Director of Communications, NDCP

Communications & Engagement Washington, DC, United States

This position can be either based in Washington DC, USA or in Bonn, Germany.

Job Summary

The NDC Partnership is seeking a leader of our communications work. The ideal candidate would have experience mobilizing diverse stakeholders behind a common vision to execute the communications strategy of the Partnership's Support Unit. This position will involve both proactive planning and implementation of ambitious, comprehensive communications strategies as well as reactive, rapid daily interaction on issues related to the Partnership. It will ensure the implementation of the communications strategy advances the reputation and brand of the Partnership , its influence, reach, and impact. This will be a management level position joining a team of seven others in the Support Unit.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC or in Bonn, Germany once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

Communications products (30%)

  • Develop compelling narratives for the Partnership’s activities and initiatives. Tailor messages for key audiences, including developing country governments, partner organizations and donors
  • Author, develop and oversee communications materials that amplify examples of countries taking early and ambitious action to implement their national climate plans under the Paris Agreement, especially through the collaborative efforts of the NDC Partnership
  • Write and edit material, including digital and print marketing materials, blog posts, op-eds, e-blasts and other compelling communications to translate technical material for various audiences. Oversee translation of materials into English, Spanish and French as needed

Strategy and coordination (20%)

  • In consultation with the management team, develop a communications strategy for the Partnership that builds on our country engagement and knowledge work and the strengths of our members to drive NDC implementation and enhancement globally
  • Serve as the Partnership’s principal liaison and advisor to communications leadership from members in order to align communication efforts around common messages on Partnership’s objectives
  • Establish, maintain, and leverage media relationships to secure outreach opportunities for NDC Partnership’s messages, coordinating closely with partners within and outside of the Partnership to raise the profile of the Partnership

Events (20%)

  • In coordination with the management team, lead a comprehensive strategy for events to increase visibility of the NDC Partnership and strengthen relationships among its member countries and institutions, associate members and other key partners
  • With the support of the Events Manager, ensure the effective delivery of NDC Partnership events, particularly those led by the Support Unit. These will include our annual member forum and participation at sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP), including management of an NDC Partnership pavilion

Platforms and outreach (15%)

  • Manage media outreach to traditional and new media, including pitching, research, handling incoming requests, and monitoring daily news coverage, particularly for high-level events
  • Lead media outreach and communications around international climate meetings and other high-profile climate-related opportunities
  • Oversee a redesign of the Partnership’s website for launch in late 2021
  • Grow the Partnership’s online presence and impact through improved multimedia offerings and social media reach

Management (15%)

  • Work closely with other members of the management team to ensure an integrated approach to communications across the Support Unit. Participate in management team meetings and consult colleagues on strategic questions
  • Manage and mentor a dedicated communications team of at least three staff members as well as external vendors. Provide anchor management through daily oversight of communications tasks, delegation of work, and ensuring the well-being of staff
  • Provide training and capacity building for Support Unit staff on communications-relevant skills such as writing, presenting, media engagement and by encouraging team members to blog and use social media to make their voices heard throughout the field
  • Manage a budget of approximately 2 million USD annually
Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree in communications, public relations or environmental studies
  • Minimum 15 years full time relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues.
  • Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required); strong oral communications skills required
  • 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
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Strong commitment to WRI's mission and values
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact
  • Expertise in the fields of climate change or environmental communications, especially communicating climate-specific research findings to policymakers and business audiences preferred
  • International experience or language skills, especially in French or Spanish, preferred
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of communications products, influence strategies and audience targeting
  • Experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, social media and other specialized communications skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts)
  • Experience managing full-time staff and vendors
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred
  • Existing relationships with influential business, energy or environmental reporters at leading media outlets preferred
Potential Salary

$108,000 - $146,000 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

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

Program 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.

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.
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