Senior Researcher: Resource Economist/Just Transition Expert

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  • Qualifications Master’s Degree
  • Industry Research, science & technology
  • Centre Pretoria
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Job Description

Key responsibilities: • Lead the Research Group on projects and initiatives that require assessments of resource economics; • Lead the business case development, preparation and completion of proposals/deliverables for the public and corporate sector on economy wide-climate finance, just transition and modelling of costs of climate change solutions; • Contribute to CSIR’s thought leadership on climate change, energy, climate finance, Just Transition and resource economics modelling; • Lead the Research Group in collaborative efforts, including proposal writing, in pursuance of contract R&D in the fields of Just Transition, Energy and climate finance; • Collaborate with CSIR’s Business Development and Commercialisation (BD&C) to position the Research Group, the Impact Area and the CSIR to be an effective role player on linkages between climate finance, energy and Just Transition; • Mentor and formally supervise the post-graduate research of candidate-researchers and researchers within the research group. Qualifications, skills, and experience • A Master’s degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, physics or a closely related field with at least five years’ experience with a track record of deploying macroeconomic computable general equilibrium (CGE) models to shape policies or strategies in government, consultancy, academia, industry or a financial institution; • A Doctoral degree would be an added advantage; • Excellent knowledge of coding and modelling in GAMS; knowledge of MPSGE is an advantage; • Experience with the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) database • Sound understanding of microeconomic theory; • Familiarity with a wide range of climate-related modelling including but not limited to macroeconomic and energy-system models; • Strong knowledge of and interest in climate policies particularly carbon pricing; • Strong knowledge of and interest in high- and low-carbon technologies; • Ability to present technical details to a non-technical audience in an intuitive way; • Understanding of the energy issues / trends in SA will be a plus. • Effective organizational as well as written and verbal communication skills; • A recent and extensive publication record in the fields of southern African climate variability, climate change, mitigation, and adaptation; • Demonstrable experience and success in attracting R&D funding and the successful management of research projects; • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with others in a research group; • Must have a valid driver’s licence. The following requirements are crucial for this position: • Knowledge of environmental sustainability opportunities and challenges in national and multinational companies; • Sound knowledge of macroeconomic computable general equilibrium (CGE) models to shape policies or strategies in government, consultancy, academia, industry or a financial institution. • Ability to conduct research tasks, collect, analyse, and summarise data; combined with ability to manage projects in a multi-stakeholder and multi-geographies context; • Good writing skills, with the ability to create high-quality written documents (e.g., proposals and deliverables) combined with excellent oral communication skills in English; • Ability to collaborate with key international, national, and sub-national actors in the implementation of climate mitigation initiatives and supporting innovation in emerging climate change mitigation pathways; • Ability to lead the preparation and completion of proposals and deliverables for corporate and public sector clients on climate change policies and climate change adaptation and mitigation; • Ability to liaise with other teams within and outside the CSIR to gather information and insights related to climate policy and climate change mitigation.

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