Research Analyst II, Natural Climate Solutions, Systems Change Lab

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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19 days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.


About the Program:



Mitigating climate change and halting biodiversity loss will require transformational change across nearly all systems — from how we generate electricity and power industry to how we grow our food and manage the world’s terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. To ensure that these transitions are just and equitable, broader shifts toward good governance, improved social equity and inclusion, and new economic paradigms must also occur — all within the next three decades. To help accelerate these much-needed transformations, Systems Change Lab is pursuing a three-pronged strategy:

Monitor systems change globally. System Change Lab’s open-data platform enables everyone, everywhere to see a complete picture of global progress: which transformational changes are accelerating, stalling, or heading in the wrong direction entirely, as well as key conditions that enable these changes. The Lab will also produce complementary annual reports that assess current efforts made toward accelerating transformations.

Identify key factors that can impede or enable systems change, and share lessons learned. While monitoring progress will reveal where transformations are accelerating, it will not shed light on why they are occurring. The Lab’s research will also focus on identifying the ingredients of systems change by partnering with experts around the world to produce analysis that not only instills greater confidence that change is possible, but also equips decision-makers with a roadmap for sparking and sustaining transformational change.

Mobilize action for systems change. Our open-data platform and research will equip existing coalitions with the information, analysis, and insights they need to identify the most impactful levers of change. We will also focus attention on transformations that have stalled or are heading in the wrong direction, convening new coalitions to support these critical transitions.

Job Highlight:



As the Natural Climate Solutions Research Analyst II, you will conduct research on the transformational changes required across forests, land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, halt biodiversity loss, and secure a more just, equitable future for all. Your analysis will be featured on Systems Change Lab’s data platform, the State of Climate Action reports (WRI’s most downloaded publication in 2021), and other knowledge products published by the Lab, WRI’s Climate Program, and partner organizations.

You should have a demonstrated track record of conducting independent research at the intersection of climate change and biodiversity; experience writing technical reports, working papers, and issue briefs, among other publications; familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methods; and a deep commitment to using science-based research findings to inform the work of governments, corporations, and civil society organizations. With support from research staff within the Systems Change Lab and WRI’s Climate Program, you will play a critical role in developing policy-relevant, cutting-edge research.



What will you do

Research and Analysis (60%):

  • Contribute research and analysis on topics related to nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.
  • Identify appropriate targets, indicators, and datasets to be featured on the Lab’s data platform that can track global progress made in accelerating the transformational changes across biomes that are required to limit global warming to 1.5°C, halt biodiversity loss, and secure a more just, equitable future for all.
  • Author, review, and contribute to the development of a wide range of knowledge productions, including the Lab’s data platform, annual assessment reports (e.g., the State of Climate Action 2022), working papers, technical notes, etc.
  • Liaise with technical experts on forests, land, freshwater, and the ocean internally and externally on research deliverables.

Project Management (30%):

  • Help coordinate the development, peer review, and production of knowledge products.
  • Support other project management duties, including developing workplans, organizing meetings with partners, and coordinating tasks across the Lab’s research team.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned at external and internal meetings, events, and other functions.

Communications and Outreach (10%)

  • Produce communications and outreach materials for Systems Change Lab, such as blog posts, presentations, and stakeholder emails.
  • Contribute research, analysis, and writing to fundraising materials.


What will you need:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or climate science, environmental or climate policy, or a related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience: A minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience in environmental, climate, or a related field
  • Experience conducting research on nature-based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation (i.e., actions that protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems to address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits).
  • Experience conducting science-based, policy-relevant research, familiarity with quantitative and qualitative methods, and demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills, with experience producing peer-reviewed papers or knowledge products of a similar caliber.
  • Experience with project planning and coordination, particularly in managing complex processes across multiple teams and/or partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Languages: You have written and verbal proficiency in English
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.


Potential Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of February 3, 2023. Applicants 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 US.
  • 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.