Action Track Coordinator (Local Action)

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


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Job Summary

You will manage the development of the Global Commission on Adaptation’s Action Track on Local Action and support its implementation.  This Action Track focuses on empowering local actors to develop and implement locally driven adaptation solutions that reach millions of the most vulnerable people globally by ensuring that domestic and international climate finance is accessible to support local action. You will work under the guidance of the Action Track Co-Managers and in coordination with other Action Track Coordinators. You will coordinate the development of the ‘Local Action’ Action Track by working with both a small group of influential and representative players who will be expected to lead the Action Track and the broader coalition of partners who will support it.  You will be assisting all these partners on issues of content, organization, and outreach. This may include commissioning analytic work in support of the Action Track and convening meetings of the partners. You will ensure that the Action Track sets ambitious, measurable, and achievable goals and that it has a strategy and timetable for achieving those goals. The Action Track will need to make bold new announcements either before or at the 2019 UN Climate Summit. You will also work actively with Action Track partners to secure the necessary funding.

You will be accountable to both the Global Center on Adaptation and World Resources Institute, referred to as the Managing Partners of the Global Commission on Adaptation, on delivery of the Action Track. You will be employed by the World Resources Institute, with senior oversight by both the Global Center and WRI. You are expected to travel for this position, including to Rotterdam.

This is a limited-term position with an end date of December 31, 2020.

Job Responsibilities

Working under the direction of the Action Track Co-Managers you will be:

  • Managing the development of the Action Track on Local Action, including development of an engagement strategy for Commissioners, Advisors, Convening Countries, and other key stakeholders, and identification of action track leads and core stakeholders
  • Managing the support of the Managing Partners for implementation of the Action Track on Local Action
  • Organizing, in coordination with the Commission’s Communications team and other senior staff, appropriate outreach events and opportunities for the Action Track
  • Developing high quality presentations on the Action Track for internal and external audiences 
  • Ensuring partners and other stakeholders are kept informed and engaged on the Action Track
  • Building relationships with a diverse network of relevant public and private sector actors to maintain a strong network for the Action Track
  • Undertake other tasks to support the work of the Commission, as requested

 Job Qualifications

  • Master's degree required (or two additional years of experience); minimum of 5-7 years of relevant full-time experience in climate change & adaptation issues, or climate finance
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high-quality work products
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in key issues in adaptation
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Extremely well-organized and efficient
  • Flexible, responsible, and self-motivated
  • Entrepreneurial and collaborative
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
  • US work authorization is required. WRI cannot provide sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please provide a cover letter and resume. This position is open to both full-time and part-time candidates.

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