Membership Associate, NDC Partnership

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

NDC Partnership Overview

Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible.

The Partnership aims to increase alignment, coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.

  1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.
  2. Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.
  3. Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources.

We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit is a staff of approximately 32 individuals, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

Job Summary

In this position, you will lead the Membership and Outreach team, which supports the governance functions of the Partnership, including processes for accepting new members, preparation of meetings of the NDC Partnership’s Steering Committee, and preparation of NDC Partnership Member Forums. The team is also responsible for institutional relationships with non-state actors and organizations that contribute to the work and mission of the Partnership. This relationship development also includes supporting the fundraising activities of the Support Unit.

Job Responsibilities

Managing relationship with NDC Partnership Members (30%)

  • Lead the onboarding of new members and processing of membership request
  • Coordinate with the Communications team on content for our regular communications with all members.
  • Oversee the implementation and correct use of the contact database to ensure coordination across the Support Unit

 NDC Partnership Governance (20%)

  • Coordinate the preparation of Steering Committee meeting documents in collaboration with other Support Unit members
  • Oversee the logistics of the meetings with support from the Project Coordinator and Events Associate
  • Support the Communications team on the organizations of Forums and High-Level events.
  • Support the Global Director on communications with Co-Chairs and Steering Committee members.

 Strengthen engagement with Members (30%)

  • Identify and map areas or work, interests, countries/regions of operation of institutional, developed country and associate members.
  • Identify and map areas or work, interests, countries/regions of operation and opportunities for collaboration of relevant non-members.

 Donor relationship (20%)

  • Support in the development of NDC Partnership Support Unit grant proposals and grant reports
  • Support the Global Director in the organization and lead of donor meetings

Job Qualifications

  • Three+ years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team.
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners.
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills.
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application. 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 six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

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 now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

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.  

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.