World Resources Institute – Multiple Openings

Research Fellow, Climate Policy


The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a research fellow for its Climate & Energy Program.  The successful candidate will conduct research for the Open Climate Network, a new coalition of independent research institutes monitoring climate policy progress in the world’s major economies.  (For more information about the Open Climate Network, please visit the project’s web page.)  
The Open Climate Network will track information on a range of indicators related to the implementation of various facets of climate change policy.  Planned OCN modules include:
  • Mitigation policy implementation
  • Provision of international climate finance
  • Low-carbon economic growth and competitiveness
  • The Research Fellow will focus primarily on the third module.  This will entail working with research partners in China, India, Europe, and the US to develop a research method for tracking indicators related to low-carbon growth and competitiveness – such as innovation, investment climate, and job creation in the clean energy sector – and then to apply the method to assess each country.  The Fellow will also participate regularly in Network-wide meetings and will support the other modules as needed.
The fellowship is an exciting opportunity to apply research and analytical skills while interacting with climate policy experts from all over the world as part of a new, high-profile research initiative.  
The fellowship is located at WRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Candidates who wish to work from WRI’s Beijing office and have significant experience working in China may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but in general, the DC location will be best suited to the project’s needs.

  • Conduct literature reviews and stakeholder surveys to determine which indicators best link climate mitigation, economic growth, and competitiveness
  • Liaise with research partners in the US, China, India, and Europe to collect relevant data from each country
  • Assess data availability and comparability, and generate recommendations for improving both
  • Analyze national data to draw policy-relevant conclusions
  • Regularly contribute content to the project’s web site
  • Draft grant proposals and assist with fundraising efforts as needed
  • Support other project, program, and institute activities as needed
This position requires significant research ability, and is suited to someone who has a research-intensive master’s degree or who is working toward a PhD.  
The successful candidate:
  • Has excelled in academia while obtaining one or more degrees in a related field (for example, public policy, economics, or business) from a rigorous and well regarded program
  • Demonstrates an ability to conduct research on policy-related questions using a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches, to document sources, and to communicate results accurately and objectively
  • Is an exceptional writer, and can communicate effectively through a range of written media including technical papers, blog posts, and e-mail correspondence
  • Is highly organized, motivated, and proactive
  • Has strong interpersonal skills
  • Is familiar with a range of technology and policy options for addressing climate change
  • Is available to participate in conference calls with international partners outside of regular office hours
  • Subscribes and adheres to WRI’s institutional values
  • May have experience living in one or more OCN countries or regions, such as China, India, or Europe
  • May have language skills in Mandarin
The position is for 12 months, with the possibility of extension depending on performance, project needs, and funding.  The start date is flexible, with an earlier date being preferred.  
To Apply:
Please submit a current resume or CV, along with a cover letter that explains your qualifications and interest in the fellowship clearly and succinctly

Research Assistant, Environmentally Smart Urbanization


WRI China Office is seeking for a dedicated, analytical, results-oriented Research Assistant to work on the Environmentally Smart Urbanization (ESU) project. This major responsibility of the Research Assistant is to help implement low-carbon city planning and practice projects in China. The candidate should have strong research, analysis and communication skills to support the WRI’s ESU projects in China. The successful candidate will join a team that will work in a cross-projects and multidisciplinary platform in WRI, with Chinese governmental agencies, research organizations, and universities to (i) identify options for Chinese cities urbanized towards low-carbon and environmentally sustainable cities; and (ii) strengthen capacity for addressing resource scarcity problems in urbanized areas.

Working with team members and external partners, the successful candidate will:
  • Conduct research and analysis on low-carbon city blueprint, practical solutions, and related projects
  • Review international experiences in low-carbon development options and analyze their applicability to Chinese cities
  • Participate in the scoping, mapping, and review of existing country-level and city-level low carbon development studies
  • Support to develop practical guidance and tools for low-carbon city planning for municipal governments
  • Assist bottom-up sectoral and technological analysis for carbon reduction in the key sectors  and development of optional technological roadmaps for pilot cities
  • Assist to produce, proofread, and edit research reports and papers in both English and Chinese, and coordinate publication process
  • Support to organize internal/external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other project dissemination activities
  • Assist in some project management work as needed
  • Support other activities as needed
  • Bachelor or Master degree in environmental economics/policy/engineering, urban planning/studies, or related field  2-3 years work experience in climate and energy field, experience in low-carbon city planning and sectoral projects would be an advantage
  • Familiarity with environmental and economic assessment of low carbon technologies as well as bottom-up technological modeling and analysis
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills, preferably with publication experience
  • Fluency in oral and written Chinese and English
  • Ability to work well in a team, manage multiple priorities, take initiative, and deliver under tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel and to concentrate on field work as needed
Position Reports to:
WRI China Country Director (CCD) and the associate per CCD’s authorization.
Beijing and pilot cities, China
Competitive compensation will be offered commensurate with qualifications

