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Comms and Marketing 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 


The NDC Partnership is seeking a dynamic communications professional to assist in implementation of the communications strategy of the Partnership’s Support Unit. In this position. you will both proactively plan and implement ambitious and comprehensive communications strategies as well as regular interaction with member countries and institutions on specific communications activities and opportunities. You will be responsible for helping to implement the NDC Partnership's comprehensive Communications Strategy for the overall reputation of the Partnership, including press, digital, social media and multimedia activities, as well as provide support for events, workshops and presentations. You will also help to develop and facilitate translation and design of a suite of marketing materials.

Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of governments 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 will help countries meet and exceed their commitments by facilitating access to tools, expertise, finance, best practices and other resources. The Partnership seeks a highly knowledgeable communications professional to execute smart strategies that support and extend the NDC Partnership's influence, media coverage and online presence,

The successful candidate for this Communications and Marketing Associate position will be a self-starter with a strong track record of communicating complex and diverse projects under tight time lines through a wide range of strategies and tactics. You should have excellent copy writing skills, be very organized and diligent and be passionate about tackling climate change and enhancing sustainable development in countries across the globe.


Your main areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans to support high-priority initiatives, media placements and speaking engagements, working collaboratively with staff across the NDC Partnership to identify such opportunities and highlight the appropriate research, analysis, tools and experts
  • Lead development of communications materials that amplify examples of countries taking early and ambitious actions to implement their national climate plans under the Paris Agreement with support from the NDC Partnership
  • Build and foster collaborative relationships with communications experts among key NDC Partnership stakeholders to encourage global communications efforts around common messages and activities
  • Lead development of communications materials related to an emerging partnership, including its website, messaging, talking points, PowerPoint slides, infographics and print materials
  • Manage design and layout of communications materials, including through collaboration with external vendors
  • Work with communications and research experts to oversee efficient execution of processes regarding publications, knowledge tools and communications activities
  • Develop and execute creative ways to translate climate actions into compelling storylines, including through multimedia online content, such as videos, photos and infographics
  • Aid in pitching stories and responding to media inquiries related to NDC Partnership activities on both global and national levels
  • Write and edit material including blog posts, op-eds, e-blasts and other compelling communications that serve to translate technical material for various audiences.
  • Support the NDC Partnership’s social media strategy and channels
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success, and help adapt strategies to grow and improve results over time 


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations or environmental studies
  • Minimum 5 years of full time relevant professional experience working in public relations or communications; a salient link to climate, environmental or development issues strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of communications products, influence strategies and audience targeting
  • Demonstrated experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, social media and other specialized communications skills
  • Strong communications skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences
  • Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience; strong oral communications skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent inter-personal communications skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices and partners
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of communications products, influence strategies and audience targeting
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media preferred
  • International experience or prior work on global issues; language skills, especially in French or Spanish, preferred
  • Strong commitment to WRI's mission and values

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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