Gender and Youth Associate, NDC Partnership

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States

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.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit is comprised of around 50 staff, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

Job Summary

The NDC Partnership is committed to supporting countries in driving gender equality and meaningful youth engagement in their NDCs implementation and enhancement—a commitment embodied in a Gender Strategy and a new Youth Engagement Plan to be launched in December 2020. In this position, you will play an integral role in ensuring that the Support Unit can discharge its responsibilities in the implementation of these plans, facilitating action by members and tracking progress

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

Job Responsibilities
Data gathering and analysis (40%)  

  • Maintain mapping of member and partner activities related to gender and youth in NDC implementation and enhancement
  • Work with the knowledge management team to identify and tag gender- and youth-related requests from countries, for inclusion in the Partnership’s knowledge management system
  • Develop analysis of trends in country requests and gaps in support for those requests and concise briefs, presentations and communication materials to share this analysis with members and external audiences
  • Extract and synthesize country successes, lessons, and effective practices for mainstreaming gender equality and youth participation from internal Partnership facilitator, country and regional reports, or input into knowledge and communication products
  • Identify technical resources, tools, platforms or financial resources related to youth and gender and ensure their incorporation in the Partnership’s Knowledge Portal
  • With Support Unit colleagues, review potential projects from member countries and advise on gender- and youth-responsiveness
  • Track implementation of the Gender Strategy and Youth Engagement Plan, working with the Monitoring and Evaluation team
Coordination and facilitation (40%)
  • Coordinate and facilitate work with consultants to support implementation of the Gender Strategy
  • Work with consultants and country engagement team members to ensure relevant staff are equipped to advise and countries on key elements of gender and youth and to assess NDC implementation plans and provide relevant feedback. This will include the design and implementation of training sessions for staff
  • Engage with members or external partners that express interest in providing gender or youth support to fill gaps in country requests
  • Work with knowledge and learning team members to organize peer exchanges and other learning events for members
  • With the communications team and in coordination with members, organize and facilitate an annual Youth Engagement Forum
  • Work with members to synthesize key messages from the Forum for presentation to the Partnership’s Steering Committee meeting  
Other activities (20%)
  • Support the integration of gender equality, youth and social inclusion into new Partnership initiatives
  • Join Support Unit team meetings and calls with country representatives, institutional partners, gender/youth partners and country experts on the NDC Partnership team, gaining insight into countries’ experiences with NDC implementation
  • Provide communications support on topics of interest, including by authoring blogs and preparing social media
  • Support cross-cutting Support Unit learning and projects as needed, including the onboarding of new staff and members
Job Qualifications
  • Three+ years of experience with gender inclusive approaches and/or youth engagement, particularly in climate change action or related fields
  • Master's degree required or a bachelor's degree with a minimum of two+ additional years of relevant experience
  • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Flexible and self-motivated
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based communications
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Additional language fluencies (beyond English), particularly French, is not required but preferred
  • US or EU Work Authorization required. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Potential Salary: $59,000 - $77,000 in US
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

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, watersustainable 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.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

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.