Climate Policy Research Fellow, World Resources Institute

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. 
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.
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