, climate, and energy policy required. 

  • Excellent research and writing skills required. 

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Complete fluency in English required. 

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and timeliness with deadlines. 

  • Experience with Microsoft Office including: Teams, Excel, Word, Outlook and Powerpoint. 

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred. 


Applications, including a cover letter describing your qualifications, your resume (in Word or PDF format), and one short writing sample (containing quantitative or technical analysis including spreadsheet, if possible) should be sent to: Hiring Manager at  


To expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type “Research Assistant” and your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.   


The Center for Clean Air Policy is an equal opportunity employer.

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