OneWorld Sustainable Investments (OneWorld), established in 2001 with offices in Cape Town and Brussels, is a sustainable development organisation focused on building social, economic, and institutional resilience in the context of climate and resource constraints. Working both globally and across Africa, OneWorld translates the scientific evidence of climate change and its development impacts into realistic policy and institutional arrangements. OneWorld provides effective policy and strategy analysis, institutional development, and capacity building to decision and policy makers. We develop innovative finance solutions for complex multi-stakeholder situations. OneWorld has cultivated strong relationships across the public and private sectors. We work extensively with national and local governments, international and multilateral agencies, development banks, regional economic communities, river basin organisations, and the private sector. Stakeholder engagement is a cornerstone of our approach. Central to our successful delivery is an extensive network of partners and experts.

OneWorld’s core competency lies in applying a political economy approach, systems thinking, integrated solutions, participatory analysis, and co-benefit assessments across our four key programmes:

Climate Resilience: Building and applying evidence of climate impacts for development, people, cities and economies to inform inclusive policy strategies and financing solutions.

Resilient Resources: Advancing governance and sustainable financing for water, land-use, and biodiversity resource development across administrative and political boundaries.

Just Transitions: Envisioning just transformational pathways and mobilising green economies to deliver low carbon societies where all benefit from the gains.

Sustainable Finance: Developing solutions for sustainable climate finance, natural resources, and green economies.

Job Overview

The Consultant will work with the project team to scope and develop content across OneWorld’s programmes of work. The consultant will primarily generate evidence-based content on a variety of projects, as well as reviewing and coordinating others’ inputs. They will also co-ordinate projects, conduct research, engage with stakeholders and assist in proposal (bid) development.

Primary Responsibilities

The consultant will work with and within multi-disciplinary teams, and with researchers, project managers/ programmes, sub-consultants and project coordinators, junior technical assistants and interns.

The consultant will be required to:

  • Scope, co-ordinate, manage and execute projects
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research (including in-depth stakeholder engagement), analyse findings and provide policy recommendations
  • Provide policy and institutional analysis and review across a range of themes
  • Write, review and contribute to reports through the project cycle, including collation and integration of all work from various contributors
  • Interface with and manage contributions from sub-consultants working on the project
  • Undertake Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities per project
  • Regularly facilitate or co-facilitate project workshops
  • Map and analyse stakeholders, and lead/manage stakeholder engagement and participatory analysis processes
  • Contribute to OneWorld’s business development processes including client and partner relationships, proposal development and project finance/budget planning
  • Present at meetings, conferences, and publish research outputs


The following minimum qualifications and skills set requirements apply:

  • A Masters qualification in Climate Change/Development Studies/Economic Development, Environmental Science, Sustainable Development or a related discipline
  • At least 5 years work experience, 3 of these (minimum) as part of a consultancy (or consultancies), engaged in climate change and sustainable development
  • Proven track record in sustainability AND in some of the following areas: climate change and resilience, climate/sustainable finance, renewable energy, nature-based solutions, water resource security and management, institutional development, and policy and governance
  • Proven experience in delivery of projects
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills with ability to relay technical concepts and research in an easily understandable and relevant manner

Key behavioural requirements include:

The candidate should have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as proven interpersonal/relationship building skills. The candidate should be a team player with ability to co-ordinate and work within complex, multi-disciplinary teams. The candidate should also be well organised with the ability to effectively plan and prioritise tasks to achieve project deadlines. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for this role.

Key information:

Location: This position is office based in Cape Town.

Remuneration: This position will be market-based and calculated on a cost-to-company basis.

Application: All applications must be made via the link below. You will be redirected to the GorillaTest platform and asked to supply your email. A link to the Application Assessment will then be emailed to you.

The assessment will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and will require you to fill out information related to your experience and competencies and upload your CV. It will test your time management, comprehension, and analytical skills. Extra time to complete the assessment sections can be requested.

PLEASE NOTE: Email applications and incomplete online assessments will NOT be considered.

Research Analyst / Project Coordinator