Remote (U.S.)
7 days ago
Full time role



Boulder, CO, USA

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Job Description

Job Description:

Do you love solving challenging problems, writing and research? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about a just climate and clean energy transition, particularly for countries in the Global South? If yes, then join our growing team!  



Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN) Program Overview 


The Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN) was established to support developing countries in accessing finance to achieve their climate objectives. By cultivating a network of highly trained climate finance advisors, CFAN builds the capacity of developing countries to (1) identify the sources and instruments for delivering climate finance, (2) establish relationships with climate finance providers, and (3) structure financing for mitigation and adaptation investments. CFAN works across developing countries with a focus on Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. 


In 2020, the Government of Canada announced a contribution of CAD 9.5 million to CFAN. This funding will support CFAN in deploying climate finance advisors in 30 countries by year-end 2021. The CFAN Network Coordinator (initially RMI) is responsible for designing and implementing CFAN’s advisor training program, supporting climate finance advisors working in-country, building long-term country capacity beyond the tenure of CFAN advisors, and facilitating collaboration among CFAN’s institutional members. CFAN’s membership includes over a dozen organizations working to improve climate finance access in developing countries.   


Position Overview 


CFAN is seeking an Associate to help implement this new international climate finance initiative. This is an exciting opportunity to join a quickly growing team that will be responsible for steering CFAN to success and delivering on its impact promise. The successful candidate will support implementation of CFAN’s network services – including the state-of-the-art advisor training program – and coordination of our growing network of international organizations, climate finance providers, and countries. 


Specifically, we are looking for an individual with familiarity of the international climate finance landscape, including the barriers, challenges, and opportunities faced by least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS) in securing and structuring finance for climate investment. The ideal candidate will also bring experience in supporting capacity-building programs for lasting impact. 



Key Responsibilities 

  • Support stakeholder engagement and management at a range of institutions, including international financial institutions, multilateral climate funds and development banks, national climate policymakers, and other non-profits and research organizations 

  • Prepare proposals, pitch decks, grant reports and other donor-facing materials 

  • Support the selection and oversight of CFAN partners, including those contributing to the advisor training program and in-country capacity building workshops   

  • Contribute ideas to further CFAN’s thought leadership on climate finance access 

  • Support CFAN staff in continuing to evolve the CFAN strategy, particularly expansion into the Caribbean and/or African regions  

  • Support the development of training modules and materials, in consultation with CFAN, regional partners, and other experts 

  • Design and facilitate meetings and workshops for CFAN member initiatives, advisors, and other stakeholders 

  • Support communications efforts (e.g., through blogs and other digital content) 

  • Represent RMI and CFAN at conferences and events internationally 




Minimum Qualifications:   

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience in an applicable field such as international relations, finance, public policy. Masters degree prefered.  

  • For Associate level, 1-2 years of work experience in a related field 


Preferred knowledge, skills, experience, and competencies:  

  • Familiarity with the international climate policy context, particularly global climate negotiations, and the variety of funds and initiatives that exist to help developing countries finance their adaptation and mitigation strategies   

  • Familiarity and/or experience with country operating and investment environment contexts and challenges in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific, Caribbean, and/or Africa 

  • Experience with and/or knowledge of climate finance, sustainable development, and project finance for both adaptation and mitigation, including financial structuring for infrastructure projects or investment programs within the private and/or public sectors 

  • Experience working at the nexus of climate change, gender equality, and human rights issues 

  • Experience planning or facilitating events and workshops (both in-person and virtual), and strong external engagement skills 

  • Excellent writing, research, and verbal communication skills 

  • Ability to work both independently and as a highly collaborative team player 

  • Problem solver who is willing to develop and share ideas internally and externally 



We are a remote-ready organization with team members around the globe. Our beautiful and welcoming offices are available for meetings or focused work, whether you are traveling through or living nearby. Our U.S. offices are in New York City; Washington DC; Oakland, California; Boulder, Colorado; and Basalt, Colorado. This role can be located from anywhere in the continental United States.   

We provide you with the essential IT equipment plus a one-time home technology payment and a monthly work from home/commuter allowance to ensure you have a comfortable home office set up and necessary supplies.   

We love seeing each other in person! We occasionally gather for shared time together like retreats and learning experiences. Be ready to travel for occasional in-person meetings (and of course, we cover travel costs). This role may be expected to travel for team events which occur approximately twice a year.

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined in Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply. 


RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. A new Sr People Generalist based in the U.S. joins at the minimum to mid salary range of $70,000-$95,000. You would also have an additional 5% bonus target!  


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:     

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance    
  • 403b retirement options (up to 5% match immediately)    
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability    
  • Professional and personal development
  • Generous paid time off and sick leave
  • Parental leave    
  • Flexible working hours
  • Commuter and work from home stipends

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion      

At RMI, our mission is to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future for all. For this to happen, every single person needs to be a stakeholder in the energy transition. Recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve is critical to our success. We need the widest range of perspectives to understand the systems we are trying to change. That doesn’t just mean bringing a diverse team to the table; it also means working proactively to give all job seekers and employees equitable experiences. Visit our DEI page for more information on our DEI initiatives and commitments.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.   

About RMI 

RMI is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. Since our founding in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus, we continue to grow and have a global reach and reputation. 

For 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to publish groundbreaking research and analysis. We bring together collaborations of rare reach, range, and expertise—creating unconventional partnerships and mobilizing action to drive change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis.

RMI is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Boulder, CO, USA

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