Scope 2 Research Associate

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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22 days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States, where WRI is a 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.

the Program:

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the world’s leading authority and international standard setter on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting. Over 92% of Fortune 500 companies that report emissions data to CDP use the GHG Protocol to do so. Building on a 20-year partnership between World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organizations to develop greenhouse gas accounting standards, guidance, tools and training for companies, countries and cities to track progress towards their climate goals.

The GHG Protocol has begun a process to determine the need and scope for additional guidance building on the existing set of corporate GHG accounting and reporting standards for scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions. Additional guidance will be designed to support and enhance implementation of the GHG Protocol standards. Furthermore, a key focus will be to ensure harmonization and alignment with accounting rules under development through major disclosure initiatives including the US Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC), European Commission (e.g. EFRAG), and others.


In this role, you will support the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Scope 2 Guidance revisions process as a member of the GHG Protocol Team, housed within the global Climate Program at WRI, and closely working with the WRI and WBCSD secretariat team. As a Scope 2 Research Associate, you will help facilitate the overall development of the revised Scope 2 Guidance through technical research and analyses on energy markets and carbon accounting methodologies and practices; evaluation, understanding, and critical assessment of Stakeholder’s proposals and feedback; and supporting the overall global stakeholder review and update process. The position will involve significant design and implementation of research focused on existing and proposed Scope 2 accounting methods and issues, including linkages and interactions between Scope 2 accounting and other GHG Protocol standards and guidance, target setting programs such as the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and financial risk disclosures such at the proposed the US Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) rules, European Commission (e.g., EFRAG) programs, and others.

You will coordinate with and leverage expertise from relevant WRI programs including the Energy Program and Business Center and with WBCSD (GHG Protocol co-convener). Additionally, you will engage with a diverse group of stakeholders from businesses, governments, researchers, and other interested parties.

You will work closely with WRI’s Scope 2 Senior Manager and GHG Protocol Director and serve as part of the GHG Protocol secretariat team.

This position is fully remote.

What you will do:

Market Analysis (50% time)

  • Undertake analysis of energy market trends, including renewable energy markets, and incorporate key findings into the evaluation and vetting of stakeholder comments and proposals to help inform and guide the Scope 2 Guidance revisions
  • Perform critical assessments and prepare summarizations of extensive stakeholder feedback to help facilitate the development of a revised Guidance and pilot testing in a variety of countries
  • Plan and deliver high quality and impactful research within WRI and externally on market-informed Scope 2 accounting issues and new areas of Scope 2 accounting development

Strategy Development (20% time)

  • Working closely with the GHG Protocol secretariat, help develop and define GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance revision objectives, revision strategies, and partnership plans
  • Engage with key stakeholders and target audiences through presentations, stakeholder workshops, and webinars regarding Scope 2 Guidance revisions

Protocol Content Development (15% time)

  • Undertake research and synthesis to develop and refine Scope 2 accounting methods aligned with GHG Protocol accounting principles
  • Draft background notes, discussion notes, proposals, chapter text to guide Scope 2 Guidance revisions
  • Support GHG Protocol research and strategy, including reviewing publications for sign-off, providing technical support, and scoping and supporting new areas of work
  • Facilitate the GHG Protocol’s education and training programs to improve adoption and practice of the Standards

Project Operations (15% time)

  • Respond to inquires and questions regarding interpretation and application of current GHG Protocol requires
  • Support the Scope 2 Senior Manager with other duties as assigned, perform special short- and long-range assignments/projects as directed

What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed Masters or Bachelors degree.
  • Experience: You have 7+ years of full-time relevant work experience in GHG accounting, energy markets, energy policy, and/or related fields. Knowledge and experience of GHG accounting, for the energy sector or Scope 2 accounting and reporting; knowledge and experience of life cycle assessment is a plus
  • Experience working with a wide range of stakeholders
  • You have experience with applying strong analytical and research skills and proven ability to deliver high-quality work
  • You have experience with independently managing competing priorities under tight deadlines
  • Knowledge and experience of energy procurement mechanisms and/ or energy development financing is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience of energy policy, energy regulatory, and/ or legal programs is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience of financial accounting and/ or financial risk assessment is a plus
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency required Additional languages considered a plus
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

Potential Salary: $79,000-$106,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of September 30th, 2022. 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.

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