WRI China Climate Lead

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Beijing China


World Resources Institute China Office

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WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first country office. Currently WRI China has more than 30 full-time staff working on climate change, energy, cities, transport, water, and finance issues. WRI China Climate Program was started in 2008 and is part of the Global Climate Program.

Our goal is to support China in building a prosperous, low carbon, and climate resilient society, in line with the principle of ‘eco-civilization’ and the global climate goals. We focus on three levels of intervention: national, subnational, and sectoral analyses to advance transformative solutions that mitigate climate change and help communities adapt to its impacts.

In order to achieve the above goals, we are seeking a well-established expert on China climate policy to serve as WRI China Climate Lead. The main responsibilities of the China Climate Lead will be to craft and develop a well-structured, comprehensive and compelling climate strategy for WRI China as well as to raise funds to expand the program, and most importantly, deliver program outcomes at scale.


Strategic leadership (25 per cent)
•Develop a well-structured and compelling climate strategy for WRI China, with a strong research foundation, clear priorities, and coherent vision.
•In line with the climate strategy, identify, develop and implement projects to deliver large-scale, high impact outcomes.
•Build coalitions and convene successful partnerships on climate policy research to advance WRI’s climate change agenda.
•Foster strong collaborative relationships with Government representatives and media, including senior government officials in relevant government ministries and departments .
•Lead the China climate strategy development, partnership development, and fundraising efforts.
•Foster a culture of excellence in work of the team and across WRI China.
•Promote close and effective collaborate on with relevant programs and center at WRI as well as with other International Offices.

Program management (25 per cent)
•Prepare progress reports to funders and internally within WRI on a regular basis.
•Manage day-to-day operations of the China Climate Program, including project, financial, administrative and human resource matters.
•Write and review reports/publications to ensure high quality, high impact publications in line with WRI’s requirements.
•Participate in the WRI China office management as its management team member, and contribute to WRI China development in line with the WRI strategy.
•Provide oversight of climate policy relevant research and analysis.
•Review draft publications, blogs, press releases, and other research and communications materials to ensure they meet WRI’s high standards of quality.
•Other tasks as directed by WRI China Country Director and Global Climate Director/Deputy Director.

Communications, outreach, and external relationship building (20 per cent)
•Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government, private sector, non-profit, academia, funders, and other stakeholders.
•Regularly communicate with external stakeholders to ensure our works will lead to on-the-ground change and to bring the outcomes to scale.
•Communicate and coordinate with different programs, centers, offices, and initiatives within WRI network to create synergies.
•As WRI China’s spokesperson on climate change related matters with regular engagement with media through media interviews, blogs, press conferences, and other ways.
•External representation of WRI Climate strategy.
•Chair and/or represent WRI’s point of view on Climate policy developments at seminars and conferences.
•Develop and give presentations at public speaking events, international fora, one-on-one meetings, and within WRI.
•Write briefs, publish blogs, and conduct media interviews in order to set public and private sector agendas, influence decision-maker perspectives, and communicate findings and recommendations from WRI’s China climate work.

Fundraising (30 per cent)
•Lead the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy.
•Develop and maintain relationships with existing and prospective donors.
•Identify fundraising opportunities and prepare funding proposals for corporate donors, private foundations, government agencies, bilateral donors, and other funders.

Qualifications and Requirements:
•Based on WRI’s institutional values, work with strong enthusiasm to support China to deliver more ambitious climate goals in realizing a low carbon, resilient economy.
•Well-established China climate change expert with known track record on national and subnational climate projects/work. Experience on mitigation is required while adaptation is a plus.
•Known and respected by domestic and international stakeholders related to work in climate change in China, including government, private sector, non-profit, academia, and other stakeholders.
•In-depth understanding of China’s climate agenda both domestically and in relation to the international climate regime, as well as bilateral/multilateral relationships.
•Proven ability to provide vision and superb strategic thinking skills to identify strategic projects, drive transformative change, and bring outcomes to scale.
•Strong governmental network with significant experience in working directly with relevant ministries.
•Proven experience on stakeholder engagement, convening, and partnership management.
•Strong research skill with vast experience on publishing high impact reports, familiar with peer review processes, and experience on multi-partner joint publications.
•Track record on raising large-scale, multi-year funds with broad connections with funders, both domestically and internationally.
•Excellent communication skills with ability to leverage governmental relationship, media, and other communication strategies to bring project outcomes to scale.
•Superior management skills, including project management, staff supervision, and financial management.
•Demonstrated ability to successfully motivate and manage teams with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with staff and external stakeholders at all levels. Able to respond and deal effectively with diverse situations using good judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
•Excellent command of written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Excellent public speaking skills in both languages.
•Familiar with the operation models of NGOs/research institutions.
•Advanced degree in climate policy, energy, economics or other related fields. A PhD is highly desirable.
•At least 10 years of progressive professional work experience (besides Master and PhD study periods) related to climate and/or energy works in China.
•Willingness and ability to travel within China and internationally.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing test. Also required to produce two writing samples.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

Position reports to:
Primary (Anchor) reporting to China Country Director
Secondary (Strategy) reporting to Global Climate Director

Duration: Full-time regular

Location: Beijing, China

Start date: As soon as possible

To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at www.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

Application close: 12:00 noon (Beijing Time), February 8, 2017.

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.

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