Research Analyst, Climate Program

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World Resources Institute

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London, United Kingdom

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14 days ago

This position is only for consideration in the WRI UK office. Existing UK work authorization is required at the time of application submission for the position. WRI is unable to sponsor work authorization for this position.

This position is a part-time and limited-term role through October 31, 2023

About the Program:

Climate impacts are being felt all around the world and on track to get much worse. Every year of delay and every tenth of a degree matters. Addressing climate change requires dramatic changes, which will not happen on their own. That’s where the World Resources Institute’s Global Climate Program comes in. Our role is to help businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change. We focus on ensuring near-term decisions align with the long-term goals of all people benefitting from thriving economies in a safer world. The National Climate Action Initiative focuses on helping countries achieve their Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and drive them to adopt the even more ambitious emissions reductions targets needed to avoid the worst impacts of global climate change. This is accomplished both by providing in-country technical and financial support to existing efforts, and to developing global tools and methodologies that can catalyze national climate mitigation impacts. Specific projects include Long-Term Strategies, NDC Enhancement, NDC Implementation, and the New Climate Economy. The work is closely coordinated with, but independent from, the global NDC Partnership consortium.

Job Highlight:

You will support work lead by the senior associates, and conduct independent research and quantitative analysis in support of WRI projects focused on raising national ambition toward climate mitigation targets, specifically on NDCs and long-term strategies. Working with global experts, peers in WRI’s international offices, and external partners, you will provide essential research and analysis inputs to WRI blogs, publications, presentations, and outreach efforts, and will participate in the development of WRI’s approach to NDC implementation, enhancement, and achievement of long-term or Net-Zero strategies. Using data and analysis to inform and influence a diverse set of international climate policy stakeholders, you will help improve understanding of national and global ambition for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

You will collaborate with coworkers based out of our London, Colombia, and DC office.

Your work will be supported by members of the operations teams, fellow researchers, and you will report to senior associates of the Climate team.

This position will be a hybrid model of remote and in-office.

What you will do:

Research (50% time)

  • Author or contribute to formal WRI knowledge products (e.g. reports, issue briefs, data products)
  • Author or contribute to outreach and communications efforts (blogs, presentations, infographics)
  • Contribute to research proposals, donor reports, and internal strategy documents as appropriate
  • Contribute to the development of Climate Program research and influence strategies, internal and external progress reports, and fundraising proposals

Analysis (25% time)

  • Conduct qualitative research and analysis on ambition and implementation of countries’ NDCs and long-term strategies for net-zero emissions
  • Collect and evaluate datasets and conduct data and other quantitative analysis
  • Support senior associates with research, literature reviews, and analysis

Administrative and Outreach Support (25% time)

  • Organize internal/external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other project dissemination activities
  • Liaise with external partners, including relevant governments and local research agencies, and with colleagues in other WRI offices
  • Responding to internal and external requests for information
  • Assist in project management work as needed
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, environmental studies, public policy, the natural sciences, or a related field.
  • Experience: You have 3+ years of relevant full-time work experience in related role and subject matter, including:
    • With GHG emissions data and with other data common to relevant sectors (energy, forests, agriculture, etc.).
    • Working within the Colombian climate arena
    • Knowledge of the UNFCCC negotiating process and NDC mechanism, with familiarity with national and international climate change and energy policies
    • Experience in research and the production of published knowledge products (i.e. working papers or reports)
    • In Microsoft suite, cloud- and web-based communications
    • Statistical analysis.
  • Languages: You have verbal and written proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

Opportunity summary:

Location: London, UK

Start date: Upon mutual agreement with candidate

Type of Contract: Part-time, limited-term

Length of Contract: Limited-term, end date 31 October 2023

Potential Salary: £38,026 - £45,632

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume by 3 October 2022. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us:

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.

Our culture:

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.