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Chief Economist, New Climate Economy

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location India (North) - Asia & M East
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Board & Executives
Deadline 14/10/2013
Company Name Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
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Directory Entry : The Commission is a partnership of seven economic and policy research institutes – located in the US, China, Europe, India, Korea and Ethiopia – overseen by an International Council comprising former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics, business and finance.
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Chief Economist, New Climate Economy

London, Washington DC, Delhi, or Beijing

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major new international project to analyse and communicate the economic risks and opportunities which arise from climate change, and to make recommendations to the world’s governments, business and finance leaders on actions that will lead to lower carbon and more climate-resilient patterns of economic growth and development. Commissioned by a group of seven countries (Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Korea, Norway, Sweden and the UK), the initiative is overseen by an International Council comprising former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics, business and finance, chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The project will report in September 2014.

The project will be conducted by a world class team of economists and policy and business analysts drawn from, and supported by, a partnership of eight leading global economic and policy institutions: the Climate Policy Initiative, Ethiopian Development Research Institute, Global Green Growth Institute, Indian Council on International Economic Relations, Stockholm Environment Institute, Tsinghua University and World Resources Institute. A range of other institutions will be invited to participate in aspects of the research program, including the World Bank and regional development banks, the International Monetary Fund, International Energy Agency and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. An advisory group of leading economists from developed and developing countries will be convened to carry out an expert review of the work.


The Global Commission is seeking to recruit a Chief Economist for its team. The main task of the Chief Economist will be to provide guidance across the different analytical workstreams under the initiative and provide leadership on the workstreams more directly related to economics.

In particular, the Chief Economist will lead analyses related to economic modeling, with a focus on assessing the role of both medium-term economic models and longer term integrated assessment models (IAMs) in guiding policy makers in decisions related to the economy and climate. The Chief Economist will also assess the shortcomings of such models, and examine the potential for more innovative modeling techniques to better integrate uncertainty and better reflect the reality of decision making, including political economy issues.   The Chief Economist will be accountable for ensuring that the NCE Project has a consistent set of economic modeling tools, data and assumptions.

The work of the Chief Economist should be guided by the aspiration of the initiative to lead to tangible impact with key decision makers in both public and private sector. Both the International Council and an ad hoc, high-level Economic Advisory Panel, chaired by Professor Nicholas Stern, will support the Chief Economist in its work.   The Chief Economist will report directly to the Program Director.


  • Analytical leadership: a track record of leading applied economic analysis in a related area (climate economics, energy economic, natural resources economics, development economics).
  • Accountability: Proven ability and willingness to take ownership of responsibilities, honor commitments and to deliver outputs within a prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
  • ?Pragmatism: Proven problem-solving attitude with a track record of delivery of complex, multi-stakeholders projects
  • ?Communication: Proven ability to speak and write clearly and concisely. Effective communication skills that include the ability to listen to others and correctly interpret messages from the leadership and colleagues. Create and promote an environment for open communication and to share accurate and truthful information based on facts.
  • ?Teamwork: Proven ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve goals and to learn from others. Ability to offer constructive ideas and opinions when working in a team, to place organizational and team interests before personal agenda.


  • Advanced university degree in economics (preferably at PhD level) with a specialty in natural resource economics or development economics; macroeconomic modeling experience is a significant asset.
  • ? Substantial relevant professional experience in a first-tier academic institution, international organization, large multinational business or consultancy, large non-profit organization or government.
  • ? Fluency in English, both written and spoken.


? Shortlisted candidates only will be contacted. The selection process will include a competency-based interview.


  • ? Competitive Salary
  • ? The role will be located in London, Washington DC, Delhi or Beijing


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