Research Analyst, Raising National Climate Ambition, World Resource Institute

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/07/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: World Resource Institute
Position/Title/Fund: Research Analyst, Raising National Climate Ambition
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Washington, D.C.
Salary: $57,000-$65,000 annually
Deadline: June 4, 2024

This position will be hybrid requiring a few days per week in the WRI Washington DC office. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission; WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position. 

WRI’s Climate Program helps businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change. We focus on ensuring near-term decisions align with our long-term temperature goals so all people can benefit from a safer world and thriving economies. Since 2015, WRI’s Climate Program has worked with partners to scale up national ambition toward the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals, with a specific focus on enhancing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) (national plans up to 2030) and developing long-term strategies (national plans up to 2050). WRI’s Climate Program continues to assist and encourage countries to increase their ambition through enhanced NDCs and long-term strategies. This will contribute to the global Paris Agreement effort and the achievement of related 2030 Sustainable Development Goal outcomes.

Reporting to the Senior Associate, you will support the research, analysis, project management, partner engagement, and outreach efforts in WRI's Climate Program, focused on raising national ambition, specifically on NDCs and long-term strategies. The work will primarily focus on actions taken in major emerging economies (Argentina, Brazil, India, and Indonesia) and other countries that play an outsized role in international forum. You will help improve understanding of national and global ambition for actions to address climate change, and use data and analysis to inform and influence national policymakers and diverse set of international climate policy stakeholders. You will also support the project manager in tracking project deliverables and reporting to the funder. You will be supported by a team consisting of senior associates, research associates, project managers, and project coordinators -- all working together to deepen and evolve the understanding on national progress toward addressing climate change and contribute to analysis that has a meaningful impact on how countries enhance action.


Research and Knowledge (60%):

  • Assist with qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Conduct desk research and literature reviews
  • Assist with and/or co-authoring reports, briefs, and data products
  • Assist with and/or co-authoring blog posts and other communication documents
  • Present at internal meetings
  • Review knowledge products written by other researchers 

Engagement and Project Management (40%):

  • Coordinate internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities
  • Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries
  • Support day-to-day project management tasks including notetaking, drafting summaries, internal document management, and collecting information from partners on their activities
  • Track project deliverables under the supervision of a project manager
  • Draft reports and project updates to funders
  • Work with engagement and communications staff to support updates to the project website, drafting articles and infographics and reviewing social media content
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information


  • Education: You have a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy, Environmental Studies, Economics, Engineering, the Natural Sciences, Public Policy, or related field
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience in related role and subject matter
  • Familiarity with national and international climate change and energy policies
  • Knowledge of the UNFCCC negotiating process a plus
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a deadline-driven professional environment
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and literature research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues.
  • Flexibility to travel
  • Languages: Written and spoken proficiency in English
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization
How to Apply:

You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. Please submit a resume with cover letter.