Engagement Manager

Global Commission on Adaptation
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Summary

In this role, you will support the Global Commission on Adaptation in the development and execution of its global agenda and political strategy. You will play a key role in leading outreach and mobilization of the Commission’s co-leads, commissioners, convening countries, partners and other external audiences.

The Global Commission was launched in October 2018 to make the case and accelerate global action on adaptation. The Commission is led by Ban Ki-moon, Kristalina Georgieva, and Bill Gates. It is being supported by 30 Commissioners along with 17 convening countries. The Commission is co-managed by the Global Center on Adaptation and World Resources Institute.

Working closely with the leadership and staff of the Managing Partners, you will provide strategic guidance to position the Commission for greater influence. You will work closely with the Communication teams of the Managing Partners to take advantage of outreach opportunities, organize events, place commentary, and media outreach.

Job Responsibilities

Manage engagement with Commission network and collaborate with communications:

  • Manage and coordinate outreach to the Global Commission on Adaptation Commissioners, Advisors, Stakeholders, Research Partners, and Conveners, and manage these relationships in a proactive manner that enhances their engagement and coordination within the work program
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of the landscape of the Commission partnerships and identify opportunities and approaches for the Managing Partners to collaborate and coordinate with the network
  • Coordinate outreach via email communications, social media engagement, events, and other opportunities
  • Support the integration of new countries and leaders into the Commission network
  • Collaborate extensively with other staff on the Managing Partners as well as with Commissioners’ staff and their communications teams and the rest of the Commission team on strategy and implementation; and
  • Monitor and manage project deliverables such as an engagement calendar and databases

Mobilize the proactive participation of Commission network in major events, such as the UN Climate Summit, and other meetings and opportunities.

  • Support or lead on the logistics of planning, preparation, and management of engagements opportunities and events (for e.g., major report launch, roundtable discussions, other announcements)
  • Maintain and prepare engagement materials (e.g., briefing packs, PowerPoints) and talking points

Provide leadership on Commission engagement within team

  • Manage additional staff and consultants, as needed
  • Drive internal coordination on engagement issues among different parts of the Commission team
  • Contribute to building an efficient, effective and durable program

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years of related work experience, preferably related to international relations, climate change, or sustainable development
  • Master's degree (or 2 additional years of experience) in international relations, public policy, communications, business or related field; or equivalent level of professional experience
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, external communications and/or high-profile donor management
  • Track record of building successful networks. Skilled at working in a multi-stakeholder environment and bridging diverging views among stakeholders
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills a must
  • Fluency in English required. Proficiency in more than one language is desirable
  • Commitment to Commission’s mission, values, and approach
  • Ability to travel when needed

 How to Apply

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application submission. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

Over the last decade, more countries, cities, and communities have sought to protect economic growth and reduce extreme poverty by better managing the impacts of climate change. With the signing of the Paris Agreement, 192 governments agreed to a global goal on adaptation. Current mitigation commitments have reduced the trajectory of emissions to give us a chance to keep global temperature increase to 2.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Risks associated with this temperature scenario could threaten our ability to reduce poverty, develop sustainably and achieve well-being and security for all. The decisions we make today could lead us toward a more climate resilient future, or they could undermine food, water and energy security for decades to come.

 A new high-level Global Commission on Adaptation was launched in October 2018. Composed of current and former heads of government and leaders from business, philanthropy and civil society, the Commission seeks to elevate the political visibility of adaptation with a strong focus on solutions. The Commission will develop a narrative that marks a qualitative shift in the way we think about and act on adaptation. It will demonstrate that adapting to climate change improves human well-being and results in better, more sustainable economic development and security for all. It will make the case for the importance of taking climate risks into account and radically changing the way we do development. And most importantly of all, it will show the importance of ensuring that adaptation action and support reaches the most vulnerable.

 Following its formal launch in October 2018, the Commission has engaged in outreach and coalition building within the wider development and adaptation communities. It is also preparing to deliver a Flagship Report at the UN Climate Summit in September 2019. This outreach, coalition building, and report will catalyze a year of action during which Commissioners and partners will inspire governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society to enhance adaptation commitments, mobilize finance and accelerate action.

The Commission Managing Partners will be co-hosted by the Global Center on Adaptation and the World Resources Institute.

Managing Partners of the Global Commission on Adaptation Overview

The Managing Partners of the Global Commission on Adaptation are the Global Center on Adaptation in the Netherlands and the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC.

Global Center on Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation was initiated by UN Environment and the governments of the Netherlands, Japan, and the Philippines and has established partnerships with global organizations, NGOs, governments, financial institutions, knowledge institutions, and businesses to accelerate climate adaptation. The Center focuses its activities on those areas where acceleration is most needed: where action is most urgently required and where this is complementary to the work of others. It is an independent organization, working across the Global North and South, headquartered in the Netherlands.

The Center works across different sectors and cross-cutting issues to define and scale up effective climate adaptation. It does this by mobilizing and convening the global adaptation community through discussion briefs, workshops, webinars & conferences to set the global adaptation knowledge agenda. The Center recognizes and builds excellence by identifying projects for best practices and lessons learned to share tools, guidance, metrics and lessons.

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 $120 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly +800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) 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.