Country Knowledge Associate, NDC Partnership

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary
In this role, you will play a central role in turning this insight into accelerated climate action through high quality knowledge products and close support to our country engagement activities. The Partnership supports almost 80 countries through the technical and financial contributions of over 120 partners, responding to (to date) around 6,500 requested activities. We do this by aligning all members around public, country-owned NDC Action Plans. These, combined with a comprehensive knowledge management system and close contact with country governments, give us a unique insight into country needs and successes as they pursue climate and development goals through their NDCs. 

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
Analysis and writing (35%)
Oversee development of Action Plan narratives. These provide analytical background to the requests for support coming from countries. They explain country requests in the context of national policies and priorities, with the aim of making Action Plans more useful as tools for communicating country needs and attracting support from partners. 

  • Work with Regional Managers to develop and refine narrative templates
  • Oversee development of the narratives, offering quality assurance and tracking progress
  • Develop the narratives for select countries
  • Work with Support Unit colleagues, in-country facilitators, and our members to identify trends and results from our country work, particularly insights that span multiple countries or on key topics of interest (e.g. gender, youth, finance, NDC enhancement)
  • Support the organization of regular knowledge exchange sessions between the Support Unit’s Country Engagement and Knowledge and Learning teams to review facilitator progress reports and identify interesting results
  • Provide strategic guidance to Management Team members on topics of interest and direction for future knowledge work
Country Support (30%)
  • With the Country Engagement team and Regional Managers, provide close analytical support for a small number of selected countries
  • Follow country progress and develop multiple knowledge products related to those countries (e.g. resource briefs, Action Plan narratives, support gap summaries)
Communications and outreach (20%)
  • Develop blogs and other outreach products communicating Partnership insights to global audiences
  • Contribute writing and analytical content to the annual flagship Partnership in Action report
Ad-hoc Responsibilities (15%)
  • Join Support Unit team meetings and calls with country representatives, institutional 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
  • Mentor junior staff
  • Support cross-cutting Support Unit learning and projects as needed
Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree required or a Bachelor's degree with  2 additional years of experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in climate change, development or related field
  • Experience in or working with developing countries strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated track record of producing written analysis presenting complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Flexible and self-motivated
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Fluency in English
  • Advanced proficiency in French or Spanish a significant plus
  • 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
  • US work authorization required for this position
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary: $79,000 - $106,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

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.

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.