Climate Transparency Project Manager

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World Resources Institute

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21 days ago

Job Summary

The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a Climate Transparency Project Manager with excellent research, management, and communication skills to help advance global climate change transparency and accountability. As Project Manager, you will oversee day-to-day implementation of multi-year projects to develop and apply guidance for assessing GHG emissions impact and tracking progress towards a just transition as part of a project with the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT). This position will oversee the development and pilot-testing of a new guide to track national progress towards equitable and just transitions to a decarbonized economy. This project will include in-country pilots in countries such as South Africa and Nigeria to improve data-collection, assessment and reporting on critical aspects of climate justice including gender equality, quality jobs, and addressing the needs of vulnerable communities.

Specific activities for this position will include day-to-day management of project timelines and milestones, engagement with partner country governments counterparts (typically climate experts within Ministry of Environment or similar), project reporting to donors, collaborating with ICAT project partners to collect feedback, and advising in-country technical expert consultants. In addition, this position will collaborate with a research team to develop appropriate indicators and methods for understanding and tracking the climate justice impacts of decarbonization. This will include desk research and review of literature and related materials, support for an internal-WRI working group on just transition concepts, and consultation with experts outside WRI.

This position is remote due to Covid-19 but can be based in any of WRI global, regional, or country offices once COVID restrictions are lifted.

Job Responsibilities

Project Management 50%

  • Lead day-to-day project management and track delivery of key activities and milestones for projects contributing to the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT).
  • Coordinate research activities with project staff and guide cooperative decision-making, providing advice and support to government counterparts in countries such as South Africa and Nigeria.
  • Oversee the monitoring of project outcomes and prepare reports to funders in collaboration with the project team.

Research and Analysis 30%

  • Working closely with other technical experts on the team, oversee the research process to develop a guide for MRV of just transitions for national governments and other actors.
  • Oversee an internal technical working group to collect feedback and validate early concepts for the guide.
  • Review existing literature and other measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) methods for just transition relevant indicators, and tracking practices that may be relevant to the guide.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance for in-country project teams and review research outputs from in-country consultants.
  • Author sections of the guide and other WRI knowledge products including articles, presentations, and other written research material, as needed.

Outreach and Engagement 20%

  • Design, organize and lead project planning for international events, technical workshops and other efforts to disseminate research, experience and lessons, advance discourse and build capacity of developing countries (1 – 3 events per year).
  • Develop and manage project webinars, in collaboration with other WRI programs and key external partners.
  • Represent WRI at meetings and workshops and communicate research with external audiences.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of full-time work experience in the environmental, climate or related fields, ideally within an international non-profit organization
  • Knowledge of climate change policy, planning, and reporting. Specific knowledge or work experience related to climate justice (procedural, distributive and/or restorative justice) preferred.
  • Familiarity and experience with just transition, climate change equity and related concepts.
  • Strong analytical and research skills and proven ability to deliver high-quality work.
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Great attention to details and ability to work well in a team, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Committed to WRI’s mission and values.
  • US work authorization required for this position

Potential Salary: $79,000 - $106,000 if based in teh United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:

The Climate Program at WRI focuses on four main areas: stepping up national climate action, advancing international climate action, tracking progress toward climate goals and supporting equity and development goals in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Our research evaluates the technical, economic and social benefits of climate action, as well as the costs of inaction. We work with national governments to design ambitious near-term climate plans that align with long-term temperature goals, and help integrate these into economic, sectoral and development plans. We help international policymakers advance climate solutions through negotiations and accords such as the Paris Agreement. We support businesses, civil society, local governments and other non-state actors as they pursue their own emissions-reduction and adaptation goals. We build tools to track global progress on fighting the climate crisis, inform good decision-making and ensure accountability for existing commitments.

WRI Overview:

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 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.

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.