Agricultural Climate Adaptation Specialist

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

Program:Governance Center

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Regular full-time

About WRI

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues. In January 2016, WRI was again named the #1 environmental think tank in the world in a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s ‘2015 Global Go To Think Tanks index’.


This position will play a major role in researching, coordinating and writing a series of papers identifying needs, priorities and most useful approaches for international climate finance to help agriculture adapt to climate change in developing countries. The project that this position will contribute to is designed to assist people in developing countries to succeed in living healthy, productive lives as the global climate changes – which will require major financial investments to build climate resilience. Specifically, the project aims to identify the best opportunities for increased finance to adaptation in agriculture by global funders and to improve the quality and effectiveness of these investments. It will do this by conducting research on transformative approaches to adaptation in the agriculture sector and using the resulting knowledge to inform global climate finance policies and programming.

The Research Analyst II will be the primary researcher and play a major writing role in separate papers dealing with livestock, crop breeding, and irrigation and water use. The researcher may also contribute to a paper dealing with farmer information systems. Each paper may have a special focus on either Ethiopia or the Indian state of Odisha which are case study locations for the project. For some or all of the papers, we will also solicit involvement by two to three additional scholars around the world as contributing authors, and the Research Analyst II will help to coordinate their contributions. He/she also will assist with management of events and the production of publications intended to channel the research findings into guidance documents for global adaptation funders and policy makers. The papers will be prepared and disseminated over two and a half years. The position is available for approximately 30 months and the person filling this position should be willing to commit to such a period for continuity; however, the position could possibly be extended depending on funding availability.

The position will be located within WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP) and supervised by the CRP Project Manager, but research will be conducted in close collaboration with a Senior Fellow at WRI. You may also contribute research expertise other areas of CRP. CRP was recently established, building from the past work of WRI’s Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative. The practice is expected to grow significantly over the coming years and to increasingly intersect with work in WRI’s Food, Forests, Water, Climate, and Cities Programs. The practice currently has seven core staff members based in the US and India. Africa is anticipated to be an area of growth. We also collaborate closely with colleagues in WRI’s Finance and Economics Centers and increasingly with colleagues at WRI Brasil.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity and poverty reduction across our program portfolios. As such, the Research Analyst II will support attention to gender and poverty issues where appropriate.


The Research Analyst’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Knowledge (80% of time required)

  • Conducting literature reviews, including identifying literature on relevant gender and poverty issues, and qualitative or quantitative analysis.
  • Drafting reports.
  • Co-authoring knowledge products (e.g. reports, briefs, data products, etc.), ensuring attention to relevant gender and poverty issues.
  • Contributing to research proposals.
  • Presenting at internal/external meetings.
  • Co-authoring blog posts and other communication documents, incorporating attention to relevant gender and poverty issues.
  • Reviewing one to two knowledge products written by other WRI researchers yearly.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Administrative (20% of time required)

  • Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities.
  • Liaising with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree combined with a minimum of 2 years of work experience in a relevant field. Master’s degree or PhD preferred.
  • Prior experience in agriculture and/or climate resilience, along with an understanding of current research issues in these areas, preferred.
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills.
  • Prior experience in analyzing and writing research products of various types.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Relocation reimbursement not available for this position. 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at 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.

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