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Climate Standards Manager 

Job Description

Location:                  London Bridge

Salary:                     Competitive

Position:                  Full time 

Posting date:         27 July 2018

Closing date:          24 August 2018     


About the Climate Bonds Initiative

The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) is an investor-focused NGO with a global presence working to mobilise the $100 trillion global bond market for climate change solutions. Our main work streams are data and market analysis, standards and certification and policy analysis.

We are seeking an experienced Standards Manager to contribute to on-going development of science-based green definitions and green Criteria across all sectors of a green economy. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Use your knowledge of climate science and green economy to support the development of green definitions in specified sectors, which involves:
  1. Chairing Technical Working Group (TWG) and Industry Working Group (IWG) meetings through which green definitions and Criteria will be determined.
  2. Working with research staff to develop technical documents to facilitate and advance Criteria development and communication, and communications materials to engage the finance community to use these Criteria.
  3. Managing relationships with external scientific and research partners to engage them in this process and raise understanding of climate-compatible investments.
  4. Working with bond issuers to develop case studies to test draft green definitions.  
  • Work closely with the Head of Standards to shape the future development of the green definitions programme.
  • Develop and support junior Standards Team members.
  • Support the Certifications team by participating in discussions with bond issuers and verifiers to understand the nature of the assets they wish to be certified, and how the green definitions apply to those assets.
  • Present the Climate Bonds Standard at industry and financial sector events to raise awareness of green definitions and the latest climate science, and, in particular, how these can feed into investment decision making

Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum Masters’ degree in environmental science or climate science
  • Proven seasoned professional with several years’ work experience  
  • Proven success in international project delivery within climate resilient infrastructure and green economy 
  • Deep technical knowledge of climate science and latest solutions for a low carbon, climate resilient economy across a variety of sectors 
  • Experience of conducting research, producing reports and contributing to specialist publications 
  • Experience of developing and managing professional relationships and expert networks 
  • Ability to produce engaging thought leadership pieces for different audiences
  • Team management and budget management skills
  • Presentation skills 
  • Excellent command of English
  • Fluency in another language will be an advantage
  • Knowledge of financial markets, especially fixed income instruments, will be an advantage

Next Steps 

Applications or inquiries to

Candidates invited for an interview will be required to undertake a writing test.


Climate Bonds Initiative – Role Vacancy

Role:                      Internship/Fellowship, Climate Bonds Standard & Certifications Scheme                      

Location:                      Central London (London Bridge office)

Salary:                          Transport and food for first month, followed by London Living Wage thereafter

Position:                       Full Time OR Fixed Term Contract (3 months minimum) 

Closing date:               Rolling basis


About the Climate Bonds Initiative


The Climate Bonds Initiative is an investor-focused not-for-profit organization whose goal is to promote large-scale investments through green bonds and other debt instruments to accelerate a global transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.


Activating the mainstream debt capital markets to finance and refinance climate-aligned projects and assets is critical to achieving international climate goals, and robust labelling of green bonds is a key requirement for that mainstream participation. Trust in the green label and transparency to the underlying assets are essential for this market to reach scale but investor capacity to assess green credentials is limited. Therefore, the Climate Bonds Initiative created the Climate Bonds Standard & Certification Scheme, which aims to provide the green bond market with the trust and assurance that it needs to achieve scale. To date, US$ 43.5bn worth of issuances have been successfully certified against the Climate Bonds Standard and issued in the market. 


The Standard encompasses general requirements for all certified assets under issuance, plus specific Sector Criteria. Sector Criteria establish specific benchmarks that assets and projects in different sectors need to meet to be compliant with a 2°C decarbonisation scenario, deliver a climate resilient economy, and thus be eligible for certification. 


The Standard and associated Sector Criteria are developed through an international consultative process in which a wide range of investors, issuers, corporates and technical experts from academia, international institutions and NGOs participate through the formation of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and Industry Working Groups (IWGs). This process is supervised and approved by the Climate Bonds Standards Board, which reports to the Climate Bonds Initiative’s Advisory Board, and whose members represent US$34 trillion of assets under management.[1]


Sector Criteria have already been published for Wind, Solar, Geothermal Energy, Low Carbon Buildings, Low Carbon Transport, Marine Renewable Energy, and Water. Criteria for further sectors are under development: Hydropower, Electrical Grids, Forestry, Bioenergy, Fisheries & Aquaculture and Waste Management. 


The Role

We are seeking an intern to join our Standards Team to support the development of definitions and Criteria across sectors of a green economy, including a focus on green buildings, industrial efficiency, materials and mining, shipping, aviation, adaptation and resilience, and agriculture. Expertise in any one of the areas is desirable but not essential. The role requires more general technical aptitude and analytical capability as well as familiarity with climate change issues and low carbon pathways. 

Reporting to the Standards Manager our ideal candidate is someone who is keenly interested in the technologies, infrastructure and processes that will rapidly transition the global economy onto a 2C warming trajectory and has been following developments across various sectors. They are a proficient researcher and report writer but also enjoy distilling detailed technical information into easily digestible material for the layman. They must enjoy working with both internal and external colleagues to push forwards various agendas simultaneously under ambitious time constraints. 

We are seeking a self-starting, hands-on, motivated individual with initiative and ideally previous experience in a rapidly growing and evolving organisation. 


Responsibilities & key functions 

  • Support team members in driving the development of green definitions in a few specified sectors. This includes:
    • Identifying and collaborating with external experts to engage their participation in the green definitions process.
    • Producing slides and meeting minutes for consultative meetings with groups of experts and helping to facilitate calls.
    • Supporting the development of papers summarising the state of the science on climate impacts and mitigation opportunities, and options for potential assessment criteria for determining whether assets are climate-compatible.
    • Creating associated FAQs, guidance documents, templates and forms for the resulting green definitions.
    • Working with bond issuers to develop case studies to test draft green definitions. 
  • Support the Certifications Team by participating in discussions with bond issuers and verifiers to understand the nature of the assets they wish to be certified, and how the green definitions apply to those assets.
  • Support other research and projects in the Standards Team. This includes: 
    • Supporting the drafting of the quarterly Standards Newsletter
    • Supporting the writing of think pieces and white papers
    • Participation in webinars and industry events to discuss green definitions and the latest climate science, and how these can feed into investment decision making.

Qualifications and Experience




  • Minimum three-month commitment 
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • At least one year of work experience in a similar role
  • Knowledge of climate change and climate change solutions across a variety of sectors
  • Comfort with energy and emission statistics
  • Ability and willingness to work both with quantitative as well as qualitative methods and to explore new approaches and methods
  • Knowledge of the financial sector including elementary understanding of green finance
  • Proven ability to manage, coordinate and prioritise across multiple projects and timeframes 
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, organised and a self-starter
  • Excellent team working skills and ability to interact with a diverse array of people.
  • Excellent English writing and oral skills 
  • High aptitude and attention to detail




  • Knowledge of bond markets 
  • Knowledge of one of the following specific sectors: green buildings, industrial efficiency, adaptation and resilience, and/or agriculture
  • Masters’ degree in geography, climate change, environmental science or a related discipline
  • Other languages


Next steps


Send your CV and cover letter as a PDF file to, quoting reference ‘Standards Internship’ in subject line.


[1]Standards Board members are: the California State Teachers Retirement Service (CalSTRS); California State Treasurer John Chiang; Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF); Investor Group on Climate Change; Investor Network on Climate Risk; and the Natural Resources Defence Council.