Senior Knowledge and Outreach Specialist

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

The Climate Action Enhancement Package (abbreviated CAEP, pronounced “cap”) is a new offering of the NDC Partnership designed to deliver targeted, fast-track support to countries to enhance the quality, increase the ambition, and implement nationally determined contributions (or NDCs).

The CAEP is designed to catalyze transformational change towards resilient, sustainable, and low-emission development, supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement for member countries of the NDC Partnership.

The CAEP assists developing countries in achieving two overarching objectives:

  1. Enhance NDCs, including by raising ambition, as part of the Paris Agreement’s NDC update process;
  2. Fast-track implementation of NDCs, including by providing in-country technical expertise and capacity building.

The CAEP will allow beneficiary countries to submit updated NDCs to the UNFCCC by 2020 as well as accelerate NDC implementation.

CAEP will deliver support to countries through existing support programs from its institutional and associate members and through a dedicated Technical Assistance Fund that will deploy financing in cases where existing support is not enough to meet needs identified by countries. The Technical Assistance Fund is a pooled funding mechanism with contributions from multiple development partners which will allocate resources to institutional and associate members of the Partnership to respond to NDC updating and implementation requests.

Job Summary

As a Senior Knowledge and Outreach Specialist, you will help to turn learning and lessons on NDC enhancement captured through CAEP into global shareable insights. In addition, you will work with the Communications team of the Support Unit to assist in the communications and outreach related work of CAEP. You will be an integral part of Support Unit’s Knowledge and Learning team and CAEP team. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Extracting, storing, managing, and communicating lessons learned across various stages of CAEP implementation. This will include capturing lessons learned from countries to incorporate within the SU’s knowledge management system; identifying trends and challenges; producing accessible synthesis reports that highlight key learning
  • Engaging with and building relationships with implementing partners and country focal points for sharing experiences and documenting them
  • Support the review and assessment of proposals to CAEP, under the supervision of the CAEP Team Leader
  • Supporting the preparation and dissemination of regular and ad hoc reporting on CAEP performance, to ensure funders have access to accurate and relevant information
  • Track country’s NDC updates and map enhancement efforts in countries receiving CAEP support
  • Supporting preparation of global and regional insights on NDC updating and implementation
  • Contributing to quality assurance of content created by others working on CAEP within the Support Unit, throughout the process from content creation to publication
  • Identifying and shaping content for the SU’s communications team to produce communications products for target audiences on CAEP related matters
  • Identify and develop knowledge products (including guidance, fact sheets, infographics) for sharing with Steering Committee members, as well as implementing and development partners.
  • Support the development of CAEP presentations, speaking points and other ad hoc requests requested by CAEP leadership.

Job Qualifications

  • Three+ years of relevant, full time work experience in the field of international development, public policy, administration, and/or climate change
  • Knowledge and practical experience in the field of climate change or a related sector.
  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience
  • Experience in knowledge management and outreach initiatives
  • In depth digital experience, preferably including storytelling on digital platforms will be an advantage
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of research processes and methodologies
  • Advanced degree in policy or public administration, economics, communications, international development or similarly relevant field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in French and/or Spanish an important plus.
  • Ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment, strong team skills and an aptitude for relationship building.
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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