Planet Tracker is a financial think-tank, pooling the expertise of seasoned financial market professionals with environmental, industry and scientific experts. https://planet-tracker.org/
Planet Tracker is a non-profit financial think tank aligning capital markets with planetary limits. It was created to investigate the risk of market failure related to ecological limits. This investigation is primarily for the investor community where ecological limits, other than climate change, are often not aligned with investor capital. Planet Tracker generates breakthrough analytics to redefine how financial and environmental data interact with the aim of changing the practices of financial decision makers to help avoid both environmental and financial failure.
Planet Tracker is seeking an economist who will be tasked with undertaking macro-economic scenario analysis and modelling across our programmes but with a particular focus on Food & Land Use initially, seeking to identify material financial market exposures to planetary boundary related risks and opportunities. These exposures are assessed across institutional investors, listed corporates and a wide range of financial services groups, as well as at a country level to inform our work with sovereign bond investors and policy makers. The research will combine macro-economic analysis of countries and food systems with natural capital analysis and the impact of climate and nature-related issues.
The analysis will be delivered in the form of reports and possibly interactive dashboards explaining the outputs from scenario analysis and other macro-economic modelling as well as the models themselves. The scenarios will look to quantitatively examine the environmental and social impact of the companies concerned as well as the impact of policy and regulation changes at a country level and link these impacts to the investors and lenders who provide funding to the companies and countries involved. This will then be developed to show potential risks and opportunities that may arise through the food transition.
The candidate will be responsible for in-depth data gathering, literature reviews and research production. This will include synthesis of findings and writing of reports for external delivery to the finance community as well as a variety of audiences (e.g. media, civil society, regulators). In addition there will be engagement responsibilities including speaking in webinars, at launches, on panels and having meetings with Financial Institutions, civil society partners, funders and the media.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:
To scope, conceptualise, and support the delivery of an investment/finance-oriented research programme including, but not limited to, in-depth data analysis on the food system including related countries and companies; financial securities (equity, debt, commodities); and market-based regulation
Build new and/or modify existing public econometric models to test theses, examine statistical relationships, and produce scenarios of future outcomes
Articulate the critical material environmental risks posed to these positions
Evaluate capital market investment flows from investors to corporate stakeholders where necessary via conduits such as banks, project finance, insurance or other intermediaries
Synthesise the findings from Planet Tracker research into ground-breaking analysis and narrative, and ensure production of regular, high-quality briefing papers and major Tracker Reports for the financial, corporate and academic communities
Minimise environmental impact in the performance of the role
A candidate for this position must have the following skills and attributes:
Demonstrable experience of delivering economic modelling and analysis including forecasting economic variables under different scenarios
Strong data analysis skills demonstrated through advanced level modelling
Strong knowledge of Excel required and familiarity with other statistical/modelling software is desirable but may not be essential
Experience of delivering thematic research is required, ideally (not essential) in an area relevant to Planet Tracker's current programmes
Understanding of investment analysis and financial reporting
Strong writing skills with the ability to produce analytical papers in a timely fashion
Excellent communication skills
Demonstrable commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and bettering our world
A team player who works collaboratively with people for a collective goal
Enthusiasm for working in an international environment and desire to inspire people from different backgrounds and cultures to work well together
If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please send a CV to Andrew Mullins via email@example.com.