Associate I, Partnerships

Communications Washington, District of Columbia



The NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution) Partnership is a coalition of developed and developing countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical 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) facilitates technical assistance and capacity building; and 3) facilitates enhanced financial support for NDC implementation.

In this role, you will assist in managing relationships with members of the NDC Partnership and organizing meetings and activities with the governance of the Partnership.

The two main function of our NDC Partnership Support Unit are: 1) to manage membership functions of the Partnership, including convening biannual Partnership Forums, supporting governance bodies, and maintaining routine communications with the Partners; and 2) to develop institutional relationships with other non-state actors and organizations that can contribute to the work and mission of the Partnership. In this role, you will collaborate across all aspects of the team’s relationships with a particular emphasis on non-state actors (NSAs) such as civil society organizations, think tanks, and sub-national entities.


External Outreach

  • Monitor the landscape of NSAs active in NDC implementation at the regional and global level and maintain active communication with leaders in the field.
  • Support Senior Associate in serving as an institutional point of contact for NSAs and proactively work with other teams in the Support Unit to identify opportunities for collaboration and engagement in the activities of the NDC Partnership
  • Track and coordinate collaboration with NSAs across the NDC Partnership to support coherent approaches to institutional relationships
  • Support in fundraising activities

Member Engagement

  • Support the flow of information and routine communications to members of the Partnership.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of the Partnership Forum and Steering Committee meetings, including contributing to the development of agendas, confirmation of speakers, and preparation of materials.
  • Support in mobilizing the resources (including in-kind) of Partners and others to contribute to the delivery of NDC Partnership activities and objectives.
  • Provide orientation to new members of the Partnership and serve as an information resource for members on general questions regarding the Partnership and its activities.
  • Support the development of activities to enable member engagement and exchange

Given the evolving nature of the NDC Partnership and its Support Unit, other duties may be assigned as needs related to external engagement emerge and the balance of time between activities will evolve over time. 


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, including responsibility for managing relationships and collaboration
  • Master's degree in related field (or two additional years of experience)
  • Robust international experience including understanding of climate strategies - particularly associated with implementing NDC's
  • Experience working with coalitions or in organizations with a membership function
  • Experience in organizing events involving senior public sector officials
  • Demonstrated skills in managing and aligning diverse groups of stakeholders, including development agencies, non-state actors / civil society, financial institutions, the private sector, and others
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • 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 in regard to climate issues

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at 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.