Associate II, International Climate Action

Program Management Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary:

As the Associate, you will manage projects, publications, and partnerships as a senior member of the International Climate Action Initiative (ICA) housed within the Global Climate Program. In this position, you will support the development of research topics, contribute to research reports and communication materials, and lead external partnerships to support, enhance, and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

You will be involved in significant projects and partner management, as well as research focused on adaptation and loss and damage issues and mechanisms to strengthen climate action in climate negotiations, increasing climate ambition and transparency in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America, and other priorities of the ICA Initiative. Your other critical responsibilities include engaging with key stakeholders, tracking and reporting on relevant developments in this climate space, drafting key knowledge products, maintaining shared knowledge systems, and using project management tools.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted with the possibility to be continued as remote.

Job Responsibilities:

Research & Knowledge (40% time)

  • Plan and deliver research and analysis relevant to UNFCCC negotiations and implementation of the Paris
  • Agreement, especially on adaptation and loss and damage, the Global Stocktake process, scaling up finance, increasing climate ambition, and capacity building on transparency processes in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
  • Identify opportunities for countries to enhance adaptation and loss and damage elements in their NDCs,
  • National Adaptation Plans, Biennial Transparency Reports, and strengthen climate policies
  • Act as lead author on working papers, blogs and presentations on issues relevant to WRI’s international climate strategy, especially to support flagship projects such as ACT2025.
  • Track and analyze UNFCCC decisions, proposals, and positions from developed and developing countries on issues of adaptation and loss and damage, and other key issues relevant to implementation of the Paris Agreement

Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (40% time)

  • Represent WRI at meetings and workshops and communicate research with external audiences
  • Co-manage a consortium of organizations from developing countries working to achieve a balanced, ambitious, and equitable outcome for the UN climate negotiations in 2022 and beyond
  • Liaise with and develop collaborations with external partners and policymakers on advancing national climate ambition in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia
  • Develop effective strategies for engaging with policy makers and other key stakeholders on priority UN climate negotiation issues, including adaptation, loss and damage, the Global Stocktake, and represent WRI in key alliances
  • Manage roundtables, workshops, information sessions, conferences, dinners, dissemination activities or other internal or external convening events with stakeholders in order to support ICA’s strategies
  • Engage with WRI International Offices and external partners on relevant topics supporting WRI strategy and objectives
  • Identify and leverage opportunities presented by key international processes and moments for engaging with stakeholders and communicating WRI research

Project Management and Development (20% time)

  • Project-manage grants, including ensuring timely deliverables and cultivating funder relationships
  • Independently manage small contracts, including budget planning and deliverables
  • Contribute to fundraising and stewardship activities
  • Complete institutional and donor reporting
  • Supervise junior researchers and interns
  • Oversee project management activities, including the monitoring and evaluation of projects and contracts, the preparation of publication plans, budget development, and financial management. Independently manage project contracts and subgrants, including oversight deliverables, financial performance, and robust efforts to procure inputs from diverse and impacted perspectives
  • Support fundraising and stewardship activities across ICA and WRI matrix
  • Manage internal and donor reporting for grants and outcomes, and contribute to strategic planning
  • Supervise WRI research staff and interns as appropriate.

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of full-time work experience in the environmental, climate or related fields, ideally within an international non-profit organization
  • Significant knowledge of climate change issues, as well as expertise and experience in international climate policies, tracking of climate negotiations, issues of adaptation, loss and damage, and relevant mechanisms under the UN climate change convention
  • Experience working on national climate policies, policy-making processes, and overall political economy in one of ACT2025’s focus countries strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively, and build partnerships and consortiums with a wide range of stakeholders and policymakers around the world
  • Experience as a developing country Party or Observer delegate in the UN climate negotiations preferred
  • Strong analytical and research skills and proven ability to deliver high-quality work
  • Excellent writing, editing, oral communication skills, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills. Experience in blog posting is a plus
  • Great attention to details, strong organizational skills, flexibility, ability to work well in a team, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines with minimal direction and supervision
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • US work authorization is required for this position

Potential Salary:

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

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must
apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:

The WRI Climate Team works to foster international collaboration to drive greater climate ambition. We engage with a diversity of stakeholders across developing and developed countries and all sectors of society to achieve ambitious and just outcomes that promote a prosperous, low-carbon and resilient future for all. This includes offering analysis and tools to help countries strengthen their national climate plans and adopt net-zero long-term climate strategies under the Paris Agreement. We also provide resources to educate climate negotiators and civil society about the best ways to structure elements of the Paris Rulebook. WRI also addresses encourages cooperative initiatives between national governments, businesses and cities to advance climate action, encourage multilateral development banks to provide greater finance for climate action in developing countries and facilitate stronger bilateral cooperation on climate change. The Allied for Climate Transformation by 2025 (ACT2025) was established to support this critical mission. ACT2025 is a
consortium of thought leaderscommitted to addressing these challenges by informing and influencing the UN climate negotiations. The consortium convenes key stakeholders to identify and agree on how to design just and ambitious outcomes at these negotiations — particularly at COP26 and COP27 — that will rebuild trust, fostersolidarity and drive greater climate action on the ground.Theultimate goalis to promote a prosperous, low-carbon and climate-resilient future for all. 

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, water, sustainable 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 in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United 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.