Scope 3 Project Manager, Science Based Targets initiative

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Summary:

As the Scope 3 Project Manager for SBTi, and hosted by WRI, you will join a team of highly motivated individuals working with companies to set science-based targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this role, you will be a project manager and lead research, manage stakeholder processes, and author publications related to science-based and net-zero target setting incorporating value chains (scope 3). You will be part of the SBTi Technical Working Group team that includes staff members hosted by several SBTi partner organizations. The Scope 3 Project Manager reports to the SBTi Technical Work Group team lead and will also have a WRI manager for personnel matters. This is a unique opportunity to support a high-impact initiative to increase the ambition of the private sector to reduce GHG emissions.

This position is removed due to Covid-10, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted. Full-time remote working from a location in the U.S. is also a possibility.

Job Responsibilities:

Research & Knowledge (80% of time required)

  • Participate as a senior team member of the SBTi Technical Working Group Lead a comprehensive SBTi research project to update the SBTi approach to scope 3 target setting and ensure alignment with the goal of companies achieving net zero by 2050 or earlier.
  • Manage the development of updated SBTi scope 3 target setting methods, target setting tools, and target validation criteria and guidance that cover 14 categories of scope 3 emissions (category 15 for investments is excluded).
  • Manage an inclusive and balanced stakeholder process to ensure deliverables are aligned with climate science and strike the right balance of credibility and practicality
  • Lead in authoring products of the scope 3 project including research papers, procedures related to scope 3 target setting and guidance on actions to meet scope 3 targets
  • Contribute to the development of the Technical Working Group’s annual workplans and research agenda
  • Develop communications material related to scope 3 research such as presentations, case studies, blog posts and other communication documents
  • Present and represent the SBTi at internal/external meetings, conferences, events, etc.

Administrative (20% of time required)

  • Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries
  • Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other outreach activities

Job Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental or Energy Economics, Environmental Policy, Supply Chain Sustainability or related area required
  • Minimum 7 to 14 years of full -time work experience with corporate greenhouse gas management, greenhouse gas accounting, or corporate sustainability and supply chain management preferred
  • Experience managing staff and projects
  • Self-starter who is flexible to work with virtual teams, can work on numerous projects and teams simultaneously, and experience working in a loose management environment of 3+organizations ideal
  • Strong analytical research skills -ability to communicate complex concepts clearly, both orally and in writing, with fluency in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
  • Flexibility to travel (pending lifting of Covid-related restrictions)
  • US work authorization required for this position

Potential Salary:

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

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. It is focused on accelerating companies across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi):

  • Defines and promotes best practice in emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science
  • Provides technical assistance and expert resources to companies who set science-based targets in line with the latest climate science
  • Brings together a team of experts to provide companies with independent assessment and validation of targets
  • The SBTi is the lead partner of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign - an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, mobilizing companies to set net-zero science-based targets in line with a 1.5°C future.

The change has already begun and action is gaining pace. Nearly one thousand companies worldwide are leading the transition to a net-zero economy by setting emissions reduction targets grounded in climate science through the SBTi. The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets. www.sciencebasedtargets.org @sciencetargets

WRI Overview:

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 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.

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.