Data Partnerships & Outreach Manager, Climate Watch

Communications The Hague, Netherlands


This position can be located in The Hague or London, please indicate preference and ability to work legally in that area in your cover letter

Job Summary

In this role, you will have the opportunity to turn climate data into actions through powerful online tools. You will lead on outreach, communications, partnership management and user engagement for the Climate Watch platform. You support a team of data researchers in the scoping and further development of Climate Watch platform and ensure timely feedback and uptake by users. The work is done in close collaboration with leading government organizations and NGOs in the climate data space. 

You should be exited about engaging with end-users of data platform, WRI’s international offices and WRI partners. You build partnership and have an infectious enthusiasm that helps to motivate our team and colleagues. You work well with others, know your strengths and can identify theirs.

You support project management aspect of Climate Watch, like setting timelines, budgets, guiding junior staff and working with web development vendors. You will support data platforms from a broad vision to implementation and deployment of data, platforms and communication material. You will also assist in growing our user community.

A typical work week in the position can include:

  1. Setting up meeting with international offices, partners and other stakeholders to build a coalition around Climate Watch
  2. Working with communications experts to set priorities to increase the uptake of Climate Watch by key audiences
  3. Meeting with junior staff to guide them in supporting you on outreach and engagement
  4. Creating outreach and communication materials, for example presentations, visualizations, emails, blogs
  5. Conducting training, testing, webinars and other outreach with end-users
  6. Writing proposal for new funding and summarizing progress to funders
  7. Brainstorming ideas with leading climate experts and define steps to identify priorities
  8. Supporting data experts with research, data collections and other analytical tasks as necessary
  9. Responding to users’ inquiries and become an expert on key climate data related questions

Additional details:

You will work in a team of data analysts and managers as well as numerous external partners. Playing an integral role in leading WRI’s climate data team, we will utlize your experience in climate related issues and decision making. You will work together with senior and management staff to coordinate across the variety of data tools and ensure full engagement of WRI programs, centers, international offices, external parts and other stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities

Outreach, user engagement and partnership management (50% of time required)

  • Develop, refine and lead the Climate Watch strategy for user engagement
  • Plan the outreach for the online tools together with the central communications teams and junior level staff
  • Create communication, outreach and training materials, like presentations, visualizations, briefs, blogs, reports and others
  • Coordinate with WRI colleagues across programs, centers and countries
  • Proactively reach out to additional audiences, like government ministries, international organizations, media outlets and others
  • Documenting functional and data scope to discuss with partners and test extensively with external audiences
  • Continuously carry out user-experiences testing of Climate Watch and propose priorities for improvements
  • Provide regular training to internal and external audiences
  • Arrange regular meeting with partner organizations
  • Lead the presentation of new products at workshops and other internal and external events
  • Support fundraising and donor stewardship, and engage directly with foundation and government funders.

Project management & tool development (25% of time required)

  • Identify priorities for Climate Watch improvements based on user engagement
  • Negotiate contracts with external web vendors to ensure user-driven visions are fully implemented
  • Lead the preparation of scoping documents, working plans and wireframes, ensuring quality deliverables on time
  • Manage Climate Watch improvements, including the development of scope, use case, font-end designs, data analysis planning, user testing and delivery with some of the task being carried out by external vendors
  • Monitor and manage project performance against budget, scope progress according to planned milestones, expenses and revenue, and internal and donor reporting
  • Contribute to funding pitches and reports on progress to funders and partners.

Research & knowledge: (25% of time required)

  • Work with the Climate Watch data experts and research assistants to answer key users’ questions
  • Become and expert in key climate change questions to quickly respond to inquiries
  • Together with data experts, coordinate the development of new data sets and analysis, based on user demand
  • Authoring or co-authoring knowledge and outreach products (e.g., reports, data products, blogs)
  • Participate in internal and external peer review processes for publications and papers.

Additionally, in keeping with WRI’s commitment to gender equity across our programs, the manager will contribute to the identification of relevant gender issues, as determined through a gender analysis, and ensure adequate and effective attention to these issues in project and partner development, budgeting and management.

Job Qualifications

  • Masters in related field in Environmental Science, Computer Science, Sustainability Science, International Relations, Communications, Economics or related (or bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience)
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time partnership or project management experience, ideally in the area of online data tools, data analysis or data visualizations
  • Understanding of key issues in the climate policy space with a strong focus on the UNFCCC and climate policy
  • Ability to work with partners, external audiences and assess the need of stakeholder groups
  • Knowledge of data analysis and processing of quantitative and qualitative data sets
  • Ability to connect research results to measurable external change
  • Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, breadth of interests, and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues all are qualities that will be looked for during the hiring process.
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. 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, water, sustainable 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 in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United 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.  

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) 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.