Director, Research, Data & Innovation (RDI) China

Data Analysis & Technical Research Beijing, China

Director, Research, Data & Innovation (RDI) China


Position at World Resources Institute (WRI) China, in Beijing (preferred)





In this role, you will foster a culture of research excellence and ensure high quality research for WRI’s Beijing Representative Office in China. Working closely with our Global Science and Research (RDI) team, you will lead the peer review process for our knowledge products in China, as well as mentor staff, develop and provide training, and ensure that our strategies are evidence-based and contribute to achieving our goals.

在此职位上,您将培养卓越的研究文化,并确保世界资源研究所北京代表处的高质量研究。 您将与我们的全球科学与研究(RDI)团队紧密合作,领导我们在中国的知识产品以及导师的同行评审过程,同样需要指导员工、开发和提供培训,并确保我们的策略基于证据,并为我们做出贡献以实现我们的目标。

All WRI-branded knowledge products are required to go through a rigorous, centralized peer review process, involving both internal and external experts, to help ensure quality, accuracy, institutional coherence, and a lack of bias in our research. WRI measures the success of publications and data products in terms of the quality of research and its ability to drive change in the world in ways that support our mission.

所有世界资源研究所品牌的知识产品都必须经过内部和外部专家的严格的、集中的同行评审程序,以帮助确保质量、准确性、机构一致性以及我们的研究不存在偏见。 世界资源研究所衡量出版物和数据产品的成功,依据的是研究质量及其支持我们使命的方式推动世界变革的能力。

The successful candidate will derive satisfaction from helping others to succeed. You will have strong analytical skills, cross-disciplinary experience, management skills, and a passion for environment and development issues. You will use expert judgment to approve publications and will stand up for quality. The successful candidate must ensure sound research practices, but will be allowed to pursue her/his own research for up to 20 percent of the time (1 day/week).

成功的候选人从帮助他人获得成功中获得满足感。 您将具有很强的分析能力,跨学科经验,管理技能以及对环境和发展问题的热情。 您将使用专家的判断来批准出版物,并保证质量。 成功的候选人必须确保良好的研究实践,但将被允许有最多20%的时间(每周1天)中从事自己的研究。

This is a full-time position (or 4 days per week if the candidate wishes to pursue their own research) and has following primary functions:


  • Create a strong culture of research excellence across the organization, working closely with the WRI China Chief Representative, Deputy Country Director and the Global Research, Data & Innovation team
  • 在整个组织创造卓越研究的强势文化,与世界资源研究所中国首席代表,副首席代表和全球研究,数据与创新团队紧密合作
  • Ensure that all WRI China-branded knowledge products meet WRI’s quality standards and are designed to deliver actionable results
  • 确保所有世界资源研究所北京代表处品牌的知识产品均符合世界资源研究所的质量标准,并旨在提供可操作的结果
  • Strengthen WRI China’s capacity to conduct high-quality, actionable research by providing guidance on research design, data interpretation, analytical issues, and effective writing
  • 通过提供研究设计,数据解释,分析问题和有效撰写方面的指导,增强世界资源研究所中国开展高质量,可操作研究的能力
  • Build partnerships within academia and external subject matter experts to bring in all-round perspectives within WRI China publications and research outputs
  • 建立学术界和外部学科专家的合作关系,为世界资源研究所中国的出版物和研究成果带来全方位观点


 Key Responsibilities:


 Create a strong culture of research excellence


  • Ensure that the links between research and outcomes are understood by all program staff and pursued as an integral part of strategies to drive sustainable outcomes.
  • 确保所有计划人员都理解研究与成果之间的联系,并将其作为推动可持续成果的战略的组成部分。
  • Foster a learning culture where constructive criticism and candor are highly valued and staff feel empowered to speak up and discuss failures.
  • 培养一种学习型文化,在这种文化中,建设性的批评和坦率受到高度重视,员工感到有权利发表意见并讨论失败。
  • Ensure organizational incentives are aligned with promoting high-quality research.
  • 确保组织激励措施与促进高质量研究相一致。


Ensure that all WRI China-branded knowledge products meet WRI’s quality standards and are designed to deliver actionable results


