Senior Economist

Senior Economist


The Senior Economist is responsible for conducting rigorous technical analyses, collaborating with colleagues on projects, project management, strategy development, contributing to our capacity building program, fundraising, and conveying the results of our analyses in clear, concise, and compelling ways. S/he does this through technical and practical understanding of the interface between conservation and development, the ability to drive policy change, and by working well in a team.

S/he will engage with our partners, stakeholders, clients, alumni, and funders to develop program ideas and seek opportunities to use economics to solve our greatest environmental problems. The person will draft concept notes and proposals for submission to funders and donor clients, and be expected to work collaboratively with his/her supervisor, the CFO, and others on the development of these proposals.

The position does not have a geographic focus, and could include work from anywhere in the world. However, the person can expect to be conducting analysis in our core geographies, including the United States, Amazon Andes, Southern and Eastern Africa, and Indonesia. The person can expect to work on projects involving valuation of ecosystem services, cost-benefit analysis, and geo-spatial analysis, just to name a few.

This position requires a detail-oriented and organized thinker with exceptionally good written and verbal communication skills, who can juggle multiple, competing priorities. The ideal candidate will have broad experience with applied economic analysis targeted to address environmental challenges related to deforestation, financial sustainability of protected areas, overfishing, and climate change. The position provides an opportunity for a flexible work environment and an active voice in the vision of a focused, dedicated, and fun organization.  

  • Frame the problem/Identify the solution: Work with our partners on developing the right analysis and results that will resonate with decision makers, applying a policy lens.
  • Analysis: Conduct rigorous and objective analysis using primary or secondary data sources that result in a policy brief and/or a discussion paper, a technical paper, or a journal article.
  • Communication: Ensure rigorous and compelling written presentation of research carried out across the institution, including in peer-reviewed journals and CSF white papers. Represent the organization and present results in a variety of meetings and events, including to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Management: Motivate, inspire and manage a small team of senior economists working on projects around the world.
  • Project management: Manage and lead projects and ensure on time and on budget delivery of analyses and/or capacity building activities.
  • Scale our reach: Plan and execute the expansion and delivery of common types of analysis by standardizing tools and processes to the extent possible without sacrificing quality.
  • Teamwork: Supervised by the Executive Director, you will work with other CSF economists and consultants on multiple projects at once, and be expected to work collaboratively and dutifully.
  • Fundraising and external relationships: Represent CSF at external meetings, serve as lead point of contact for relevant partners and funders, provide technical input to proposals, and work closely with the Executive Director on business development, including presentations to potential funders and clients.
  • Track impact: Monitor and help evaluate performance of CSF’s analyses and derive lessons for ongoing improvement in institutional approach.
  • Teaching: Participate as a dynamic and engaging instructor in our training programs.

Position Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in environmental, ecological or natural resource economics or related field (MS or PhD).
  • Demonstrated passion and experience in the field of natural resources, environment, or sustainable development.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Experience with applying analytical capabilities, economic modeling and business model development, and expertise in valuation, cost-benefits analysis, and input-output modeling and spatial modeling.
  • Experience with leading complex projects or strategic initiatives in an unstructured and dynamic environment, with a strong ability to work independently.
  • Experience researching, critically analyzing, and evaluating information from divergent sources and compiling it into cohesive reports and recommendations for strategy and action.
  • 5+ years of experience applying economics to environment and development issues, including working directly with policy makers, the private sector, academia, NGOs, and other stakeholders.
  • Passion and commitment to nature conservation and sustainable development.
  • Broad international and intercultural work experience.
  • Successful track record of writing technical proposals.
  • Engaging and effective public speaker to academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and taking on new analytical problems.
  • Skills and experience navigating relationships and negotiations with partners and clients to define and target research to drive policy and behavior change.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities.
  • Ability to travel internationally, up to 25% of the time.
  • Ability to fluently speak and write in English.
  • Preferred location: Open to remote locations within 3 time zones of US Eastern Time (GMT -4). 

To Apply
Please send CV, cover letter, link to Linkedin profile, and salary expectations to [email protected] Those who are accepted to the next round will be notified. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will take job posting down once the position has been filled.