Research Assistant, World Resources Institute


The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a Research Assistant or Research Analyst for its Climate & Energy Program (CEP). The successful candidate will have strong research, analysis and communication skills to support the Major Emerging Economies team. The position will focus on creating partnerships and building capacity in major emerging economies on climate change-related issues. Specifically, this position will support activities to review national GHG inventories, assess methods for tracking climate policy, and facilitate initiatives to monitor and track GHG emissions in key countries and energy-intensive sectors, as well as to help implement strategies that can potentially facilitate low-carbon transformation in these sectors and countries through energy efficiency and process-based technological improvements. Familiarity with GHG and national policy reporting, including the GHG Protocol, power sector and energy-intensive sectors, issues related to energy and technological solutions, as well as an understanding of private sector climate-related risks and opportunities is strongly recommended.


The position is located at WRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Occasional travel may be required.


  • Assist the team in general research and analysis for the project
  • Assist the team in scoping national policy tracking systems
  • Assist the team to build GHG measurement and reporting capacity in key sectors and coordinate with partners
  • Review national GHG inventories and related data management and reporting systems
  • Develop case studies of best practice
  • Organize meetings and workshops with various stakeholders
  • Draft, edit, and assist with fundraising proposals and grant reports
  • Support other activities as needed
  • Bachelors degree in environmental policy, engineering, political science, public administration, public policy, law, economics, or related field
  • Minimum 1-2 years of work experience in climate and energy field
  • Familiarity with power and/or energy-intensive sectors and private-sector GHG emissions reduction strategies
  • Understanding of national and corporate GHG inventories
  • International experience and familiarity with one or more major emerging economies
  • Experience with MS-Excel and strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, presentation and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well in a team, manage multiple priorities, take initiative, and deliver under tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel as needed


Commensurate with qualifications. WRI offers a comprehensive benefits package.


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.


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.