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Monetary Policy Strategist

Sunrise Project
Remotely in Japan
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Closing Date:
Monday, 20 November 2023

About the Organisation

Driven by a passion for solving the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With programs and staff in Australia, and affiliated programs and staff in Europe and the US, we have developed a unique model of grant-making and campaigning that supports networks of organizations to drive powerful change toward our mission. We have a dynamic and nimble organizational culture. We’re serious about supporting our people to thrive as we tackle the urgent climate challenge.

The Monetary Policy Strategist will be part of the Climate Finance Fellowship, a pilot initiative providing pathways for finance professionals to transition to climate finance careers with the goal of accelerating organizations leading the energy transition financing movement in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition to your position at The Sunrise Project, as a Fellow you will benefit from climate change, energy finance, and leadership development training, as well as building your global network of likeminded professionals. Some international travel may also be required. IREX, a global non-profit that has supported more than 50,000 Fellows over 50 years, will implement the fellowship and provide ongoing support to you and your host organization.

About the Job

This is a new role to support the Financial Regulation program’s expansion in Asia with a specific focus on monetary policy. This position will also share advice, expertise and contacts with the Sunrise Project's Japanese insurance program and if needed other programs, at 20% of their time.

A big part of the job is to map and steer the strategy to ensure G20 central banks reconfigure their monetary policies to accelerate clean solutions in line with 1.5 degrees.

You’ll establish what policy programs currently exist from central banks, map the opportunities, policy processes and leverage points to push for clean solutions via monetary policies. You’ll layer a political analysis of the roles of central banks in Asia as they relate to governments. You will also develop policy proposals and spaces to share best practice to accelerate clean solutions. You’ll write strategies to help us meet our goals and help us develop plans to increase capacity in Asia. You’ll be engaging closely with a wide variety of people from think tanks, regulators, governments, academics, philanthropists, business and NGO leaders and our close knit staff team.

Key Responsibilities

  • You’ll need to be able to map policy processes, gaps, opportunities and leverage points in order for us to be able to prioritise and create the strategy for us to meet our goals.

  • You’ll need to contribute a political analysis to be able to help us create context specific strategies in Asia, and specifically in Japan

  • You’ll create spaces with policy makers and relevant stakeholders to help scale and speed up the clean transition

  • You will need to write policy and strategy proposals

  • You will need to bring networks together, facilitate outcomes and work with a wide range of actors to implement strategies

  • You will need to map potential grantees and work with the team to deliver grants to create more capacity

  • You will need to provide advisory support to the Insurance campaign, based on your relevant expertise

  • Aligns own work and OKR’s with Sunrise’s mission and values.


You’ll need to be a problem-solver, have transferable expertise, be able to prioritise, be curious and ambitious to support the delivery of our goals, be able to develop relationships with a wide range of actors, you’ll need to be strategic and be able to undertake research as well as being comfortable with complexity and working with a high level of autonomy.

  • Experience in a similar or related field including unpaid, or lived experience;

  • It is essential to speak and write both Japanese and English;

  • A passion for action on climate change and a commitment to social justice;

  • Have an experience of how financial regulation works/moves in Japan, and be able to demonstrate this throughout your career experience

  • Experience in a financial institution, think tank, policymaker, government department or regulator that has a specific orientation around financial regulation

Job Requirements

  • You must have full working rights, the Sunrise Project is unable to sponsor applicants for employment visas.

  • Employment background checks may be/are required.

  • Attend local in-person partner activities.

  • Intermittent travel with advanced notice may be required.

  • List any qualifications. licences, certifications (e.g. practising lawyer, certified Accountant, etc).

To apply

Must be legally eligible to work full time in your country of residence.

We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams, and movements. We take the broadest possible view of diversity and encourage First Nations people, people of color, people living outside of cities, people living with disabilities, neurodiverse, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone.

In order to apply, email your application by Monday 20th November 2023 to

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