Greenhouse Gas Protocol - Land Sector Associate

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state 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 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. In 2016, 92% of Fortune 500 companies responding to the CDP used GHG Protocol to account for their emissions. 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 GHG Protocol Land Sector Lead, you will support the finalization and implementation of the GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals Guidance, which provides corporate GHG accounting guidance for the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector as well as emerging CO2 removal technologies. You will coordinate the development of guidance through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process. You will also develop and review sector-specific trainings, guidance, tools and other resources to support corporate GHG inventory accounting for the land sector and CO2 removals. You will work as part of a dynamic Greenhouse Gas Protocol team and support other initiatives of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol more generally as needs arise. 

What will you do:

Support Land Sector and Removals Guidance development (50% time):

  • Support finalization of the GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals Guidance, including summarizing and analyzing pilot testing feedback, editing and revising chapters, and other tasks as needed
  • Conduct research and compile, review and incorporate stakeholder feedback to finalize GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals Guidance
  • Develop implementation resources to help users apply the Land Sector and Removals Guidance, such as executive summaries, FAQs, communication materials, training materials, sector-specific guidance, or other resources
  • Help facilitate our international multi-stakeholder guidance development process, including managing email correspondence, compiling comments and feedback, preparing for and coordinating working group meetings, etc.

Review land sector-related tools, guidance and other resources (20% time)

  • Conduct research, literature reviews, interviews with subject-matter experts, and analysis on methodologies for quantifying GHG emissions and CO2 removals from agriculture, forestry, bioenergy, other land use, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and related topics
  • Co-develop land-sector related tools and sector-specific guidance through strategic partnerships to address key data and methodological gaps with existing resources
  • Review third party land-sector related datasets, tools and guidance for compliance with the latest scientific research and GHG Protocol standards and guidance Coordinate with programs and partners to ensure alignment on accounting and reporting approaches for GHG emissions, CO2 removals and related land sector sustainability metrics

Develop land sector-related training materials (20% time) :

  • Develop training materials for the GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removal Guidance to help companies and other organizations understand and apply the guidance (in collaboration with GHG Protocol training team)
  • Organize, coordinate, and participate in internal and external meetings, conference calls, and workshops
  • Assist in the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials, presentations and publications 

Support Greenhouse Gas Protocol (10% time)

  • Coordinate with the Science Based Targets team and other programs and partners to ensure harmonization across initiatives
  • Draft issue briefs, blogs, or other materials as needed
  • Support other Greenhouse Gas Protocol projects and activities as needs arise

  • What will you need:
    Education: Bachelor’s Degree. Master’s degree preferred in environmental science/policy, ecology or a related field.
  • Experience: You have 6+ years full-time relevant work experience in greenhouse gas accounting, climate change mitigation, or related field.
  • You have familiarity and knowledge of Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards, corporate GHG inventory accounting and reporting scope 3 accounting, GHG quantification methodologies for the agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sector, bioenergy accounting, CO2 removals accounting, life cycle assessment (LCA), and related subjects. Experience working with LCA databases and/or spatial datasets is desirable.
  • Languages: You will have written and spoken proficiency in English.
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

Potential Salary:
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 30 January. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary
  • 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.
  • Long-term 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:

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