Director of Climate Change

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Sao Paulo, , BR


About WRI Brasil

WRI Brasil works closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. We focus on four critical issues at the intersection of socioeconomic development and the environment: sustainable cities, climate, and forests.

We are associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. WRI’s work spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Africa and Europe.


WRI Brasil seeks a Director for its Climate Change Program. The Director will be responsible for the Program’s overall leadership, management, outreach, and fundraising. The position requires strong vision, a strategic mindset, interpersonal skills, fundraising talent, and extensive knowledge of climate change and how it intersects with the economy, social issues, and technology, as well as forest and cities.In addition, the candidate should thrive operating in a results-focused culture. This is a challenging position that offers a unique opportunity to have a major impact on the Brazilian and the global environment and development issues.

WRI Brasil’s Climate Change Program works with governments, businesses, and civil society to advance transformative solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.


– Ensure WRI Brasil’s Climate Change Program has a compelling vision, strong research foundation, clear priorities and coherent strategy that provides development and environmental benefits;
– Keep the WRI Brasil Climate Change Program and its initiatives focused on critical issues and high-impact opportunities where WRI’s tools, analyses, and partnerships can lead to real results;
– Foster a culture of excellence in all aspects of the Program;
– Serve on WRI Brasil’s management team;
– Lead strategic planning, including development and planning of a major cross-institutional initiatives;
– Build coalitions and convene successful partnerships on climate policy research;
– Foster strong collaborative relationships with Government representatives and media, including senior government officials in relevant government ministries and department;
– Ensure the Program´s activities lead to meaningful results that promote sustainable development, and lead reporting on impacts and successes to internal and external audiences;
– Lead climate strategy development, partnership development, and fundraising efforts;
– Promote close and effective collaboration with relevant programs and center at WRI as well as with other International Offices.

– Attract, motivate, and retain world-class program staff;
– Manage staff, delegating authority, ensuring they are effective and supported, and ensuring planned deliverables and results are achieved;
– Oversee overall budgetary performance of the program;
– Engage WRI Brasil senior managers as well as peers from other WRI offices, on institutional strategic and operational issues to advance the interests of the program and of WRI as a whole;
– Review and sign-off on draft publications, blogs, press releases, and other forms of high-profile communication being developed by program staff to ensure they meet WRI’s high quality standards.

– Serve as the primary “voice” of WRI Basil’s Climate Change Program;
– Give presentations at public speaking events, national and international fora, one-on-one meetings, and within WRI;
– Write briefs, publish blogs and conduct media interviews in order to set public and private sector agendas, influence decision-maker perspectives, and communicate the Climate Change Program’s findings and recommendations.

– Actively cultivate and manage relationships with existing donors, nationally and internationally, securing renewals;
– Identify and cultivate new donors to expand the Program’s funding base;
– Write fundraising proposals and refine those written by staff;
– Mentor staff to broaden their fundraising skills, help them manage existing fundraising relationships, and cultivate new funding prospects.


The main responsibility of the Climate Director will be to develop  future and implement the current Climate Change strategy for WRI Brasil. There are several important work streams in place to be overseen by the Director of Climate, which are highlighted below:
– Lead WRI Brasil in its work with key partners to create the enabling conditions to shift Brazil towards a climate resilient, net zero emissions pathway;
– Lead WRI Brasil to support initiatives to inform a long-term strategy for the country that is in line with the Paris Agreement long-term goals to position Brazil as one of the leaders in decarbonization by 2050;
– Support building a dynamic roadmap for de-carbonization of the Brazilian economy through a multi-stakeholder group approach;
-Support improving climate governance in the country and mandatory MRV systems for GHG emissions;
– Promote adoption of practical tools with the urban, agriculture and forestry sectors to monitor GHG emissions reductions, using the GHG Protocol and other available tools;
– Support the Cities and Forest Programs in their climate related work;
– Support adoption of an adaptation strategy for WRI Brasil.

– PHD degree in the natural/environmental, economic or social sciences;
– Minimum of 15+ years’ experience in field relevant to climate change and 10+ years of program management and/or project implementation;
– At least 10 years’ experience conducting and overseeing research and mentoring junior researches;
– Demonstrated ability to successfully motivate and manage teams to reach their full potential and achieve on-the-ground results;
– Strong team player with ability to work across institutional departments/programs;
– Ability to manage effective partnerships with multiple actors (especially private sector);
– Proven ability to provide vision and superb strategic thinking skills;
– Demonstrated capability to secure funding from donors on a large scale;
– Outstanding ability to communicate clearly, passionately, and compellingly to a wide range of audiences, especially high-level decision-makers from government, the private sector, media and civil society;
– Proficiency in oral and written communications in Portuguese and English;
– Strong network of relationships and partners;
– Experience overseeing and managing budgets;
– Ability to travel, nationally and internationally, at least 25% of time.

 Preference for a São Paulo based professional.