Communications Coordinator, Economics Center

Communications Washington, District of Columbia

This position can be located in Washington, DC, Sao Paulo, or London. 

Program Overview

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and its flagship project The New Climate Economy (NCE), were set up to help governments, businesses, and society to make better-informed decisions on how to achieve economic prosperity and development while also addressing climate change. The Global Commission is made up of 28 former heads of government, former finance ministers, and leaders in the fields of economics and business from around the world. The Commissioners guide the NCE work and actively engage with a range of government and business leaders to disseminate the messages widely through the media and high-profile events.

Since September 2014, the Global Commission has released four flagship reports, helping to shift the global narrative away from a focus on the trade-offs between economic growth and climate action and toward an understanding that they can – and in fact must – go together.

In 2019, NCE will: 1. continue to disseminate the Global Commission’s global messages, engaging decision-makers at key events; 2. catalyze and accelerate country action around the NCE approach in a number of key countries; and 3. support sector-level uptake of the NCE approach through our sister-initiatives (Coalition for Urban Transitions, the Food and Land Use Coalition and the Finance Initiative)

Job Summary

As Communications Coordinator, you will assist with developing and leading the implementation of communications strategies. You will be able to distill compelling key messages from complex research products, and then draft punchy communications materials such as opinion pieces, blogs, factsheets, briefing documents, and social media content.

You will be immersed in our country- and sector-level work, but also be able to connect this work to a global narrative about how climate and economic growth go hand-in-hand during key international moments.

You will be highly organized, capable of managing projects beyond just their scope of work. In addition, you will be ready to work efficiently and diplomatically, often under tight deadlines.

WRI is committed to advancing gender equity across our program portfolios and influencing peers and partners in the sectors in which we work. As such, the Communications Coordinator will support efforts to give attention to gender in all products, where relevant.

Job Responsibilities

The Communication Coordinator’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Support development of messaging documents based on NCE and other relevant research
  • Support development of briefing documents for NCE commissioners and principals
  • Draft and disseminate content including blogs, op-eds and social media content
  • Support NCE Communications team in report production, including dealing with vendors and supporting on editing or design as needed
  • Draft and coordinate email communications and newsletters
  • Collaborate with the rest of the NCE Communications team and communications partners to identify opportunities to advance NCE messages
  • Help maintain website content and work with NCE’s partners and online communication teams and technology providers to deliver content
  • Coordinate communications activities with partner programs by representing NCE to partners and identifying potential areas for collaboration
  • Help plan events for publication launches, public discussions, and other announcements
  • Provide general administrative support, such as scheduling, event logistics and other responsibilities as needed

Job Qualifications

  • One+ year of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • A demonstrable interest in international development and/or climate change
  • Ability to prioritize and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, with team members across the world
  • Applicants must have work authorization to work in the US, Brazil, or the UK. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

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 in order 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 now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico 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.  

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.