Climate Research Analyst (Fellows Program - Ghana)

TechnoServe

About the organization

TechnoServe is a nonprofit economic development organization founded in 1968 that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. Our programs develop the capacity of individuals and businesses, strengthen market systems, and facilitate the development of emerging industries that can serve as economic drivers in developing communities.

Our goal: to create sustainable economic growth that helps impoverished individuals improve their lives and secure a better future for their families.

TechnoServe has offices in nearly 30 countries across the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, as well as in London.

Duties

TechnoServe is seeking a Fellow to support CASA TAF in assessing the potential to incorporate innovative climate finance mechanisms (e.g., carbon credits, payment for ecosystem services) into the business models of agribusinesses that source commodities from smallholder farmers. The fellowship would support the CASA TAF team in exploring the current landscape and scoping of climate-focused inclusive business plans with agribusiness partners. In addition, the fellowship would support the CASA TAF team to assess and consider the enabling environment (e.g. regulatory environment, policy, incentives and key barriers for agribusiness/investors) for taking advantage of climate finance mechanisms and generating inclusive benefits from climate-focused inclusive business models (using Ghana as a test case).

The fellowship ultimately aims to explore how climate finance mechanisms can incentivise investments in climate focused inclusive business models; generate meaningful income benefits for smallholder farmers and tangible commercial value for agribusinesses.

Expected deliverables
● Research report summarising scope items
● Ghana case study PowerPoint presentation
● Model quantifying achievable returns for smallholder farmers from specific climate smart approaches in representative value chains

Timeline
● Four to five months

Qualifications

● Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of three years of relevant work experience (i.e., in business or impact analytics, finance) required
● Prior experience in top tier strategy consulting, private equity or investment banking preferred
● Intellectual curiosity and fascination with the role of finance in the transition to a low carbon and environmentally sustainable economy – you will be supported on technical assumptions around agriculture and carbon capture but will need to absorb and incorporate these into your analysis
● Strong financial modeling skills
● Strong project management skills
● Proven analytical and quantitative skills
● Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills ● Strong computer skills, including MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel ● Ability to work independently, flexibly, and responsively
● Ability to adapt to changing working conditions
● Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines

Salary

Unpaid - Per diem provided for traveling to country

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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