Scope 3 Associate II, Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


This position will be based in Washington DC or remote within the US 

Program Overview:


The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the world’s leading authority and international standard setter on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting. Over 92% of Fortune 500 companies that report emissions data to CDP use the GHG Protocol to do so. Building on a 20-year partnership between World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organizations to develop greenhouse gas accounting standards, guidance, tools and training for companies, countries and cities to track progress towards their climate goals.

Job Summary:

As the Scope 3 Associate II, you will manage a process to develop additional Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidance on scope 3 accounting building on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 3 Standard and Scope 3 Calculation Guidance. The Associate II will coordinate the development of the standards updates through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process. The Associate II will work as part of a dynamic team and support the work of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol more generally as needs arise. The Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition) was published in 2004 and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard was published in 2011. Since these standards were published, there have been many important developments including the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), the trend toward net-zero targets, mandatory climate disclosure regulations, use of the standards by thousands of companies, and academic research on their use and impact. In light of these new initiatives, GHG Protocol is planning to determine the need for additional guidance, updates or revisions to the existing set of corporate GHG accounting and reporting standards for scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3. GHG Protocol plans to identify and address any gaps and align with best practice approaches to ensure GHG Protocol standards for scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 are effective in providing a rigorous and credible accounting foundation for business to measure, plan and track progress toward science-based and net-zero targets in line with the global 1.5°C goal.

Job Responsibilities:

• Manage multi-stakeholder process (involving representatives from businesses, civil society, academia and government) to update and/or develop additional guidance for the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 3 Standard (Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard) and Scope 3 Calculation Guidance (Technical Guidance for Calculating Scope 3 Emissions)
• Draft new Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidance on scope 3 accounting, building on the Scope 3 Standard and Scope 3 Calculation Guidance
• Conduct research and interviews with stakeholders on corporate GHG accounting and reporting, including scope 3 emissions, to identify topics for updates or new guidance and develop proposals for GHG Protocol guidance
• Engage and manage relationships with wide range of stakeholders from business, government, NGOs, and academia as part of global multi-stakeholder process
• Review guidance on scope 3 accounting developed by external organizations as part of “Built on GHG Protocol” review service
• Draft issue briefs, blogs, or other materials as needed as part of the guidance development process and for the GHG Protocol website
• Prepare and disseminate outreach materials, presentations and publications
• Coordinate closely with the Science Based Targets team to insure harmonization across initiatives
• Support other Greenhouse Gas Protocol projects and activities as needs arise

Job Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or related field
• Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant, full-time work experience
• Familiarity and knowledge of Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards, corporate GHG accounting and reporting, scope 3 accounting for different sectors, life cycle assessment (LCA), and related subjects is preferred
• Excellent analytical and research skills
• Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
• Experience working in multi-stakeholder processes is preferred
• Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
• Commitment to WRI’s mission

Potential Salary:
$79,000-$106,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must
apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.