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Research Analyst (Climate)

Feusisberg, Switzerland
The Kühne Foundation was established in 1976 by the Kühne family and is one of the largest foundations in the German-speaking world. As an operational foundation based in Schindellegi, Switzerland, it is involved in the areas of logistics, medicine, culture and, since the beginning of 2023, climate action. The Foundation is independent, operational and international.
The Kühne Foundation's work on climate action aims to help decouple the growth of prosperity from greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to a just, low-carbon global society. We therefore work on solutions to reduce emissions, remove carbon, and strengthen resilience; we focus on the role that logistics can play in facilitating the transition; and we use our capacities to support in particular low- and middle-income countries to seize the opportunities of their low-carbon and sustainable development.

For this purpose we are looking to recruit a (Junior) Research Analyst (Climate) (75-100%) in Hamburg DE or Schindellegi CH, hybrid or remote to support our project work and develop our in-house intelligence. The research will cover a broad range of climate related topics, including climate impacts, emission reductions, carbon removal, adaptation and resilience as well as transport and logistics, energy, circular economy, and international trade. Your insights will help inform decision-making at the management level; and contribute to our knowledge products and external communication.

Tasks:
  • Plan and perform desktop research in public sources and academic literature
  • Monitor strategic topics on different platforms
  • Write clear briefings and synthesis reports for various target groups/stakeholder
  • Develop recommendations for the work of the climate team
  • Conduct stakeholder mappings and sentiment analyses
  • Compile, analyze and visualize data with different tools
  • Support the development and operation of an in-house intelligence system
  • Contribute to external communication activities

Requirements:
  • Academic degree in natural or social sciences, economics, or any other relevant discipline,
  • At least two years of professional experience in a research- and knowledge driven environment,
  • Interest and understanding of climate change and/or development and/or or transport/logistics,
  • Passion for researching, analyzing and structuring data and information,
  • Ability to quickly comprehend information and to familiarize with new thematic areas,
  • Ability to develop and consistently apply methodologies for analyzing and managing information,
  • Analytical thinking and capacity to develop insights and knowledge from data,
  • Clear, structured, and concise writing skills,
  • Experienced in visualizing data (e.g., Excel) and eager to learn new tools (e.g., Looker Studio, Tableau, others),
  • Fluent in English (working language) plus at least one other language,
  • Interested in developing and managing systems to collect, store, and retrieve information,
  • Demonstrated commitment or experience of working with Low- and Middle-Income countries an advantage,
  • Experienced of working in international teams an advantage,
  • Availability for occasional international travel,
  • (if remote) Ability to work remotely effectively (within the European Union or Switzerland) and availability for occasional on-site meetings with the climate team.

This is an opportunity to work on the latest developments in science, industry, and society and support sustainable development in low and-middle income countries. We offer a high degree of creative freedom when setting up a new focus of work, high agility and speed of implementation as well as the provision of considerable resources for effective projects.
Please send your CV and letter of application (including salary expectations, earliest possible starting date and preferred place of work) to recruitment-climate@kuehne-foundation.org.
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