Engagement Specialist, Climate Resilience Practice

Communications & Engagement Washington, DC, United States


You will play an essential role in CRP’s efforts to engage diverse stakeholders to raise ambition for adaptation and translate commitments into action. You will organize events that provide a forum for developed and developing countries to share knowledge and best practice on local, regional and global solutions to deal with climate change, and serve as a focal point for engagement with country partners.

This role will also entail providing engagement and outreach support to a related initiative focused on locally led adaptation. You will assist with executing an engagement strategy that has already been developed, which includes supporting virtual events; providing recommendations for speakers, agendas, and formats; developing and assisting with communications and promotion; managing invitations and RSVPs; creating target lists of invitees; and managing the logistics of registration. Your capacity to communicate well with a diverse range of stakeholders and organize international events, as well as your experience with international development issues and interest in climate change adaptation will be critical.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but may be based in Washington, DC when the office reopens. This is a limited-term, full time position ending March 31st, 2022. However, our intention is to create a longer-term program, which would offer significant advancement opportunities to the right candidate.

Job Responsibilities
Engagement and Events Organization (40%)

  • Support CRP team in executing an engagement strategy for a coalition of governments and NGOs
  • Organize virtual and in-person international events, including routine monthly and quarterly meetings, workshops, webinars, seminars, high-level meetings, and conferences
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government, private sector, academia, and civil society
  • Manage invitations, RSVPs, speakers, agendas, and day-of support for routine meetings and key events
  • Support and expand constituent management system, including data entry, record analysis, reporting (Salesforce)

Communications (35%)

  • Coordinate, write and edit communication products such as targeted emails, regular email updates and newsletters, in close collaboration with WRI communications staff

 Administrative Support (15%)

  • Procure and oversee relevant events-related contracts and services (venues, translation, printing, catering, etc.)
  • Book travel and process expense reimbursements for staff and external partners
  • Schedule internal and external meetings and take and share notes

Project Management (10%)

  • Establish and update internal project management systems for the engagement strategy, such as Gantt charts and work breakdown structures
  • Measure and track key engagement outcomes for donor and partner reporting

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field
  • Two+ years of full-time, professional work experience in event planning, communications and/or engagement
  • Experience working in multi-stakeholder settings and communicating with stakeholders from government, business, finance and civil society
  • Excellent relationship management skills, including at a senior level and in various cultural contexts
  • Self-motivated with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure with competing demands Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Effective communicator (with an ability to inspire and influence stakeholders)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule to manage virtual events across time zones
  • Fluency in English essential; additional languages (Spanish, French) preferred
  • Experience in an NGO setting or environmental field strongly preferred
  • US work authorization required. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with personalized cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Potential Salary: $53,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Program Overview
WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP, located in the Governance Center) seeks to incentivize and support actions that enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change – in a manner that promotes sustainability and gender and social equity. We help countries integrate, or mainstream, adaptation into their development and sector planning (including budgeting) and implementation. We also help countries understand whether, when and where transformative approaches to adaptation may be needed to better manage the significant systemic adaptations that will be needed in some circumstances.

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.