Head of Membership and Outreach

Leadership Washington, District of Columbia


Program Overview

The NDC (Nationally determined contributions) Partnership seeks a Head of Membership and Outreach to assist in supporting the ongoing growth of the NDC Partnership’s membership, as well as fundraising and wider resource mobilization activities for the Partnership’s Support Unit.

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 works with its members to: 1) create and disseminate insightful knowledge products; 2) facilitate technical assistance and capacity building; and 3) facilitate enhanced financial support for NDC implementation.

Job Summary

In this role, you will lead the Membership and Outreach team, which supports the governance functions of the Partnership, including processes for accepting new members, preparation of meetings of the NDC Partnership’s Steering Committee, and preparation of NDC Partnership Member Forums. The team is also responsible for institutional relationships with non-state actors and organizations that contribute to the work and mission of the Partnership. This relationship development also includes supporting the fundraising activities of the Support Unit.

Job Responsibilities

Membership Development

  • Work proactively with Members from across the NDC Partnership to leverage their expertise to contribute to the Partnership’s efforts to accelerate climate and development action.
  • Monitor the landscape of organizations and initiatives active in international development and NDC implementation at the regional and global level and highlight those relevant to the NDC Partnership’s work and mission to appropriate teams within the Support Unit.
  • Provide strategic advice on initiatives with which the NDC Partnership should collaborate.
  • Provide onboarding orientation to new Members.

Member Engagement

  • Develop and maintain content for the Members’ section of the Partnership’s webpage.
  • Develop outreach and external communication materials in collaboration with the Communications team.
  • Proactively work with other teams in the Support Unit to identify opportunities for Members to engage in the activities of the NDC Partnership, with special focus on Institutional and Associate Members.
  • Invite and respond to member questions or inquiries in collaboration with other teams in the Support Unit; including facilitating calls with relevant members.
  • Coordinate among different teams to send joint communications to Members regarding the Partnership and its activities as appropriate.

Fundraising and Mobilization

  • Support the Global Director in fundraising activities, including tracking development opportunities, preparation of materials for dialogues with potential donors, and drafting of proposals and reports.


  • Lead the preparation of the biannual Steering Committee meetings; including the preparation of the agenda, background and discussion papers and logistics.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of the Partnership Forum together with other teams in the Support Unit.


  • * Lead the work of the Membership team’s project coordinator, directing his/her work on deliverables related to Member development and engagement, including weekly meetings to ensure deliverables are being tracked efficiency
Given the evolving nature of the NDC Partnership and its Support Unit, other duties may be assigned as needs emerge and the Partnership’s work evolves.

Job Qualifications

  • Master's degree in relevant field (or two additional years of experience)
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, including involvement in managing relationships and joint initiatives between multiple partners. A minimum of three of these years must have been in a leadership position
  • Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization at the level of seven figure grants, including preparation of proposals, grant management, and donor communications.
  • Demonstrated skills in sustaining relationships with groups of stakeholders and within coalitions that include diverse actors such as development agencies, non-state actors / civil society, financial institutions, the private sector, and others.
  • Good understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with international development and implementing NDCs and/or national climate strategies and plans.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach regarding climate issues.
  • French or Spanish language skills preferred

How to Apply

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

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