World Resources Institute (WRI)

Intern (Monitoring, Evaluation & Gender Mainstreaming)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description

  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 critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: Climate Change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. Internships at WRI are learning experiences designed for current students, recent graduates, and other candidates who wish to gain knowledge about a specific area of our work. We strive to attract diverse, intellectually driven candidates who have a passion for sustainability and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs. 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. NDC Partnership Overview Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. The Partnership aims to increase alignment, Coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.
  1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.

  2. Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.

  3. Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with Financial Resources.

We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership. The NDC Partnership Support Unit is comprised of over 40 staff, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany. Internship Summary This intern will play an integral role in the data and analyses components of two major cross-cutting areas of the NDC Partnership - monitoring and evaluation, and gender mainstreaming. The NDC Partnership’s 2018-2020 Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework outlines a set of key results that our members seek to attain through 2020, elaborated by corresponding key performance indicators (KPIs). The M&E system will be critical to tracking progress, ensuring responsive course corrections, and enhancing the relevance of program activities, towards the incremental achievement of results. The intern will support Data Collection, the tracking of progress for key aspects of the M&E framework, and reporting on progress. Under its 2019 Gender Strategy, the NDC Partnership commits to mainstreaming gender equality into NDCs and the climate action that members support. To facilitate this, the NDC Partnership will assist member country to access the gender-related knowledge resources and capacity building support of the Partnership’s implementing and development partners. The intern will improve the existing information resources that enable the NDC Partnership’s support to countries in a coordinated and effective manner. Learning Outcomes The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Monitoring and evaluation systems and processes
    • Assist in the development of a monitoring system, including maintenance of the central repository for Support Unit monitoring data

    • Support data collection and Analysis for specific NDC Partnership KPIs to track program progress (implemented in collaboration with staff) vis a vis the NDC Partnership’s M&E Framework, including on gender-related KPIs

    • Assist in gathering data and information, and preparing documentation for the final three-year Partnership Work Program evaluation planned for 2021.


  • Improving information resources for effective gender mainstreaming in climate action
    • Update the Mapping of gender-related programs and knowledge resources of NDC Partnership implementing and development partners, including dedicated programs and capacity building resources supporting gender-responsive climate action, available gender analyses at country level, and gender experts in different regions, and updating internal knowledge sharing boards/mechanisms to support easy information access by the Support Unit’s country and regional teams.

    • Support data extraction and analysis from the Partnership’s internal knowledge management system (kNook) related to gender in climate action.

    • Research and catalogue new gender tools and guidelines from members and partners, to add to the pool of gender-related resources on the Partnership’s Knowledge Portal.


  • Facilitating gender mainstreaming in the Support Unit’s country engagement framework
    • Assist in the tracking of progress to achieve the minimum standards as set out in the NDC Partnership’s Gender Strategy, including improving and simplifying the tracking system in line with the Support Unit’s monitoring system

    • Help surface gender-related challenges faced by staff and partners in implementing the Gender Strategy

    • Provide support on extracting concrete examples of gender equality in climate action from in-country work to be showcased as effective practices by the Partnership


  • Other activities (based on interest and need)
    • Join meetings and calls with country representatives, institutional partners, and country experts on the NDC Partnership team, gaining insight into countries’ experiences with NDC implementation.

    • Provide communications support on topics of interest, including by authoring blogs and preparing social media.


Internship Qualifications
  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and web-based communications; experience with the project management tool, Monday, would be an asset.

  • Familiarity and experience with climate change and related fields

  • Familiarity and experience with monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as with gender mainstreaming concepts is preferred

  • Ability to present complex data and information in a clear and concise manner

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Flexible, self-motivated, ability to think creatively

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Comfortable interning remotely

General Internship Requirements
  • Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.

  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas.

Compensation This is a paid internship. Duration and Location This is a full-time, six-month (24 week) internship with flexible start and end dates (October to March) based on the applicant’s availability and need for the project. This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens. WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship. How to Apply Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and Development Research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.
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