Research Analyst, Raising National Climate Ambition

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This position is remote based in a state in the US where WRI is 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:

WRI’s Climate Program helps businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change. We focus on ensuring near-term decisions align with our long-term temperature goals so all people can benefit from a safer world and thriving economies. Since 2015, WRI’s Climate Program has worked with partners to scale up national ambition toward the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals, with a specific focus on enhancing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) (national plans up to 2030) and developing long-term strategies (national plans up to 2050). WRI’s Climate Program continues to assist and encourage countries to increase their ambition through enhanced NDCs and long-term strategies. This will contribute to the global Paris Agreement effort and the achievement of related 2030 Sustainable Development Goal outcomes.

Job Highlight:

Reporting to the Senior Associate, you will support the research, analysis, project management, partner engagement, and outreach efforts in WRI's Climate Program, focused on raising national ambition, specifically on NDCs and long-term strategies. The work will primarily focus on actions taken in major emerging economies (Argentina, Brazil, India, and Indonesia) and other countries that play an outsized role in international forum. You will help improve understanding of national and global ambition for actions to address climate change, and use data and analysis to inform and influence national policymakers and diverse set of international climate policy stakeholders. You will also support the project manager in tracking project deliverables and reporting to the funder. You will be supported by a team consisting of senior associates, research associates, project managers, and project coordinators - all working together to deepen and evolve the understanding on national progress toward addressing climate change and contribute to analysis that has a meaningful impact on how countries enhance action.

What will you do:

Research and

  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Conduct desk research and literature reviews
  • Assist with and/or co-authoring reports, briefs, and data products
  • Assist with and/or co-authoring blog posts and other communication documents
  • Present at internal meetings
  • Review knowledge products written by other researchers

Engagement and
ProjectManagement (40%):

  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities
  • Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries
  • Support day-to-day project management tasks including notetaking, drafting summaries, internal document management, and collecting information from partners on their activities
  • Track project deliverables under the supervision of a project manager
  • Draft reports and project updates to funders
  • Work with engagement and communications staff to support updates to the project website, drafting articles and infographics and reviewing social media content
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information

What will you need:

  • Education:
    You have a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, Environmental Studies, Economics, Engineering, the Natural Sciences, Public Policy, or related field
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience in related role and subject matter
  • Familiarity with national and international climate change and energy policies
  • Knowledge of the UNFCCC negotiating process a plus
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a deadline-driven professional environment
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and literature research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues.
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Languages: Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

Potential Salary:
Salary range is between57,000 and62,000 USD. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply
: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 26 January 2024. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • 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
  • 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, and 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.