Enhancement Knowledge Specialist, NDC Partnership

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


This position can either based in Washington DC or in Bonn, Germany

Job Summary

At the core of the NDC Partnership’s mission is supporting countries to improve their NDCs and take more ambitious climate action. The Partnership has supported 67 of its member countries in doing this through 2019-2021, deploying USD 46 million of support through 46 partners. Countries have raised their mitigation targets, enhanced their actions on adaptation, and strengthened their NDCs through analysis and inclusive consultation. This represents a unique body of experience from which countries and institutions can benefit, helping all countries take more ambitious action supported by well-targeted technical and financial assistance. As the Support Unit’s Enhancement Knowledge Specialist, you will play a leading role in turning this experience into shared learning. You will engage across our team and our membership to identify lessons learned from the recent round of NDC enhancement. You will support peer learning among our members. You will develop accessible, impactful knowledge products to bring lessons learned to our members and beyond.

As a fluent Spanish speaker, you will also play a key role in identifying and sharing lessons from the Partnership’s broader work in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. You will develop knowledge products together with our regional team to support our in-country work and mobilize support for national action.

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

Job Responsibilities

NDC Enhancement Knowledge Support (60%)

  • Extract, store, manage, and communicate lessons learned from the Partnership’s NDC enhancement efforts
  • Capture lessons learned from countries and implementing partners, identify trends and challenges, produce accessible knowledge products that highlight key learning
  • Organize learning events to support implementing partners and countries further enhance their NDCs by sharing learning from previous NDC enhancement efforts
  • Support the collection and review of quarterly progress reports from implementing partners to track progress, improve coordination, and draw out key results
  • Collect periodic feedback from implementing partners and countries on NDC enhancement needs and opportunities to shape future support
  • Monitor resources, tools, and support offerings available for NDC enhancement, to map support and inform planning around the next round of NDC updates
  • Support the preparation and dissemination of regular and ad hoc reporting on CAEP performance, to ensure funders have access to accurate and relevant information
  • Track countries’ NDC updates and map enhancement efforts in countries receiving CAEP support, including by managing consultancies
  • Support preparation of global and regional insights on NDC updating and implementation
  • Work with NDC Partnership Support Unit staff, in-country facilitators, implementing partners, and countries to develop outreach material around NDC enhancement topics, including blogs, op-eds, and videos
  • Identify and develop knowledge products (including fact sheets, infographics, etc.) for sharing with Steering Committee members, as well as implementing and development partners
  • Manage the NDC Partnership’s Enhancement Action Area and CAEP webpages, ensuring timely and accurate information reflected
  • Support the collection of data to report on NDC enhancement indicators within the NDC Partnership’s M&E framework
Analytical Support in the LAC region (30%)
  • Participate in pre-scoping calls and select scoping missions to assess knowledge priorities and opportunities for deeper engagement of the K&L team
  • Develop analytical products in support our the NDC Partnership’s in-country work, including country fact sheets, resource briefs, Partnership Plan Narratives, and country support gap summaries
  • Provide ad hoc analytical support in the LAC region, including development of regional or thematic support gap summaries (based on kNook data)
Ad-Hoc Responsibilities (10%)
  • Develop online and offline communication materials, draft presentations and talking points, support administrative efforts such as organizing meetings and workshops, and other activities relevant to the NDC Partnership
  • Support Unit’s optimal performance
  • Engage with colleagues across the Support Unit to ensure that insights are shared effectively with and from countries
Job Qualifications
  • Master’s degree required or 2 years of additional relevant experience
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of full-time work experience in climate, environment, international development or similar fields
  • Relevant experience in developing countries will be an asset
  • Good knowledge of the international climate policy and of national climate policy making
  • Proven experience in developing regional and global knowledge products, including analytical work, reports, learning platforms, and related products
  • Experience in regional or global knowledge and learning platforms and networks will be an advantage
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate with teams from different countries
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish. French a plus
  • Strong project management skills
  • Capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demand
  • Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach to climate and development
  • Given the evolving nature of the NDC Partnership and its Support Unit, other duties may be assigned as needs emerge and the Partnership’s work evolves.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary: $59,000 - $77,000 if based in USA. 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.   

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