• LOCATION: London, UK
  • BASIS: 2 year FTC
  • SALARY: £30,000 - £35,000
  • CLOSING DATE: 6:00pm, 26th Sep 2021 BST

Job description

The policy team provides tools and insight to international standard setters, signatories and policy makers to advance progress towards a regulatory and investment environment consistent with the implementation of PRI’s Mission Statement and the Six Principles.

This includes developing positions on government policy and making public statements or submissions in PRI’s name. The work is conducted through evidence-based collaborative projects with PRI signatories and other stakeholders. More information on the PRI’s policy approach can be found on our website.

The successful candidate will join a global team of policy analysts and specialists to work on the project Legal Framework for Impact and support the policy team on stakeholder outreach. The Policy Associate will contribute to different policy workstreams focused on the UK, EU, Canada, Australia and Japan per the core responsibilities below, however they will be expected to support policy work in other markets as needed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Monitor and research key developments relevant to: sustainable finance policy across PRI core markets; institutional investors and sustainability impact; the role of capital markets in shaping positive real world sustainability outcomes
  • Support external outreach including the policy newsletter, the Global Policy Reference group, and events and meetings with key policy stakeholders
  • Contribute to cross team projects including on climate and social issues policy, investment practice, stewardship etc. and support cross-team coordination, including on events and joint research
  • Prepare and deliver content and communications (emails, policy briefings, webinars, blogs) to help PRI stakeholders understand and contribute to sustainable finance policy developments relevant to sustainability outcomes
  • Support the policy team internal communication, event planning, project management and project reporting

Core Competencies

In addition, the PRI expects all roles at an ‘Associate’ level within the organisation to demonstrate the following.

Analytical

  • Incorporates the fullest range of information available into analysis and decision making
  • Uses appropriate technical processes/systems to develop and evaluate options in an effective and time-efficient manner
  • Assimilates data to draws out relevant insights and findings from analyses
  • Identifies opportunities and risks to feed into decision making
  • Presents analyses in an appropriate format providing clear and concise recommendations

Business Awareness

  • Understands, and always works towards, the mission and the aims of the PRI
  • Is curious about what is happening in other parts of the PRI
  • Is Signatory centric – seeks to understand, listen and respond to Signatory needs
  • Understands own teams’ objectives and seeks to internalise them in own activities
  • Understands who does what at the PRI and uses the knowledge to complete activities

Collaborative

  • Approachable, credible and willing whenever engaging with colleagues
  • Actively and appropriately seeks input from others
  • Focuses on interacting with colleagues in a positive and open manner
  • Listens to what colleagues are saying, considers from different perspectives and tailor’s responses accordingly

Communicative

  • Writes succinctly and clearly tailoring level of detail to the requirements of the end user
  • Communicates clearly and precisely and able to convey thinking comprehensively
  • Provides regular, clear and concise communications to manager, colleagues or other relevant people to keep updated on activities
  • Structures and prepares well-written, logical outputs with limited guidance and editing

Developmental

  • Demonstrates self-awareness actively seeks feedback from others and acts upon it
  • Explores new ideas with an inquisitive mind
  • Questions the status quo and suggests new ideas
  • Seeks out opportunities to drive continuous improvements in ways of working
  • Open-minded attitude which welcomes change and new ideas

Structured

  • Prioritises and organises time effectively, focussing on the key organisational priorities
  • Develops ways of working and processes to execute and improve efficiency across the PRI
  • Methodically tackles problems, working with colleagues where necessary
  • Takes account of the needs of other colleagues and/or Signatories when considering how to execute a piece of work
  • Promotes and utilises effective project management skills

Technical Competencies & Experience

  • Good understanding of the PRI, investment practice, the structure and operation of the investment chain and issues relating to developments in sustainable finance
  • Previous professional experience of engaging with investors, policymakers, and key stakeholders
  • Previous experience in policy analysis, formulating policy positions and conducting research, preferably including projects relevant to responsible investment
  • Outstanding communications and analytical skills demonstrated through professional experience, with professional English writing standard and editing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to get on well as part of a team
  • A proactive attitude and collaborative approach to working with others, the ability to foster an inclusive working environment
  • Knowledge of or interest in sustainable development and climate change, and their implications for public policy, with a philosophical commitment to sustainable investment and the mission of the PRI
  • Education in economics, public policy, finance or international affairs is desirable
  • Must be eligible to work in the UK

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