• Job Position: Project Research Assistant – Climate and Cultural Value (Brazilian Portuguese and English)
  • Field: Public Policy, Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, International Relations
  • Organisation: People’s Palace Projects do Brasil
  • Salary: R$ 3.000 per month, paid via nota fiscal (e.g. to the applicant’s MEI). This vacancy is for Legal Entities, and if you are not an MEI, we can help you to register.
  • Type: Part-time (approximately 3 days a week = 24 hours per week)
  • Period: 8 months, fixed-term contract
  • Location: Brazil (working remotely, home office)
  • Reporting to: Cultural Value Project Manager
  • Deadline for applications: 11:00pm (Brasil) Thursday 17 February 2022. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Interviews will be held on: week commencing 21 February 2022 (remotely)
  • Starting date: This is a new post and is offered for a start date as soon as possible in March 2021.   

Position Summary

People’s Palace Projects do Brasil is looking for a part-time climate action specialist to support the team in conducting research and delivering a range of projects that focus on the intersection between climate and the arts, cultural value and creative economy.  Over a period of 8 months (3 days/24 hours per week), the Project Research Assistant – Climate and Cultural Value will support the team with climate related activities and development of climate action initiatives.

We are seeking a professional from the fields of Public Policy, Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, International Relations (or an individual with transferrable skills in related areas) with experience in working with climate change research and practice. The selected candidate will work closely with community-based cultural partners, and focus on climate change and climate action activities. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in both English and Portuguese (written and spoken).

About the Research/Projects

People’s Palace Projects do Brasil is an arts research organisation for social justice, delivering a range of mid to large scale Brazilian and international projects in the field of Arts and Social Change. It is based in Rio de Janeiro.

PPPdoBrasil works closely with its sister organisation, People’s Palace Projects (UK) an arts and research centre based in the Drama department of Queen Mary, University of London, and a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.  Together they undertake projects with academics, artists and activists to advance understanding about the social outcomes of performance, theatre and related artforms. PPP’s diverse portfolio of arts and research projects has been enabled by developing partnerships with over 100 arts and cultural organisations working in contexts of risk, violence and crisis. Since 2014, PPP has produced over 20 collaborative projects with arts organisations and Higher Education Institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, India, Pakistan, Peru and across all nations within the UK.  These have been funded by the AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NIHR, British Academy and British Council.  

About the Cultural Value Research Area

How do we count the value of culture? Poets and philosophers can tell us in words, but are there other ways of measuring how much the arts are worth? What happens if we try to express that value in numbers? Over the last two decades, the worth of the arts has been counted in terms of its monetary contribution to GDP. But what are the other measures we can use to express the value of the arts?  Since 2016, Paul Heritage and cultural economist Leandro Valiati have developed a research enquiry that examines how arts organisations in the UK and Brazil can produce coherent, consistent and comparable data about the value of what they do in relation to the territories where they operate and are based. Our current work brings into focus the role of culture in climate change mitigation and risk prevention. 

Job duties will include, but not be limited to

  • Assisting the team in developing strategies to work climate related subjects.
  • Assessing and consulting with cultural partner organisations on the development of climate responsibility and environmental impact mitigation initiatives.
  • Developing the climate-impact axis of the arts educational programme.
  • Reviewing literature pertinent to the development of projects’ activities.
  • Supporting the development of research activities: preparing research instruments and fieldwork, collecting, reviewing, editing and analysing data. This can include – but not be limited to – scheduling, conducting and transcribing interviews; supporting focus groups; creating, structuring and disseminating online surveys; documenting arts-based workshops.
  • Collecting, summarizing and presenting research evidence and key research findings.
  • Determining and refining research/delivering strategy in collaboration with the Cultural Value Project Manager.
  • Collaborating in the writing of research, technical reports and policy briefings.
  • Working with the Cultural Value Project Manager on day-to-day activities.
  • Participating in working-group, project and team meetings (online).
  • Preparing material for project events and workshops.

Qualifications and Experience:



  • A demonstrable understanding of the climate change field, including climate activism, recognized good practice/frameworks for climate action and measures of effectiveness, risk prevention and legislation on climate in Brazil and internationally. 
  • A good understanding of socio-economic dynamics in Brazil and the UK. 
  • A demonstrable awareness of effective educational strategies to apply to climate related subjects for children and young adults. 
  • Fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Brazilian Portuguese and English. 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A flexible schedule is required 
  • Ability to work effectively with remote team members. 
  • Excellent organisational skills, high attention to detail and timeline adherence. 
  • Ability to follow protocols.
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 


  • Graduate, Post-graduate and/or relevant professional qualification and/or substantial professional experience in Public Policy, Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, International Relations
  • Previous experience in working with climate related organisations/initiatives
  • Understanding of policy framework for climate action in Brazil and the UK. 

How to apply:

  • Candidates must apply though the following link:
  • A short CV (in pdf or word document) is required as an obligatory attachment to the application and must be uploaded in the same link. 
  • Deadline for applications is 11:00pm (Brasil) Thursday 17 February 2022. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.


  • We regret that we will only be able to provide feedback for unsuccessful candidates if you were shortlisted for interview.
  • You can find out more about People’s Palace Projects on our website: 
  • People’s Palace Projects do Brasil is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from groups whose representation we wish to increase at PPP, including candidates who identify as people of colour, Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, Indigenous people, as well as candidates with visible or hidden disabilities. We wish to do this because we know greater diversity will make our work better, and it is the right thing to do.