Research Associate, WRI Faith and Sustainability initiative

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World Resources Institute

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13 days ago

This position can be based in WRI offices in London, the Hague or Washington DC. The position is currently remote due to Covid-19 but will be required to be based in a WRI office.

Program Overview:

WRI Faith and Sustainability is an initiative that aims at supporting existing and new faith-based projects in the area of sustainability and enabling faith-based communities to identify ideas and programs that build capacity for community-level solutions to sustainability challenges. This initiative is based in WRI’s Equity Center where the needed expertise for this project currently resides. WRI’s Equity Center works to empower people and strengthen governments to build a resilient, just and sustainable future for all. The Equity Center works with governments, the private sector, civil society and the public to address issues that matter most to poor, vulnerable communities: adapting to climate change; affordable, reliable access to clean energy; environmental rights; water and air pollution; social equity; and open, responsive government.

Job Summary:

In this position you will co-manage the Science Based Targets (SBTs) for Faith project team consisting of WRI staff and an external university partner. You will ensure timely delivery of the project deliverables and provide technical advisory regarding GHG measurement and management practices. You will help scale up adoption of Science Based Target by Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) globally by presenting at external events, providing technical assistance around GHG accounting and SBTs to FBOs, managing an external advisory group, updating technical resources in response to the feedback received from FBOs.

Possible activities include:
  • Supporting a pilot program to test out Corporate GHG accounting and SBTs with a cohort of global faith-based institutions, identifying the potential for GHG emissions reductions and removals from faith-based institutions’ operations, land holdings, and financial holdings
  • Identifying additional tools and guidance that need to be developed to support FBOs to measure and manage their emissions
  • Supporting the design and facilitation of scoping workshops with FBOs
  • Managing active engagement with key WRI staff members from the Equity Center, Business Center, Forest Program, and Finance Center.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate WRI’s role in the scoping project across WRI and its partners
  • Conduct technical research and advance analysis and understanding of science-based targets, GHG measurement and management relevant to faith-based institutions
  • Produce relevant technical resources for FBOs
  • Work closely with key project partners and WRI staff to draft relevant working papers, support program design, and pilot testing and identify key resource development needs
  • Update and improve science-based targets aligned technical tools and guidance documents for faith-based institutions based on FBOs’ and external experts’ feedback
  • Oversee the production of GHG inventories and provide technical advisory for faith-based entities on their SBTs
  • Participate in internal and external meetings, calls, workshops, and other activities as needed.

Job Qualifications:

  • Education: Master’s in relevant field such as Environmental Sciences, Environmental or Energy Economics, Environmental Policy, Environmental or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years of full-time work experience related to greenhouse gas measurement and management
  • Motivated to advance research and technical work in the intersection of faith and climate
  • Experience managing staff and projects, both internally and with external partners
  • Languages: Strong analytical research skills - ability to communicate complex concepts clearly, both orally and in writing, with fluency in English, also to non-technical audiences
  • Requirements: Work authorization is required to be based in the US or the UK. Visa sponsorship is possible for staff based in the Hague.

Potential Salary:
$79,000 - $106,000 if based in Washington DC.
£53,000 - £67,000 if based in London.
€ 67,000 - € 84,000 if based in the Hague.

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by June 30th 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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 in order 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 now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, 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.