Associate II (Climate Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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This position can be located in any of WRI's international offices.

Program Overview

WRI has long been respected for its technical expertise and stakeholder engagement on climate action, including supporting implementation and enhanced ambition in a wide range of countries and contributing to successful international progress through the UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement process, and other fora.  This work includes assessment of options and opportunities for enhancing NDCs, including by leveraging action in key sectors and convening across many types of stakeholders and actors, including business, cities, and states.

Position Summary

In this role, you will implement a WRI initiative aimed at ensuring countries increase their climate ambition by 2020. You will track steps that countries are taking to enhance nationally determined contributions (NDCs); identify sectoral and other opportunities for countries to strengthen their NDCs; engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including national governments, on the NDC enhancement process; and develop strategies with partners to advance the enhancement of NDCs working across a wide range of countries. Additionally, you will manage day-to-day implementation of WRI’s efforts around these issues, support fundraising efforts, undertake policy research and conduct technical analyses, and engage with external experts and policymakers. You will also support work on the implementation of NDCs following 2020.  The ideal candidate is a skilled analyst and communicator with experience organizing stakeholders to advance a political strategy.


Research & Knowledge: (40% time)

  • Plan, design, and conduct policy-relevant research and analysis and contribute to relevant publications on national climate ambition under the Paris Agreement, including enhancement of NDCs
  • Identify opportunities for countries to enhance their NDCs
  • Author blog posts and other communications materials
  • Represent WRI at meetings and workshops, and communicate research with external audiences
  • Review knowledge products written by other WRI researchers

Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (35% time)

  • Liaise with and develop collaborations with external partners on advancing national climate ambition
  • Develop effective strategies for engaging with policy makers and other key stakeholders
  • Proactively identify and leverage opportunities presented by key international processes and moments to focus attention on national climate ambition
  • Design and implement roundtables, workshops or other convening events with stakeholders

Program Development (15% time)

  • Lead the development of five- to six-figure fundraising proposals
  • Support additional fundraising efforts as needed
  • Manage and build relationships with donors

Program/Project Management (10%)

  • Project-manage grants in the five- to six-figure range, including ensuring timely deliverables and cultivating funder relationships
  • Independently manage small contracts, including budget planning and deliverables
  • Complete institutional and donor reporting
  • Set and clarify priorities for team members
  • Supervise junior researchers and interns

Additionally, in keeping with WRI’s commitment to gender equity across our programs, you will also be required to identify relevant gender issues, as determined through a gender analysis, and ensure adequate and effective attention to these issues in project and partner development, budgeting and management.

 Job Qualifications

  • Five+ years relevant, full time work experience
  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience
  • Strong analytical research skills
  • Significant knowledge of climate policy, including international processes and national climate policy
  • Ability to liaise effectively and build partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders and policy makers
  • Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to travel when needed, at least 15% time
  • English required, and strong English writing skills

How to Apply 

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