Senior Associate-China Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute

Position Summary
The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a highly motivated individual with excellent analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills to lead WRI’s work-stream on energy issues in China. We seek a Senior Associate who will have the necessary vision and leadership acumen to shape and expand a successful climate and energy program at WRI (China).
The main focus of the position will be on fossil energy in the short term and may expand to renewable energy in the medium to long-term. The position will lead the development, management and implementation of energy-related research projects geared to assist China’s low-carbon development.
Candidates with less experience can be considered for Associate position.
Major Responsibilities
The actual responsibilities may vary depending on new hire’s experience and background:
  • Create a vision and develop key research and influence strategies to help China transform its energy system and mitigate impacts of its coal consumption
  • Develop and design projects in line with the research and influence strategies
  • Assess the economic and environmental impacts of coal, natural gas and other fossil fuel related policies.
  • Collect, maintain and analyze the database of coal-related projects. Track and analyze news, information and research on the coal market
  • Work with various partners to develop data visualization and conduct risk assessment
  • Explore potentials to convene and engage stakeholders to transform coal dependent economies
  • Draft and edit WRI publications, fact sheets, journal articles, blogs, and presentations on issues relevant to the project
  • Conduct outreach and communicate efforts for the project, including by liaising with other research institutions, relevant government agencies and NGOs
  • Draft funding proposals and engage with potential funders to raise fund for the project
  • Manage budget, recruit and supervise staff as the project grows over time
  • Master degree in science, engineering, economics, environmental science, public policy, public administration, or a related field
  • Solid understanding of energy policies and laws in China and a minimum 6~8 years of experience in relevant fields, including policy research experience in coal, natural gas and power sectors
  • Proven skills in project management, stakeholder engagement, and analytical research with high quality publication track record
  • Familiar with potential funders and successful fundraising track record
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, report writing, and presentation skills in English and Chinese
Highly preferred
  • 8~15 years’ experience
  • Knowledge and skills in economics, policy or environmental modeling
  • Broad knowledge and understanding on renewable polices and trends in China
  • Experience in government or industry, or both
  • International experience, including working or studying aboard, or with multinational corporations and international NGOs
Salary for full-time position is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.
To Apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, detailed resume, and names of references via visiting
The World Resources Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status, ordisability.
Why this is a green job?
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 preference, parental 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.