Events and Marketing Associate, NDC Partnership

Communications Washington, District of Columbia


Job Summary

The NDC Partnership seeks a dynamic communications/events professional to develop and implement an events strategy for our Support Unit. Reporting to the NDC Partnership Communications Manager, you will play a leading role in logistical planning for events; proactive planning and implementation of creative and comprehensive communications strategies for events including press, social media, and multimedia outreach; and frequent and close collaboration with members and other key stakeholders to identify and maximize outreach opportunities throughout the year. You will be the primary keeper of the events calendar for activities carried out in the NDC Partnership’s name and work closely with staff across the Support Unit, member countries and institutions, associate members, and other key stakeholders to ensure that events are well-aligned with the our overall goals, Communications strategy, and branding guidelines to increase the Partnership’s visibility and impact.

The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, self-starter with a strong track record of managing high-profile events which incorporate effective and innovative communications and outreach strategies. You must have solid experience working with partner organizations, be extremely organized and diligent, as well as passionate about tackling climate change and enhancing sustainable development in countries across the globe. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for events to increase visibility of the NDC Partnership and strengthen relationships among its member countries and institutions, associate members, and other key partners.
  • Lead coordination on behalf of the NDC Partnership to identify and participate in strategic event and outreach opportunities, maximizing involvement of members and associate members and identifying ways to boost the NDC Partnership’s visibility and brand. Coordinate closely with organizers around participation for those events not planned directly by the Support Unit to maximize visibility and impact.
  • Propose and develop events and outreach activities for the NDC Partnership to be carried out directly by the Support Unit for the broader membership, including the annual member Forum and participation at sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP). Support thematic events organized by different work units of the Support Unit to maximize communications opportunities and ensure adherence to brand guidelines.
  • Design and execute creative communications strategies to support events and outreach activities, including through press briefings, social media, and multimedia tactics, in close coordination with other members of the Support Unit’s Communications team.
  • Create and maintain an events calendar for the NDC Partnership, which captures innovative opportunities to highlight the NDC Partnership’s work and ambitious climate and development action by its member countries and institutions.
  • Propose speakers and stories to feature from across the NDC Partnership to highlight collaborative efforts of members and commitment to climate and development action across sectors. Identify high-profile opportunities to make strategic use of member countries and institutions to highlight their work.
  • Ensure required communications materials, presentations, and talking points are prepared for all relevant stakeholders, leading coordination among staff members and developing these directly where appropriate, always ensuring overall quality control and adherence to brand guidelines.
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success, and help adapt strategies to grow and improve results over time.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years of full-time, relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism or communications with a salient link to climate, environmental or international development issues strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree in communications, public relations, environmental studies or related preferred, or bachelor’s degree with 2 additional years of work experience required
  • Detail-oriented and creative communications professional with event planning and outreach experience
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of events, and incorporate creative communications and outreach tactics strategically and effectively
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of event-based outreach work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high-quality work products
  • Proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of high-profile events, including with governments and/or large international institutions
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate creative communications tactics around events, including through marketing, press outreach, social media and other specialized communications skills
  • Experience working across partner organizations to achieve a common objective
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with international partners and colleagues
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communications skills and attention to detail
  • International experience or language skills, especially in French or Spanish, preferred
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media preferred

How to Apply

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

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 governments and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. The Partnership helps its member countries meet and exceed their commitments by facilitating access to tools, expertise, finance, best practices and other resources.

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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

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 ( 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.