Program Officer for Political Engagement, Secretariat of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature &...

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will be a hybrid model of remote and required in-office work 2-4 days per week.


About the Program:

The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC) (www.hacfornatureandpeople.org/home) is an intergovernmental group of more than 100 countries—co-chaired by Costa Rica and France, with the United Kingdom as Ocean co-chair— championing a global deal for nature and people with the central goal of protecting at least 30 percent of the world’s land and ocean area by 2030. The 30x30 target is a global target which aims to halt the accelerating loss of species and protect vital ecosystems that are the source of our economic security.


Job Highlight:

The Program Officer for Political Engagement will actively collaborate with HAC member countries at ministerial and sub-ministerial levels to motivate and sustain political momentum toward achieving the 30x30 target. Employed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the position will be based in Washington, DC. The HAC Secretariat is co-hosted by WRI and the Global Environment Facility.

You will report to the HAC Secretariat Director.

What you will do:

  • Maintain the visibility of the 30x30 target and ensure sufficient motivation toward its implementation, especially through political engagement and awareness-raising among governments, media, scientists, and civil society.
  • Strengthen national ambitions and strategies to reach the 30x30 target, including by advising governments on national policies and plans. Pursue trans-national political to ensure the 30x30 target is reached at the global level by 2030.


What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed Master’s degree in political science, socio-economic sciences, natural sciences, or related studies
  • Experience: You have 8+ years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience engaging senior leaders from governments
  • Experience engaging financial institutions and non-governmental organizations is a plus
  • Experience working with political negotiations and technical aspects of the Convention of Biological Diversity.
  • Experience working on issues related to nature conservation, Indigenous Peoples, or associated public policies.
  • Languages: Proficiency in written and spoken English required, with additional fluency in French and Spanish desirable.


Potential Salary:

The salary range for this position is $116,000 – $139,000 for this position based in the US.


How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter (in English) by January 31, 2023. 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 United States.
  • 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.


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