Corporate Standard Associate - Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States

This position is hybrid-based in Washington DC office or remote based in a state in the US where WRI is registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.   


About the Program:   

The Greenhouse Gas Protocolis the worlds 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 rely on the GHG Protocol standards and guidance.Building on a twenty-year partnership betweenWorld Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses, and other organizations. The GHG Protocol also provides standards; tools and online training to help countries and cities track progress towards their climate goals.   


Job Highlight:   

Reporting to the Corporate Standard Manager, you will develop updates and additional guidance for the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard through a global multistakeholder process. The scope of potential updates and additional guidance will be determined based on the results of a recent global survey and in consultation with GHG Protocol governance bodies. You will support the development process for updates and additional guidance, which will involve engaging with members of the global, multi-stakeholder Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Corporate Standard. You will also develop technical support resources, guidance, and tools based on the existing GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, to facilitate its continued use and adoption. You will work as part of a dynamic team and support the work of the GHG Protocol generally as needs arise. You will work with technical experts at WRI, WBCSD, and other GHG Protocol teams.   


What will you do:   


Develop updates, additional guidance, tools and resources for the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and support the updates process (75%):-   

  • Be a technical lead to develop updates and additional guidance for the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard through a multi-stakeholder process, including drafting proposed standard text
  • Conduct research and stakeholder consultations to understand needs and proposed solutions for updates or new guidance for the Corporate Standard
  • Research guidelines developed by other initiatives and coordinate with other programs such as the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), CDP, emerging regulatory frameworks such as those from EFRAG in Europe and the SEC in the US, industry-specific initiatives and other climate disclosure programs and standards to assess interoperability and harmonization
  • Engage with different stakeholders from business, government, civil society, and academia during the updates process
  • Prepare and deliver presentations, issue briefs, proposals, or other materialsas part of the standard and guidance development process, and present on behalf of GHG Protocol at external events and program engagements


Develop and maintain GHG Protocol support, guidance, calculation tools, and resources for the Corporate Standard to promote adoption and effective use by organizations (25%):-   

  • Review external methodologies and GHG accounting guidance and reporting guidance and tools developed by external organizations as part of “Built on GHG Protocol” review service
  • Identify, specify, and/or develop new tools, templates, and resources (e.g., calculation tools, emission factor databases, data transfer templates, reporting templates) to support more widespread, robust, and effective GHG accounting and reporting (tools may be developed in-house or contracted out via RFPs)
  • Contribute Corporate Standard materials and e-learning courses led by the Technical Support & Training team and Learning Program at GHG Protocol
  • Provide technical advice to users of the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard as needs arise
  • Support other Greenhouse Gas Protocol projects and activities during the updates process as needs arise


What will you need:   

  • Education: You have a Bachelor’s degree preferably in a relevant field related to sustainability or environmental science/ management. Applicants with professional formation in the sciences, engineering, financial accounting, and other relevant disciplines will be considered
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 7 years of work experience in relevant domains including greenhouse gas accounting, sustainability reporting, climate mitigation, financial accounting, or related areas
  • Experience with Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards and the Corporate Standard in particular
  • Experience in project management and multi-stakeholder processes and proven ability to build partnerships and consensus with multiple stakeholders.
  • Preferred: Experience with any other relevant standards and programs such as ISO 14064, CDP, SBTi, or emerging mandatory reporting frameworks such as those from EFRAG and US SEC.
  • Knowledge of financial accounting standards and best practices or experience in verification/assurance of GHG inventories also a plus.
  • Languages: Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization


Potential Salary: Salary range is between 96,000 and 110,000 USD. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.   


How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 15 March, 2024. You mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.   


What we offer:   

  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities. 
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours. 
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure


About Us:   

Founded in 1982, 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. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 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.   

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.   


Our mission and values:   

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.   

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence and Respect.   


Our culture:   

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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment; we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.   


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.