Director, U.S. Climate Initiative


The World Resources Institute seeks a Director for its new U.S. Climate Initiative, one of three large teams in WRI’s $8 million Climate & Energy Program (CEP). The successful candidate will play a lead role in shaping and executing an ambitious 5-year strategy and guiding a team of experts to achieve large-scale, lasting results. This exciting Initiative seeks to help the U.S. achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are in line with current science through a combination of national, state, and local climate and energy policies, complemented by business and technology innovation that drives the nation toward a near-zero-carbon economy by 2050. WRI’s experience, reputation, and connections in the policy arena, the private sector, and elsewhere places us in a unique position to help shape federal and state climate policy and generate new ideas and practices for low-carbon development over the next five years. The position is located at WRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and reports to the CEP Director.


  • Develop and communicate a compelling and coherent vision and strategy for the U.S. Climate Initiative, and provide strategic direction for its projects.
  • Create new lines of work that will lead to transformative change in achieving significant GHG reductions in the U.S.
  • Guide and monitor the execution of strategy for multiple projects and the achievement of project outcomes.
  • Manage 4-6 direct reports and one or more projects.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the U.S. Climate Initiative, communicating to key audiences and promoting team research findings and policy recommendations through briefings of policymakers, practitioners, reporters, and corporate leaders.
  • Review and edit draft publications and articles to ensure they meet WRI’s high standards for quality.
  • Source and secure long-term funding for the Initiative and new projects in collaboration with project managers, the CEP Director, and WRI’s Development team. This includes leveraging existing relationships with bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, corporations, and individual donors, as well as cultivating and maintaining new relationships.
  • Write, edit, and assist with fundraising proposals and grant reports.


  • Advanced degree in public policy, law, economics, environmental policy, natural sciences, political science, public administration, business administration, engineering, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years’ work experience including advanced knowledge of U.S. climate and energy policy and both public- and private-sector GHG emissions reduction strategies.
  • Established network of senior-level government, NGO, and private-sector contacts and partners in the U.S. climate and energy field.
  • Superb analytical and strategic thinking skills; a track record of creating and executing large, multi-year strategies preferred.
  • Experience directly managing and mentoring staff.
  • History of securing funding from donors on a large scale.  
  • Outstanding ability to communicate clearly, passionately, and confidently to influence a wide range of audiences, including senior policymakers, NGOs, and corporate leaders.
  • Experience briefing journalists and speaking to the media.
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience with writing successful funding proposals.
  • Willingness to travel as needed.

Washington, DC

$110k – $150k; Commenserate with qualifications. WRI offers a comprehensive benefits package.




WRI is currently seeking:

  • Intern, Greenhouse Gas Policy Accounting
  • Intern, Climate Change Policy
  • Intern, Low Carbon Planning
  • Intern, Major Emerging Economies

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About WRI:

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, NGOs, and corporate leaders because of the rigorous quality, balance, and independence of its work. With its think-tank roots, WRI values innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. It is a results-oriented organization that rewards the achievement of significant outcomes, such as helping shape international climate policy by providing key inputs and analysis into the UNFCCC process, and establishing the Greenhouse Gas Protocol – the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. WRI employees see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of making a significant difference in the world.
About the Climate & Energy Program:
WRI’s Climate & Energy Program strives to set the world on a new course, one with cleaner energy sources, healthier ecosystems and societies, technological innovation, and economic opportunities. Working with international, governmental, civil society, and business partners, CEP identifies and promotes effective policies and strategies to address climate change. The 50-person program currently works in fields such as renewable energy, U.S. federal and state climate policy, international climate policy, greenhouse gas accounting, carbon capture and storage, international emissions trading, the relationship between forests and climate, and adaptation to climate change. The program has a significant international focus, especially through partnerships in developing countries.