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Strategist, East Asia

Sunrise Project
Any major East Asian financial market
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Closing Date:
Monday, 23 October 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 Strategist, East Asia 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

With the climate crisis looming, energy markets are in a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Chinese investment and finance are playing an increasingly important role in shaping the global energy sector. They have huge potential for hastening the transition, especially in developing countries, to create a sustainable energy system.

The Sunrise Project supports efforts to convince Chinese financial institutions, companies, and regulators to shift their investments away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy in line with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

The strategist works as part of a team with the aim of strengthening networks of NGOs and other partners to collaboratively work towards unleashing the transformative potential of Chinese energy finance. The position will report to the Senior Strategist in our China Energy Program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement practical strategies to promote Chinese finance in the overseas renewable energy industry, under collaboration with networks of NGOs and other partners;

  • Analyze the developments in China’s energy and climate finance, interpret policies and data;

  • Provide research, advice, and other support to advocates around the world to engage with Chinese stakeholders, including companies, financial institutions, and policymakers, in unleashing greener energy investments;

  • Support and convene effective communication, coordination, and collaboration among experts and advocates in China and in recipient countries of Chinese renewable energy investment;

  • Support other programs’ strategies related to Chinese actors.


Skills & Qualifications:

  • At least five years of professional experience working in finance and/or energy;

  • Excellent collaboration and facilitation skills, including the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders;

  • Excellent analytical and research skills, subject expertise in Chinese development/energy finance a plus;

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively;

  • Excellent understanding of China’s political culture and geopolitics;

  • Fluency in both written and spoken Chinese and English;

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

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.

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 23rd October 2023 to

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