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Knowledge Management Associate, NDC Partnership

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 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


Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)to climate action. The NDC Partnership, 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 Knowledge Management Associate to manage the development of high impact global knowledge products and research. Reporting to the Director of Knowledge and Research, the Knowledge Management Associate will help partner countries and institutions learn from each other to support faster and more ambitious climate action through the NDCs.


The Knowledge Management Associate’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Knowledge Management (60 %)

  • Together with the Knowledge Director and Team, maintain ongoing communication with members of the NDC Partnership and other parties in order to understand their needs and expectations in relation to knowledge products;
  • Manage the implementation and maintenance of a knowledge management system to ensure that the Partnership has up-to-date insights on NDC experiences;
  • Maintain regular contact with country members to surface emerging lessons and good practices of relevance to NDC implementation;
  • Identify and engage with partner organizations to ensure that the Partnership has access to all relevant research, analysis and convening;
  • Ensure the timely delivery of new knowledge products on-time and within budget;
  • Lead outreach, training, and capacity building activities in relation to NDC Partnership knowledge products;

Sharing the NDC Partnership’s learning (20 %)

  • Represent 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
  • Organize and attend technical workshops, forums, and other exchanges to disseminate information on various aspects of NDC planning and implementation and identify new knowledge product and management needs.

Management and teamwork (20%)

  • Participate in NDCP team meetings and ensure effective communication between in-country teams, the knowledge team and partners.
  • Collaborate across the Support Unit team to capture learnings from the NDC Partnership’s activities and distill these into meaningful information resources for the Partnership and a broader audience
  • Manage and oversee the work of technical experts and outside consultants;
  • Manage and mentor more junior staff as needed.

Other duties may be assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience in knowledge management or analysis in climate change or related field.
  • Minimum 2+ years of experience in project management.
  • Experience working in international research partnerships desirable.
  • Advanced degree in related field required.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
  • Commitment to NDC Partnership’s mission, values, and approach to climate issues

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


How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be considered.

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