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Director, Outreach and Partnerships, NDC Partnership Support Unit

Program:Climate Program

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Regular full-time

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Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)to climate action. The NDC Partnership, a new coalition of governments, international institutions and civil society groups, co-chairs by the governments of Germany and Morocco, is helping countries meet and exceed their commitments by facilitating access to analysis, tools, expertise, finance and other resources. The Partnership seeks a highly knowledgeable climate and development leader to create an NDC Partnership Support Unit hosted by World Resources Institute.

The NDC Partnership seeks a Partnerships Director to guide the development of a robust and vibrant community of stakeholders working with and through the Partnership.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, the Director is expected to incorporate attention to gender where appropriate.


The Director's main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Develop and execute the overall partnership strategy for the NDC Partnership

Summary: Develop the approaches to and opportunities for collaboration in a manner that enhances the overall impact of all parties and avoids duplication

  • Develop an outreach and partnering strategy for the NDC Partnership in coordination with the Global Director and other senior members of the Support Unit.
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of the landscape of NDC Partnership-related initiatives and identify opportunities and approaches for the NDC Partnership to add value and enhance the collective impact of all actors.
  • Develop channels for ensuring that the knowledge and learning generated within the NDC Partnership is shared with and used by other related networks and organizations.
  • Lead, with support from the Global Director and Special Representative, the fund-raising approach for the NDC Partnership, including securing in-kind contributions.
  • Develop, in collaboration with the Country Engagement Director, a network of support and knowledge providers that can ensure the ability of the NDC Partnership to be responsive to country needs.

Mobilize the active engagement of Partners

Summary: Develop the mechanisms and channels that will allow the diverse group of partners that comprise the NDC Partnership to feel engaged and communicate effectively with each other to advance their shared vision and ambition

  • Create engagement opportunities that build a vibrant community of Partners who understand and value the benefits of involvement in the NDC Partnership.
  • Organize meetings of the NDC Partnership bodies (such as the Core Consultative Group), including coordinating development of agendas and other preparations necessary for a successful meeting.
  • Organize annual ministerial meetings for NDC Partnership partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Oversee the involvement of new countries and organizations into the NDC Partnership and identify ways to deepen the value proposition of the Partnership.
  • Develop channels (e.g., workshops, forums, webinars, etc.) to secure feedback to the NDC Partnership on its current and future activities.

Provide leadership to the Partnerships team

Summary: Ensure Support Unit has strong Partnerships building capacity

  • Manage a team of staff and consultants, including performance management, staff recruitment, etc.
  • Drive internal coordination amongst different parts of Support Unit to ensure consistent and seamless relationship management with external parties.
  • Serve on the executive team of the NDC Partnership Support Unit.
  • Prepare annual work plan and budget for the Partnership team.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 15+ years of experience, including work related to delivering development or technical assistance in a developing country context preferred.
  • Minimum 8+ years experience in program management or project leadership.
  • Minimum 5-7 years direct experience working in developing countries.
  • Advanced degree in related field required.
  • Track record of building successful partnerships amongst multiple organizations.
  • Skilled at working in a multi-stakeholder environment and bridging diverging views amongst stakeholders.
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.
  • Demonstrated skills in mobilizing financial and in-kind resources.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach in regard to climate issues.
  • Ability to travel at least 25% of the time.
  • Experience managing a small teams or units.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

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