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Head of Knowledge Services, NDC Partnership SU

Program:Climate Program

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Regular full-time

About WRI

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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

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 values are at the core of our approach. They include: urgency, integrity, innovation, 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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

NDC Partnership Support Unit

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 is building an expert team for an NDC Partnership Support Unit hosted by World Resources Institute.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit seeks a Head of Knowledge Services to manage engagement with our member countries and institutions on NDC experiences and learning, and to support the broader engagement of the NDC Partnership with knowledge and research partners globally. Reporting to the Director of Knowledge and Research, this individual will help shape an international community of learning that will help countries achieve faster and more ambitious climate action through their NDCs.
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 Head of Knowledge Services’ main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Engage with partners to identify knowledge needs (30%)

• Together with the Knowledge Director, shape a strategy to ensure effective communication with members of the NDC Partnership and other parties in order to understand their needs with respect to NDC implementation;
• Maintain regular contact with partners through online interaction and convening as needed.
• Lead or participate in country missions on invitation by partners to discuss achievements, challenges and lessons;
• Convene partners to facilitate peer-peer learning;
• Support outreach, training, and capacity building activities in relation to NDC Partnership knowledge products;

Lead knowledge sharing activities (30%)
• Oversee production of case studies, interviews and other materials to share key lessons learned and to highlight country needs and challenges
• Present NDC Partnership knowledge products and insights at national and international events as well as through various forums organized for the benefit of participants in the NDC Partnership;
• Write articles, blogs, and other types of publications, as relevant, on issues and practices related to NDC development and implementation

Drive knowledge collaboration across the NDC Partnership (20%)
• Collaborate with the Country Engagement team to capture learnings from the NDC Partnership’s activities and distill these into meaningful information resources for the Partnership and a broader audience;
• Regularly engage institutional partners, country experts and other organizations to ensure that the NDC Partnership benefits from the widest array of expertise.
• As needed, coordinate the development of joint products within the Partnership.•
• Management and teamwork (20%)
• Manage and oversee the work of technical experts and outside consultants;
• Participate in NDCP team meetings and ensure effective communication between in-country teams, the knowledge team and research partners;
• Supervise and mentor more junior staff as needed.


Required Qualifications:
• Masters in related field;
• Minimum 5-7 years of full-time work experience in relevant field, with program implementation and project management experience;
• Strong track record of convening and working with international partnerships, particularly in developing countries;
• Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English. Other languages highly desirable;
• Prior supervision and mentorship of one or more junior staff;
• Demonstrated capacity to work under pressure and manage multiple deadlines;
• Commitment to NDC Partnership's missions, values, and approach to climate issues.

Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.
Finalists will be required to complete a writing prompt.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be considered.

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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