Program Associate - China Office

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ClimateWorks Foundation

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Beijing, China

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30+ days ago


About the Organization

ClimateWorks Foundation is a global organization committed to our mission: to end the climate crisis by amplifying the power of philanthropy. Since our founding in 2008, we have awarded over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 600 organizations advancing climate solutions around the world. We helped grow the field of climate philanthropy to where it stands today, establishing infrastructure, global networks, and momentum for continued growth. Through our Global Programs and Services, we equip philanthropy with global knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress.

Scaling solutions: Our collaborative Global Programs — focused on solution areas including carbon dioxide removal, cooling, industry, transportation, and more — produce results that are bending the greenhouse gas emissions curve. From the U.S. to Europe, China, Brazil, and beyond, we collaborate with a diverse community of funders, NGOs, and climate leaders to accelerate just and equitable climate solutions.
Guiding and supporting funders: Our Global Services provide funders with comprehensive resources to assess, build, evolve, and execute high-impact climate-giving strategies. Our Global Intelligence service equips funders and the climate community with climate insights to pinpoint opportunities for impact and philanthropic insights to help identify investment priorities. We facilitate Global Collaborations that enable funders to increase individual and collective impact. Our Global Grantmaking services enable funders to invest in climate solutions around the world.
Fostering collaboration, exploration, and growth: Our collaborative approach and commitment to learning ensures that we continuously explore innovative ideas and emerging opportunities — all with the aim of scaling philanthropy-supported initiatives to help end the climate crisis.

As experts in climate science, public policy, economic and social analysis, and strategic philanthropy, ClimateWorks’ staff understands the multi-faceted challenges and opportunities of climate change. We are researchers, strategists, collaborators, and grantmakers who care passionately about our mission. For more information, please visit

Job Summary

The Program Associate provides high-level project support to the work of the ClimateWorks Beijing Office recently established to advance climate action and philanthropy in China. The office will collaborate closely with a number of ClimateWorks programs, including Clean Air Power and Clean Air, Industry, Sustainable Finance, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Clean Cooling and Transportation. The Associate helps to scope and make grants, support the team in organizing meetings and preparing materials, including reports and presentations, that help to support funder learning.

Essential Tasks
Support to develop a comprehensive review of current status and trends of climate actions in China and identify key challenges and opportunities in further advancing implementation of China’s commitment on achieving climate neutrality before 2060 in the areas of clean energy transition and subnational actions.
Support research and consultation informing the development and refinement of the strategy of CWF Beijing Office.
Help identify potential grantees and develop a pipeline of grants and contracts to support objectives of the Office.
Work with grantee partners on all stages of the grantmaking process, from request for proposal to reporting.
Support ongoing collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders in China and other funders, supporting different elements of the energy transition and subnational actions in China.
Assist with the editing and production of grant reports, communication materials, and other content as necessary. This will include responsibility for producing quarterly briefing memos for partners on political, economic and other developments and trends that are shaping the energy transition in China.
Assist in the planning and execution of events for partners, either virtual or in person.
Assist in scheduling meetings as needed.
Other duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant will have the following minimum qualifications:

3-5 years’ experience in a program support role
BA degree or equivalent (environmental science and/or policy coursework preferred)
Excellent written and oral communications skills in both English and Chinese
Ability to initiate and manage projects
Powerful attention to detail and exceptionally strong organizational skills
Excellent research and analytical skills
Experience working in service to broad range of clients and stakeholders
Good personal and interpersonal communications skills
Competence in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and numerous databases
Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision both virtually and in-person
Ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task
Experience with, or aptitude for working with support staff and interns
Passion for environmental and social issues
Commitment to the mission and values of ClimateWorks Foundation
Ability to work effectively and efficiently (both virtually and in-person) with minimal supervision
Commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment

The following skillsets are a plus to the application:
Experience working in nonprofits or foundations
Experience working with grants and budget management
Experience in communications outputs and planning high-quality events

ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience (geographic differential applied based on location).


This position will be based in ClimateWorks’ Beijing office.

Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

At ClimateWorks Foundation, we are driven by our vision of creating a thriving planet for all living beings for generations to come. We aim to foster an inclusive workplace that values diverse lived experiences and emphasizes the voices of marginalized people — especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color — who are most vulnerable to climate impacts, and whose voices, ideas, and leadership are crucial to winning the climate fight.

To ensure that we are making meaningful progress, we have made a set of diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments across all dimensions of our work to further our mission and realize our vision. For more information, please visit: Fostering Racial and Social Justice in Pursuit of our Mission

To Apply

ClimateWorks Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool. The Foundation recognizes diversity as an asset essential to accomplishing its work and views diversity as encompassing differences in race and gender/gender identity, as well as age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, job skills, education, and geographic location. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter. This position will remain open until filled.