Program Officer for Technical Assistance & Capacity Building, Secretariat of the High Ambition Co...

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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) ( 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 Technical Assistance & Capacity Building will actively engage HAC member countries to help match the supply of technical assistance with the demand for the knowledge and capacity needed to achieve national 30x30 goals. This position identifies the capacity-building and technical needs of HAC member countries and provides avenues for meeting those needs. 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 (GEF). You will report to the HAC Secretariat Director.

What you will do

  • Identify the technical and capacity-building needs of HAC member countries
  • Promote cooperation between HAC member countries and key partners regarding protected areas and other effective conservation measures (OECMs). Partners include (but are not limited to) CBD, GEF, IUCN, UNEP, UNEP-WCMC, and WCPA, as well as CI, TNC, WCS, WWF, and national environment agencies
  • Identify experts who can assist in developing strategies for protected areas and OECMs (including site identification, designation, monitoring, financing, or any other needs identified by the coalition member countries) and connect those experts with HAC member country needs
  • Organize and host online (and where relevant in-person) training and capacity-building programs. Facilitate other forms of exchanges between HAC member countries (“peer-to-peer learning”) and between countries and relevant stakeholders to share expertise
  • Facilitate and promote engagement with Indigenous Peoples and local communities in support of 30x30 targets
  • Oversee research (and collection of existing research) on what approaches work (and don’t work) regarding nature conservation
  • Design an online, continuously updated capacity-building and knowledge sharing platform (e.g., good practice database, conservation toolbox) that supports HAC members.

What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed master’s degree in natural sciences, political science, socio-economic sciences, or related studies
  • Experience: You have 8+years of relevant professional experience
  • You have experience working with strategies for advancing place-based nature conservation
  • Experience designing and delivering technical assistance and capacity-building to government agencies in the realm of nature conservation or the environment.
  • Experience managing relationships with and between mid-level managers from government agencies and non-governmental organizations
  • Experience producing written reports and presenting findings to diverse audiences
  • Languages: Proficiency in written and spoken English required, with additional fluency in French and Spanish desirable.

Potential salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

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.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.