Agriculture Research Associate, China Food and Nature Resources Program

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World Resources Institute

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Beijing, China

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30+ days ago


WRI China is seeking a Research Associate to support the China Food and Natural Resources Program. The major responsibilities of the Research Associate are to lead the engagement with multi-stakeholders, the research on China’s agriculture sector and its interlinkages with global agendas (e.g. climate, biodiversity, SDGs, etc.) , and provide support to deliver ensured outputs and outcomes.

Job Summary

The Research Associate will play a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies of WRI China’s Food and Natural Resources Program with a focus on reducing GHG emissions from the agriculture sector to contribute to the carbon peaking and carbon neutrality targets.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the research together with project partners and WRI global teams on technical and policy measures to advance the agriculture sector’s contribution to China’s carbon peaking and carbon neutrality targets;
  • Develop and maintain trust-based relationships across main stakeholders of China’s food sector including decision-makers, private sector, financial institutions, academia, and NGOs, etc.;
  • Monitor and ensure the delivery of research and agriculture carbon neutrality projects with high quality;
  • Read and summarize latest peer-reviewed literature about agriculture technologies and practices that reduce climate impacts;
  • Write issue briefs, working papers, blogs, and other knowledge products in Chinese and English;
  • Prepare and draft fundraising proposals for food-related projects;
  • Organize external events, workshops, conferences, and other project dissemination or capacity-building activities, etc.;
  • Provide mentorship to junior staff/researchers and help on developing team knowledge and capabilities on food and land-related topics.

Job Qualifications

  • 5~8 years of highly relevant, full-time work experience in agriculture production and/or agriculture/climate/environment nexus or related fields. Knowledge and networks on agricultural production are a plus.
  • Master’s degree in agriculture/food/environment/land use/nature resources or related fields. PhD degree is a plus.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and external communication skills.
  • Impact-oriented problem solver and team collaborator.
  • Entrepreneurial for driving sustainable agriculture and/or environmental conservation
  • Excellent research skills, with strong quantitative analytical skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin and English, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Strong academic ethic.
  • Strong team spirit, and ability to handle multiple priorities, take initiative and deliver under tight deadlines.

How to Apply

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

Finalist candidates will be required to take a written test.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Duration: Full-time

Location: Beijing, China

About WRI China

WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first international office. Currently, WRI China has more than 30 full-time staff members working on Climate & Energy, Sustainable Cities, Green BRI, and Food & Land. We engage with businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions for sustainable development and “ecological civilization”. WRI China recently registered as a foreign NGO under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

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