Systems Change Research Associate- Bezos Earth Fund

· Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

To inform its strategy and investment decisions, the Bezos Earth Fund is committed to using the best available information on the challenges the world faces; the transformations required to address them; and the effectiveness of interventions in overcoming barriers and driving systemic change. The Fund is interested in not only assessing how its support is having impact but also the ways in which transformative change can be created and maintained to address the Fund’s strategic priorities.


Key Responsibilities: 

The Bezos Earth Fund is seeking a Research Associate to conduct research and analysis, using the best data and evidence, to inform the Fund’s strategic direction and support the effective allocation of resources to address climate, nature and social justice.  The position requires an adept researcher, who is able to identify and analyze trends and evidence to help the Fund develop and refine its strategies for maximum impact. We seek someone with broad interdisciplinary knowledge and exposure to multiple aspects relevant to the climate and nature agendas. The position will report to the Chief of Science, Data and Systems Change. The Research Associate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide timely data and analysis to support effective deployment of funding in line with the Fund’s goals, values and strategic priorities. In so doing, conduct research and analysis on the challenges at hand, the state of play regarding promising solutions, and evidence about the ingredients of transformational change.
  • Contribute to strategy development and the creation of flagship knowledge products for the Fund.
  • Help align the Fund’s work with the best evidence from research and practice and develop evidence-based, well-vetted theories of change.
  • Support adaptive management to address changing conditions.
  • Help identify knowledge gaps where further research, data and innovation can produce changes in society consistent with the Fund’s mission.
  • Stay well informed on the latest knowledge, analysis, and research related to the Fund’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree required in environmental science or policy with knowledge of climate issues, ideally an interdisciplinary background
  • At least 3 years of full-time work experience in energy, environmental, climate or related fields


Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong analytical and research skills and proven ability to deliver high-quality work
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Great attention to details and ability to manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical competency and quantitative skills
  • Exceptional written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Project planning and management skills
  • Demonstrated passion for the Bezos Earth Fund’s mission
  • Self-starter with ability to juggle multiple assignments at one time
  • Friendly, positive demeanor and determined attitude
  • Ability to collaborate with teams
  • Capable of working with minimal direction and supervision


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • May require extended hours for urgent issues or to meet established deadlines.
  • The preferred location for this position is Washington, D.C.
  • May undertake limited domestic and/or international travel (less than 10% time)


To Apply:

This position offers a competitive salary and includes a benefits package. The Bezos Earth Fund is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination. The Earth Fund recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work. We actively welcome all qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, disability, military/veteran status, compensation history or any other basis prohibited by law. Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter as soon as possible.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level