Knowledge Tools and Research Associate, NDC Partnership

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary:

As the Knowledge Tools and Research Associate, you will support the internal knowledge management system (the kNook), and contribute to the Support Unit’s written products, helping to share insights and lessons learned across the Partnership. In this role, you will support regular knowledge exchange with institutional members, including organizing bilateral briefings with members to present the Partnership’s model and country engagement process, share relevant insights on the kNook, and gather feedback to inform the Partnership’s Knowledge work. You will manage the NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal, this includes ensuring relevant new content from NDC Partnership members and other leading organizations are reflected and guiding strategic improvements to ensure the portal is meeting the needs of the Partnership’s primary audiences. In this position, you will reports to the Head of Knowledge Management as well as the Knowledge and Learning Director as outcomes manager, and work closely with colleagues across the Support Unit.

Job Responsibilities:

NDC Partnership Knowledge Portal (40%)

  • Work with the NDC Partnership’s web developer to oversee regular web development improvements and ensure the best possible user experience
  • Engage with users, primarily from the NDC Partnership’s Institutional and Associate members, to gather regular feedback on the usefulness of the Knowledge Portal and suggestions for improvement
  • Lead outreach and training for the Knowledge Portal, including internal training for staff, and targeted external training for select user groups
  • Produce communication and outreach materials around the knowledge portal, including blogs, social media, talking points, and webinars
  • Lead the development of Resource Briefs, based on Knowledge Portal content, to support country knowledge gaps.

NDC Partnership Knowledge Management System (30%)

  • Support the management and maintenance of the NDC Partnership’s internal knowledge management system, the kNook, through regular data input, quality control, and backend management
  • Develop knowledge products (Insight Briefs, blog posts, talking points, report inputs) drawing on trends, gaps, and opportunities identified through the kNook data
  • For selected countries, join pre-scoping calls to understand country context, ensure the accurate input of country support needs into the kNook
  • Engage with expert members to share and exchange lessons learned from knowledge management work.

Written Products (20%)

  • For selected countries, support the development of scoping reports to guide initial engagement, narrative documents to enhance Implementation Plans, and support gap summaries to help draw attention to critical support needs
  • Coordinate with the Communications team to ensure relevant knowledge products are integrated into Support Unit processes
  • Provide research support before meetings and events, coordinating and preparing talking points, briefings, and PowerPoints

Ad-Hoc Support (10%)

  • Attend internal and external meetings, taking notes and tracking follow-ups with staff and partners
  • Provide support to Knowledge and Learning events as needed, including by liaising with partners, contributing to concept notes and agendas, supporting outreach efforts, and providing logistical support

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required or a Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of additional relevant experience)
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience in development, climate change or related fields
  • Relevant experience in developing countries will be an asset
  • Detail-oriented and strong problem-solving skills
  • Proven experience in developing global knowledge products, including analytical work, reports, and related products
  • Proven experience in managing online databases or knowledge platforms
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate with teams from different countries
  • Capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
  • Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach to climate and development
  • Strong project management skills
  • Language abilities in Spanish and/or French (in addition to English) desired
  • Work authorization in the US

Potential Salary:

$59,000 - $77,000 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. 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 global coalition of countries and institutions working to mobilize support and achieve ambitious climate goals while enhancing sustainable development. Through our Partnership, members leverage their resources and expertise to provide countries with the tools they need to implement their NDCs and combat climate change to build a better future. Hosted by WRI and the UNFCCC Secretariat, the NDC Partnership has members in all regions of the world, with Support Unit staff in Washington, DC and Bonn, Germany.

The NDC Partnership’s Knowledge Portal helps countries to accelerate climate action by providing quick and easy access to data, tools, guidance, case studies, and funding opportunities. It includes five: the Climate Toolbox, the Good Practice Database, the Climate Finance Explorer, the Climate Funds Bulletin (to be launched in January 2022), and Climate Watch’s Explore NDC Content module. The Knowledge Nook (kNook) is the NDC Partnership’s internal knowledge management system. The kNook system is accessible to all Partnership members, upon request. The data in kNook are based on official requests for support submitted to the Partnership by country members, and where available, the kNook also captures details on implementing partner responses to country requests. Data are tagged by country, region, key topic, activity type, sector, etc. to enable easy access and analysis.

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.