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Overall Function The Lead Senior Economist is an accomplished economist and researcher. This position is created to expand EDF's capacity in designing, conducting, and disseminating rigorous economic policy analysis as well as in the evaluation of economic studies in environmental, climate (adaptation or mitigation), and/or energy topics. Economic studies are crucially important in climate, energy, and environmental debates and decision making, and as powerful tools in environmental and climate policy advocacy. The main objectives of the Lead Senior Economist are to:Contribute to development of EDF strategies ensuring that they benefit from rigorous economic thinking.Provide high quality economic analysis and effectively translate findings to support EDF strategies.Provide peer review for use of economics within EDF or by EDF's partners to ensure high quality of work and appropriate interpretation.Support EDF's partners in building their own analytic capacities in environmental, climate (adaptation or mitigation), and/or energy topics by participating in and leading collaborative projects, and by organizing and providing training.Lead discussions of energy, environmental, and climate economic techniques, practices, and insights for internal and external users of economics research and among experts.The area of responsibility of the Lead Senior Economist is to be a recognized expert in their field by demonstrating a thorough understanding of applied theoretical or quantitative analysis and research in environmental, climate (adaptation or mitigation), and/or energy topics. The Lead Senior Economist should thoroughly understand both the mainstream and cutting-edge world class economic techniques applied to climate change and energy issues and be able to communicate the results of these analyses to other EDF staff and stakeholders. Location This job can be based remotely or in any EDF Office. https://www.edf.org/our-offices Key Responsibilities The Lead Senior Economist is responsible for all technical aspects of a particular project. They will consult with end users of research to define priorities and scope of research projects and identify potential approaches, including available data if relevant. Responsible for the communication of research methods and results at internal and external conferences and seminars and in publishable manuscripts to enhance EDF's reputation as an organization with strong analytical capacity in economics is expected. This team member will maintain a high level of personal expertise in research and an excellent reputation in their area of specialization. They will:Lead and produce economic analysis and research in environmental, climate (adaptation or mitigation), and/or energy topics.Advise and lead collaborative work with EDF's partners in the areas of economic research and education in environmental, climate (adaptation or mitigation), and/or energy topics.Identify opportunities to lead economics-focused discussions with industry experts, policy makers, and other researchers and scientists.Identify opportunities to establish and develop connections between EDF and the international academic and research community, public, and other organizations in the field of economic analysis of energy, environment, and climate change issues.Advance EDF's economics capacity building by allocating a portion of time to staying updated with networks, sharing work externally, participating in conferences, and developing new ideas for potential EDF economics areas of work.Supervise and mentor EDF staff.Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.QualificationsPh.D. in Economics or related discipline (e.g., Environmental, Agricultural and Resource Economics or Public Policy), and 6 or more years of experience in policy and/or research preferred.Thorough understanding of mainstream economic techniques in environmental, climate (adaptation or mitigation), and/or energy topics as well as core econometric concepts and methods as demonstrated by advanced degrees and professional publications.The ability to relate economic analysis to public policy and organizational strategy.Skill in translating complicated research and analytical concepts for non-technical audiences and translating results into practical solutions.Proven ability to conduct cutting-edge research.Ability to deploy a diversity of analytical approaches, from theoretical, and/or econometric studies to back-of-the-envelope analyses.Self-direction and independence of mind.Interest in relating economic research to real-world policy and in bridging the worlds of advocacy and academia.Excellent written and oral communication skills. The ability to learn quickly and think critically.Flexibility to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environment.Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission.
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.The pay range for this role is shown below which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.