Climate Strategy Research Analyst, WRI
As the Climate Strategy Research Analyst, you will support technical research on approaches and best-practices related to implementing a decarbonization transition to net-zero GHG emissions by mid-century. In this position, you will work as part of a research team preparing a compendium of case studies. Your specific activities will include preparation of research and project materials, conducting desk research, drafting content and reviewing, compiling and editing draft input for the compendium. Additionally, you will support overall project management and outreach and engagement during the project which may require helping to coordinate schedules and timelines, preparing presentation materials, and drafting articles or other public-facing products.
This position is a term-hire through December 2022 with the possibility of long-term extension as funding permits.
This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.
Research and Analysis 60%
- Working closely with a technical team, the research analyst will support background desk research and conduct a literature review on frameworks for assessing credibility and actions that provide confidence that governments are committed to, and working toward, long-term goals
- Synthesize feedback from a technical working group to identify key elements of credible net-zero commitments, based on the literature
- Gather examples of approaches and best-practices for consideration as possible case studies
- Prepare summary materials and distill key literature and research inputs for review and discussion among the research team
- Support the review and editorial process for key knowledge product
- Contribute to high-quality and pertinent WRI knowledge products including research papers, reports, blogs, presentations, and other written research material
Project Management 30%
- Support day-to-day project management including scheduling meetings, and keeping track of delivery of key activities and milestones for the development of research products
- Prepare meeting materials and presentations and support note-taking and summary reports
- Oversee the monitoring of project outcomes and prepare reports to funders
Outreach and Engagement 10%
- Support external meetings and events, technical workshops and other efforts to collect feedback and input on research
- Contribute to presentation materials and articles to disseminate research results
- Represent the project at internal meetings
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, climate change, energy planning, or related field
- Minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience in the environmental, climate or related fields, ideally within an international non-profit organization
- Knowledge of and practical experience (work or classroom) on climate change policy and planning, the UN climate change convention and its obligations, transformational change, and/or climate change governance
- Strong analytical and research skills and proven ability to deliver high-quality work
- Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills
- Great attention to details and ability to work well in a team, manage multiple priorities, and work under tight deadlines
- Committed to WRI’s mission and values
- US work authorization is required for this position
46,000 – $60,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
WRI works with policymakers, businesses, civil society and other decision-makers to adapt to climate impacts and build a zero-carbon future. The Climate Program at WRI focuses on four main areas: stepping up national climate action, advancing international climate action, tracking progress toward climate goals and supporting equity and development goals in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Our research evaluates the technical, economic and social benefits of climate action, as well as the costs of inaction. We work with national governments to design ambitious near-term climate plans that align with long-term temperature goals, and help integrate these into economic, sectoral and development plans. We help international policymakers advance climate solutions through negotiations and accords such as the Paris Agreement. We support businesses, civil society, local governments and other non-state actors as they pursue their own emissions-reduction and adaptation goals. We build tools to track global progress on fighting the climate crisis, inform good decision-making and ensure accountability for existing commitments. And we work with thought leaders around the world to accelerate adaptation efforts that will help vulnerable communities build resilience against climate impacts.
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.
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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.
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