Country Engagement Specialist

Data Analysis & Technical Research Bonn, Germany


Position Overview 

WRI seeks an assertive and highly organized Country Engagement Specialist to provide essential coordination with external partners and substantive inputs to reports, blogs, and fact sheets under the Country Engagement pillar of the Nationally Determined Commitments (NDC) Partnership, a global effort managed within the Climate Program. The role demands excellent attention to detail, strong research and partner communication skills, knowledge of international development challenges, good understanding of team dynamics, cross-cultural collaboration, and strong time and priority management abilities.

The purpose of the NDC Partnership is to achieve enhanced cooperation among Parties to support developing country partners in successfully implementing their Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) and related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitments, with the goal of reaching climate-resilient and low carbon growth as the global norm. The Partnership will emphasize responsiveness to developing countries’ needs and priorities and work to ensure a country-driven perspective. It will also be key to address countries’ capacity building needs for sustained implementation of NDCs.

The Country Engagement Specialist will develop strategies for country engagement and capacity building, coordinate and conduct in-depth analysis on those efforts, and report on results to internal directors and external stakeholders. Other responsibilities will include supporting in-country teams, drafting communications materials, updating NDCP websites, and facilitating coordination among NDCP pillars, offices, and disparate teams.


Research, Analysis, & Engagement (60% time)

  • Develop country engagement plans, target setting, action planning, and performance tracking, including designing tools, guidance documents, and training materials in consultation with Senior Country Engagement Specialists
  • Conduct related in-depth analysis to support scoping, results reporting, and updating Country Outlooks on a regular basis.
  • Support country teams to initiate and sustain country engagement. This may include providing technical advice/input, on-the-ground coordination, and facilitating exchange between the country teams.
  • Support, or even lead under direction, efforts to strategically link NDC Partnership knowledge products with in-country engagement efforts.
  • Represent country engagement team in external meetings and workshops, contributing to country mission planning, and provide innovative ideas, strategies, and input to concept notes with minimal supervision.

Reporting/ad hoc (30% time)

  • Developing reporting materials for Institutional Members and Development Partners
  • Developing and maintaining tools to streamline internal processes of the SU
  • Developing and maintaining tools to track country engagement work across the SU
  • Developing resources to support SU team members in their other capacities (Country Outlooks, RSAs, tracking tools, etc.)

Communications & Administrative (10% time)

  • Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities.
  • Support the development and/or maintenance of content related to country engagement on NDC Partnership and affiliated websites.
  • Develop and co-author blog posts, presentations deck, infographics, brochures, and other online and offline communications materials.
  • Facilitate coordination among NDCP Support Unit teams, including DC, Bonn, and regionally-based specialists.
  • Liaising with external partners and WRI/UNFCCC colleagues across programs and countries
  • Supervise interns as requested.


  • Bachelor's degree in economics, environmental studies, low carbon development, or other similar fields. Master’s degree preferred
  • Two+ years of relevant full-time work experience in a related field 
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency in English and at least one other language; French/Spanish/Portuguese/Arabic is a must
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate with teams from different countries
  • Flexibility to travel internationally at short notice
  • Flexibility to work irregular schedules in order to accommodate coordination with global project partners and team members across time zones
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research

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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

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 nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

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.  

How to Apply

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

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.