Project Specialist, Membership & Governance, NDC Partnership

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

In this position, you will assist the Membership and Outreach workstream, which supports the governance functions of the Partnership, including processes for accepting new members, preparation of meetings of the NDC Partnership’s Steering Committee, and preparation of NDC Partnership Member Forums. The team is also responsible for institutional relationships with non-state actors and organizations that contribute to the work and mission of the Partnership. This relationship development also includes supporting the fundraising activities of the Support Unit.

Job Responsibilities

Financial Oversight & Donor Relationship (40%)

  • Assist with creating and executing paperwork related to event-related financial commitments (i.e. agreements, contracts, work authorizations, and purchase orders).
  • Assist the NDC Partnership Operations Manager in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of grants and contracts. 
  • Assist in the financial oversight of one large $5M grant including reviewing and tracking monthly expenses, budget monitoring and preparation of interim and final financial reports  
  • Oversee the input of deliverable tracking into funder specific reporting guidelines  
  • Assist in the processing of contract requests for flexible technical assistance money associated with aforementioned large grant; including overseeing organization and risk assessments with partners who are selected to receive funds, finalizing terms of reference with the project team and submitting payments 
  • Additional duties as assigned

Managing relationship with NDC Partnership Members (40%)

  • Support management of day-to-day SU relationship and communications with NDCP country, institutional, and Associate member Focal Points surrounding issues of membership, governance, and the Steering Committee.
  • Support management of membership processes for potential members, including communications with interested parties, preparation of welcome materials, Focal Point management, new member onboarding, and internal coordination.
  • Create and maintain records of members (including focal points) and potential new members to ensure accuracy on internal systems and external website.
  • Manage the Support Unit CRM system, including team licenses, addition of new contacts, ongoing contact management, and coordination of information across the internal team.
  • Support Membership manager in sharing regular updates with members and support Communications Manager in procuring information for newsletters or website updates in coordination with the Membership Associate.

NDC Partnership Governance (20%)

  • Support the organization of the NDCP Forum and Steering Committee meetings, including coordinating the preparation of meeting materials/agendas, confirming participants, arranging logistics, coordinating payments and contracts, taking minutes, and the timely submission of event-related expense reports.

Job Qualifications

  • Two+ years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong budgeting skills and experience with grants and contracts
  • Flexibility to travel internationally and work irregular schedules in order to accommodate coordination with global project partners and team members across time zones
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

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 countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible.

The Partnership aims to increase alignment, coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.

  1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.
  2. Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.
  3. Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources.

We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit is a staff of approximately 32 individuals, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

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.  

How to Apply

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

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.