Knowledge Tools and Research Specialist

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

The NDC Partnership at WRI seeks a Knowledge Tools and Research Specialist to play an integral role in the Knowledge and Learning workstream, which supports countries in sharing knowledge for climate action through written products, peer-to-peer exchanges, and online tools.  You will be responsible for supporting three core areas of work: the Knowledge Portal, the internal Knowledge Management System, and written products.  Daily tasks will include data entry and analysis, coordination with partners and vendors, research, and writing. The role demands attention to detail, excellent writing skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. You will report to the Knowledge and Learning Director, but will work closely with all members of the Knowledge and Learning workstream and across the Support Unit.

Job Responsibilities

NDC Partnership Knowledge Portal (30%)

  • Manage the NDC Partnership Knowledge Portal’s day-to-day upkeep. Work with the NDC Partnership’s web developer to flag and resolve bugs and other fixes needed to the Knowledge Portal and respond to queries from users.
  • Monitor new knowledge products developed by NDC Partnership members and other leading organizations and ensure that they are reflected in the Knowledge Portal, in keeping with inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Lead trainings on the Knowledge Portal for new NDC Partnership staff, consultants, interns, and external partners. Assist Support Unit staff in developing their own Knowledge Portal presentations.
  • Explore opportunities for strategic improvements to the knowledge portal, including through collaboration with members.
  • Produce communication and outreach materials around the knowledge portal, including blogs, social media, talking points, and webinars.

NDC Partnership Knowledge Management System (30%)

  • Support internal knowledge system management and maintenance through regular data input, quality control, and backend management.
  • Provide research support to produce communications pieces extracted from knowledge management system (including blog posts, insight briefs, talking points and report inputs).
  • Deliver trainings and support other outreach activities around knowledge management system.

Written Products (30%)

  • Drawing stories from the NDC Partnership’s in-country work, write blogs, insight briefs, and other materials.
  • Support the writing and development of the annual Partnership in Action Report, the NDC Partnership’s flagship report.
  • Ensure high-quality written outputs. This will include checking the accuracy of content, editing for grammar and style, and formatting documents in keeping with NDC Partnership brand guidelines.
  • Liaise with external editors and designers. Coordinate internally and externally to peer-review written documents.
  • Provide research support before meetings and events, coordinating and preparing talking points, briefings, and powerpoints.

Ad-Hoc Support (10%)

  • Attend internal and external meetings, taking notes and tracking follow-ups with staff and partners.
  • Provide support to Knowledge and Learning events as needed, including by liaising with partners, contributing to concept notes and agendas, supporting outreach efforts, and providing logistical support.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred. Minimum of two years of full-time relevant experience required.
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Excellent English writing skills required; experience with research and/or written communications preferred
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis and database management. Familiarity with kNack a plus
  • Must be proactive, adaptable to rapidly changing priorities, and able to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines and minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate with internal and external partners and a desire to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Fluent English, with Spanish or French strongly preferred
  • Experience and/or interest in climate change, sustainable development, environmental, or related issues
  • US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Internally, the title is: Knowledge Tools and Research Specialist, NDC Partnership

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 over 30 staff, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

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.