Student Project Assistant (m/f/d)

in the field of Sustainable Finance (20 hrs/ week) – Berlin
adelphi consult

adelphi is the leading independent think-and-do tank in Europe for climate, environment and development. We are some 280 strategists, thought leaders and practitioners working at the local and global levels to find solutions to the most urgent political, economic and social challenges of our time. As a policy consultancy, we support a just transition towards carbon neutrality and sustainable, liveable societies. Our work is grounded in transdisciplinary research, evidence-based consulting and stakeholder dialogues. With these tools we shape policy agendas, facilitate political communication, inform policy processes and support decision-makers.

Reconciling economic growth with climate protection and resource efficiency requires access to affordable and appropriate financing solutions. In many countries, however, markets and frameworks for green financial products and sustainable investments are underdeveloped. adelphi supports clients from politics, business and the financial sector in designing and implementing green financing instruments, both in Europe and in developing and emerging economies.



Job summary

The adelphi’s Sustainable Finance program is composed of a team of about 20 driven individuals with a diverse set of sustainable finance expertise. Together with our clients – development and commercial banks and other (international) financing institutions (FIs) – we work towards increased impact and scale of green finance.

We are passionate about supporting our clients in the financial sector to assess climate risks, identify the business potential of green finance products and develop strategies to manage risks and seize opportunities. With our cutting-edge co-creation and design thinking approaches, we support financial institutions globally to build capacities for green finance and establish management systems that take climate, environmental, social and governance risks into account. Our work is based on the understanding that FI’s expertise and experience can be best leveraged by actively engaging them in the solution development process, thus putting user-friendliness and user needs at centre stage.

As a project assistant, you will support our team on various projects in the field of sustainable finance and engage with the broad spectrum of our work. Among our clients are the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD), Proparco and DEG. Our main projects include the development and implementation of green financial instruments (e.g. PF4EE), the development of online tools for banks (e.g. Green Eligibility Checker), and the climate financing of development banks (e.g. IDFC Climate Facility).

Diversity is important to us. For a sustainable future, we need a diversity of experiences experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.


Your tasks

  • Research and analysis on a wide range of topics in the field of Sustainable Finance
  • Collaboration on the design and organisation of webinars, workshops, and conferences
  • Conception and creation of graphically appealing information material and presentations (e.g. for webinars, workshops, conferences)
  • Writing, editing and translating reports and texts (in English/German)
  • Participation in the preparation of proposals in the above-mentioned areas
  • Support on the development of online tools
  • Daily project management tasks

Your qualifications

  • Student in a master's degree programme in political science, engineering, economics, or another relevant subject
  • Major in at least one of the following topics: Finance, Sustainability, Environment, Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy (or similar) and have – preferably – at least one year of remaining study time
  • Interest in the subject area of sustainable finance; prior experience is an advantage
  • Strong organisational skills and sense of responsibility, ability to work accurately, independently and in a structured manner, and willingness to think across disciplines
  • Very good research and information processing skills
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English including the composition of well-structured and concise texts; other foreign languages (especially French and Spanish) are an advantage
  • Written and spoken German is an advantage, but not essential.
  • Advanced knowledge of the common Office programmes
  • More in-depth IT knowledge is an advantage, e.g. advanced understanding of MS Excel (formulas, Visual Basic, creation of complex tables), content management systems, HTML, LimeSurvey

We offer...

  • adelphi Impact:
    You advance social-ecological transformation with impactful projects.
  • adelphi Fit:
    Free or discounted membership in the Urban Sports Club with more than 50 sports throughout Germany and in five European countries.
  • adelphi Spirit:
    An international and interdisciplinary team with a lot of passionate commitment for a future worth living. Not only spinning ideas together at work, but also celebrating together at various adelphi events.
  • adelphi DNA:
    dynamic green new-work environment with flexible working hours for your personal work-life balance as well as IT equipment for your home office.
  • adelphi Care:
    Individual development through numerous internal and external trainings as well as our buddy program, mentoring and knowledge exchanges.
  • Student Project Assistant position starting from 1 September 2024.
  • 20 hours of work per week that can be flexibly arranged with the option to work from home, and if desired, can be increased to 40 hours per week during the semester break.
  • The opportunity to work with players in the financial sector, federal ministries, European clients, and national and international project partners
  • Exciting international projects in the field of sustainability consulting and the opportunity to get to know the daily work routine of a consulting institution
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