Associate, UN Climate Finance

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Summary:

As the Associate, you will support the Center’s work on climate finance and serve as a key subject matter expert on the financial architecture serving the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In this position, you will contribute to program management and the development of high-quality research products that are designed to influence targeted audiences. Your main responsibilities will include research and analysis to advance the Finance Center’s work on the intergovernmental negotiations, the multilateral climate funds, and accelerating the provision and mobilization of climate finance for developing countries in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement; program management to help oversee relationships with partner research organizations and supervise the work of junior researchers; and outreach and communications to effectively communicate related research and analysis to external audiences.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Responsibilities:


Research and Analysis (70% of time)

  • Plan, design and conduct policy-relevant research, analysis, and writing on relevant aspects of climate finance
  • Conceive and produce high-quality, high-impact reports, issue briefs, case studies, and articles
  • Develop tools and analysis that enable policymakers and stakeholders to make informed decisions about climate policy
  • Participate in internal and external peer review processes for publications and papers

Project Management and Development (20% of time)

  • In collaboration with senior level staff, manage projects or discrete components of large projects, including planning and implementing project research
  • Supervise the work of junior researchers and interns
  • Manage relationships with partner research organizations
  • Support fundraising efforts, including the development of project proposals and concept notes
  • Monitor and manage project deliverables and milestones, project budget performance as relevant, and internal and donor reporting

Outreach and Communications (10% of time)

  • Communicate WRI research and analysis with external audiences
  • Represent WRI at conferences, workshops and other events
  • Design and implement WRI roundtables, workshops or other convening events with key stakeholders
  • Liaise with and develop collaborations with external partners, including research institutes, non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies

Job Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant, professional work experience related to climate policy
  • Technical expert in the field
  • Deep familiarity with international climate policy processes and the UNFCCC negotiations
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills; ability to effectively communicate insights from technical research to non-technical audiences both verbally and in writing
  • Self-motivated and resourceful with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, detail-oriented, and work under tight deadlines
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues
  • Promotes a culture of teamwork
  • Ability to travel

Potential Salary:

$59,000 - $77,000. 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 mission of WRI’s Sustainable Finance Center is to promote the shift of finance away from environmentally unsustainable activities and toward sustainable ones. We do this through the production of data-driven, policy-actionable research and knowledge products and by convening coalitions of key stakeholders that can drive action on the ground. Our team is multidisciplinary and brings together experience from academia and the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Finance Center supports the rest of WRI as we seek to tackle WRI’s Global Challenges. We do so through deep, multi-year partnerships with a subset of WRI Programs, through cross-cutting activities designed to influence financial institutions and markets, and through the provision of tailored technical advice to WRI’s programs and international offices.

Our work is structured around five key themes:

(1) financing NDC implementation,

(2) “greening” private sector finance,

(3) strengthening public financial institutions,

(4) encouraging the U.S. and China to be sustainable finance champions, and

(5) UN Climate Finance.

The Finance Center’s work on climate finance at the UN System, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and multilateral climate funds focuses on strengthening key policies and governance elements to promote a stronger climate finance regime, especially one that works for poor and vulnerable countries.

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 1,000+ 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.