  • Work with the WRI China Chief Representative, Deputy Country Director and the Global Research, Data & Innovation team to oversee the peer review process for WRI China-branded publications
  • 与世界资源研究所中国首席代表,副首席代表和全球研究,数据与创新团队合作,监督世界资源研究所北京代表处品牌出版物的同行评审过程
  • Provide feedback to authors on research design and the provision of robust evidence that is fit for key audiences—including policymakers, businesses, multilateral development organizations—and coherent with other research and publications at WRI
  • 向研究人员提供有关研究设计的反馈,并提供适合关键受众(包括决策者,企业,多边发展组织)的可靠证据,并与世界资源研究所的其他研究和出版物保持一致
  • Review WRI China publications and data products to determine whether they meet WRI’s research standards and approve them for publication
  • 审查世界资源研究所北京代表处出版物和数据产品,以确定它们是否符合世界资源研究所的研究标准并批准出版
  • Assist research staff in identifying external experts who can provide objective, relevant reviews of drafts
  • 协助研究人员确定可以对草案进行客观,相关审查的外部专家
  • Liaise with Communications and the Data Lab at WRI Global to ensure that WRI’s data platforms and data products comply with WRI’s developing data ethics standards, in addition to supporting WRI’s commitment to Open Data.
  • 与世界资源研究所全球通信和数据实验室联络,以确保世界资源研究所的数据平台和数据产品符合世界资源研究所制定的数据道德标准,并支持世界资源研究所对开放数据的承诺。

 Strengthen WRI China’s capacity to conduct high-quality actionable research


  • Manage the China RDI team/working groups and provide support to program staff on how to produce high-quality work, including research design, data interpretation, analytical issues, and effective writing
  • 管理中国办公室的数据研究与创新团队,为项目人员提供高质量的工作支持,包括研究设计,数据解释,分析问题和有效的写作
  • Identify skills gaps and contribute to the development of RDI research training modules to address those gaps
  • 确定技能差距,并协助开发数据研究与创新模块的开发做出贡献,以弥补这些差距
  • Create a regular series of early research seminars to provide early feedback to researchers, connect the dots across programs, and foster a culture of openness to feedback
  • 创建一个常规的一系列早期研究研讨会,提供早期反馈给研究人员,整个程序连接点,树立开放的文化反馈
  • Participate in training of research-focused staff by providing support to staff on research design, data interpretation, analytical issues, and effective writing
  • 参与研究人员的培训,为研究人员你提供研究设计、数据揭示、分析问题的有效写作方面的支持
  • Provide feedback on research components of fundraising proposals
  • 对募集资金的提议研究组件提供反馈





  • Master's degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a discipline related to environment or development, with strong methodological skills in social sciences, natural sciences, urban planning or related fields. An economics degree is a plus. Minimum of ten years of experience in conducting policy research related to environment and/or development and at least five-years overseeing junior researchers
  • 与环境或发展有关学科的硕士学位(博士优先),在社会科学,自然科学,城市规划或相关领域具有强大的方法论技能。经济学学位优先。至少有10年从事与环境和/或发展相关的政策研究的经验,以及至少5年监督初级研究人员的经验
  • Proven track record of conducting and overseeing research that translates into policy and practice. 
  • 有指导和监督研究并将其转化为政策和实践的良好经验
  • Track record of producing and overseeing high-quality research
  • 有生产和监督高质量研究的经验
  • Strong strategic thinking, planning, and management skills
  • 较强的战略思维,计划和管理能力
  • Demonstrated knowledge of specific research methods, quantitative or qualitative, and ability to communicate those methods clearly to diverse colleagues
  • 具备特定研究方法的定量,定性知识,并能将这些方法清楚地传达给不同的同事
  • Sound judgment and the ability to uphold high quality standards. Strong sense of skepticism and the ability to diagnose and articulate weaknesses in research
  • 有良好的判断力和维持高质量标准的能力。有强烈的怀疑意识以及诊断和阐明研究中不足的能力
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor staff, give constructive feedback and clearly explain the reasoning behind decisions
  • 有指导员工,提供建设性反馈并清楚地说明决策背后原因的能力
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment in a collegial fashion as part of a small, collaborative team
  • 较强的人际交往能力和抗压能力
  • International experience strongly preferred
  • 有国际经验者优先
  • Natural curiosity and interest in keeping current with the latest science and policies relevant to WRI China’s work
  • 天生的好奇心和兴趣,以随时了解与世界资源研究所中国工作相关的最新科学和政策
  • Native speaker of Mandarin, good knowledge of English. Excellent writing skills in both languages
  • 普通话为母语,英语良好。优秀的中英文写作能力


How to Apply



Submission of a cover letter and CV/resume is required.  Final candidates will be invited to provide a rapid review of a sample draft in both Mandarin and English.

请提交求职信和简历。 最终的候选人将被邀请以提供中英文样稿的快速审查。

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.



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