World Resources Institute (WRI)

Research Analyst (Raising National Ambition)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description


In this role, you will support the research, Analysis, and outreach efforts of WRI projects focused on raising national ambition, specifically on NDCs and long-term strategies.

Your research will help improve understanding of national and global ambition for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and use data and analysis to inform and influence a diverse set of international climate policy stakeholders. You will initially play an active role in analyzing the mitigation commitments that countries put forward in 2020, and will subsequently support efforts to monitor progress towards achieving those commitments.

This is a unique opportunity to deepen and evolve your understanding of national progress toward addressing Climate Change and contribute to analysis that has a meaningful impact on how countries enhance action.

Job Responsibilities

Research & Knowledge (75% time):

  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative analysis

  • Conduct Desk Research and literature reviews

  • Assist with and/or co-author reports, briefs, and data products

  • Assist with and/or co-author blog posts and other communication documents

  • Present at internal meetings

  • Review knowledge products written by other researchers

Administrative (25% time):

  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities

  • Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries

  • Draft reports to funders

  • Respond to internal and external requests for information

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Economics, Engineering, the Natural Sciences, Public Policy, or related field

  • Minimum of 1 year of relevant, full-time work experience in related role and subject matter

  • Familiarity with GHG emissions data and with other data common to relevant sectors (energy, forests, Agriculture, etc.)

  • 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

  • Detail-oriented, well organized, and highly motivated

  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills

  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues

  • Flexibility to travel

  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position, along with your resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

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.

Over the last four years, 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 will continue work to assist and encourage countries to increase their ambition through enhanced NDCs and long-term strategies in 2020 and beyond. This will contribute to the global Paris Agreement effort and the achievement of related 2030 Sustainable Development Goal outcomes.

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 in order 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 now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico 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.

The World Resources Institute ( 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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