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Junior Data Visualizations Developer, NDC Partnership SU

Program:Climate Program

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Limited term full-time (with an end date)

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 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 $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

The NDC Partnership is a new coalition of developed and developing countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible. The Partnership works with its members to: 1) create and disseminate insightful knowledge products; 2) facilitates technical assistance and capacity building; and 3) facilitates enhanced financial support for NDC implementation.

We are looking for a Data Visualizations Junior Developer who is excited to turn climate data into climate actions through cutting edge interactive visuals. The limited term position will support the development of climate visualization for the NDC Partnership in close collaboration with researchers, designers and our climate data team, as well as testing them with a range of actors like national governments, Google and leading NGOs.

You should be a motivated by a drive to change the world, creatively envision visualizations that catch the eye, make it to top media outlets or go viral. You innovate, coordinate well with others and have an infectious enthusiasm that helps to motivate your colleagues.

If successful, the position will support data visualization and outreach capacity to rapidly create innovative data visualizations and build a library of charts, graphs, and interactive pieces that can be easily be reused and be repurposed.
Interactive visualization are among the most shared and viewed content and the position will help to raise our online profile by integrating data visualization with our publications and increase internal data visualization capacity.

You will help implement data visualization by:

1. Turning data and general ideas into well-designed products with the guidance of senior staff
2. Support the development process, including guiding research staff, scoping, design, implementation, testing and delivery.
3. Offering great interpersonal and creative skills.

A typical working week in the position can include:

1. Reviewing and helping to prioritize concepts and setting timelines for implementation
2. Supporting research to delivery data in the right formats
3. Using D3, highcharts, vega and/or Javascript to implement interactive visuals
4. Test the visuals with researchers and the design team
5. Help to deploy them on blogs and with media partners
6. Engage staff though brown bags and meeting to create demand around the institute

The position will report to the Knowledge Director of the NDC Partnership Support Unit. It will work in close collaboration with the climate data team (see It will help deliver major outreach products for the NDC Partnership, a new global coalition of governments and institutions to deliver implementation of countries’ national climate plants (NDCs).


The Junior Data Visualization Developer’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Visualization development 80%

  • Support the implementation of visualizations within existing technical infrastructure, using technologies like D3, Vega and JavaScript
  • Work with research staff to get data in the required formats
  • Work with design team to ensure that graphs are on brand
  • Assist with authoring blogs and technical notes
  • Help to identify the best visualizations from existing ideas and suggest new ideas
  • Support the development of a data visualization library of graphic products that can be reused rapidly

Process Support and Outreach 20%

  • Help to organize competing priorities that can change rapidly
  • Help to prioritize visuals and ensure timely delivery with support by senior staff and climate communications
  • Ensure that visualizations are delivered one-by-one
  • Support the development of an internal workflow/process for the creation of data visualization (draft exists)
  • Support internal outreach through brown bags, emails and meetings


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's in computer science, environmental science or related field
  • Minimum 1-2 year of full-time work experience in relevant field, with data visualization programming and potentially project management experience
  • Experience in web development, visualization technology like D3, Highcharts or Vega
  • Excellent skills in Javascript or other languages commonly used for interactive online visualizations
  • Excellent ability to process analyze and structure large data sets
  • Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong quantitative, analytical research skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to travel when needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in data processing languages, like R, Python, Stata, etc
  • Knowledge of climate policy or climate science
  • Knowledge of the sustainability and environmental NGOs

This is a TERMED position.

Relocation reimbursement is not available for this position

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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