World Resources Institute Vacancy: Online Data Tool Manager I, Climate Change - Washington, District of Colombia

Program: Climate Program
Location: Washington, District of Colombia
Position Type: Regular full-time

About WRI
World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues.

In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post.

The Manager will support the management, implementation and research of two WRI projects that aim to create data driven online decision-making tools for policy makers and businesses. The major responsibility will be an emission portal tool showcasing future emission pathways towards decarbonization. This effort aims to help national decision-makers and stakeholders to identify pathways to reach (or exceed) their emission reduction targets and to make relevant policy decisions. The secondary responsibility will be supporting the creation of a global data base of power plants and associated decision-making tools. The Manager is expected to help design and structure the work to develop the two tools, provide guidance for junior level staff, monitor progress, support research, coordinate with partners and develop and execute fund raising plans.

Countries have put forward climate action plans that aim to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the next few decades. Access to high quality data and analysis will be critical to assess progress towards targets, identify additional mitigation potentials, and to evaluate different policy options. The Manager will help to guide the creation of an online data platform that will document and communicate relevant data in a clear and visual way and highlight the assumptions that underpin several different models (including integrated assessment models –IAMs– as well as relevant computational general equilibrium –CGE– models). A series of country-specific analyses and engagements with stakeholders will maximize the use and impact of the portal. This will help countries stay on the right track toward decarbonization, and achieve the objective of the Paris Convention of limiting temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius.

The Manager will also support the creation and curation of a global database of power plants that will incorporate data from a wide variety of sources, and will be used as the basis of a growing number of online decision making tools to analyze and present the data to government, corporate decision makers and academic researchers. This project will use a similar framework as Global Forest Watch to work with a wide range of partners to turn a unique data set into actionable tools.

The Manager will also support strategic development and fundraising of both projects.

The Manager will work in WRI’s Climate Program (Tools, Reporting and Analysis for Climate (TRAC)  & Climate Data Explorer team (CAIT)) and its Economics Center. TRAC is a WRI initiative with a focus on international climate change data and policy. It brings together independent research institutes and civil society groups from key countries to track and report on their countries’ progress toward addressing climate change. CAIT is WRI’s online climate and energy public data explorer. For nearly a decade, CAIT has been a leading online destination for international greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other key climate data, providing data tables, maps, and charts for view and download. It offers an emissions projections module, which already supplies transparent emissions pathways data.

WRI’s Economics Center uses an economics lens to analyze problems and solutions at the intersection of environment and human well-being. For example, the WRI economists conduct in-depth economic assessments of the value of terrestrial and marine ecosystem services, renewable energy investments, and the impact of climate vulnerability for communities and their livelihoods and more. They develop tools and guidance to help decision-makers understand the economic, environmental and social trade-offs of policy changes.

The Manager's main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Knowledge: (40% of time required)
  • Oversee the development of an emissions database, collecting and structuring climate modeling data on decarbonization pathways to be presented in a user-friendly manner on a data platform, and developing a protocol for ongoing maintenance and updating of the platform.
  • Support the development of a global database of power plants and support the development of associated decision making tools
  • Work with junior level staff to implement in depth research on emission scenarios, modeling and power plant data
  • Lead the creative process to draft and implement a major online decision-making tool
  • Authoring or co-authoring knowledge products (e.g., reports, briefs, data products).
Project Management (60% of time required)
  • Monitor and manage project performance against budget, scope progress according to planned milestones, expenses and revenue, and internal and donor reporting.
  • Manage junior level research assistants that will implement research on relevant models
  • Lead the preparation of scoping documents, working plans and wireframes, ensuring quality deliverables on time.
  • Organize stakeholder interviews to assess demand and use cases of a portal
  • Coordinate complex partnerships with external organizations that will help to develop the platforms, and or with whom we may work for inputs to it.
  • Coordinate with WRI colleagues across programs and countries
  • Liaise with web development contractors to ensure timely, high quality implementation of tools
  • Lead the presentation of new products at workshops and other internal and external events
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Economics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Sustainability Science, International Relations, or related.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of full-time work experience in relevant field, with program implementation and project management experience (ideally for a multi-partner project)
  • Demonstrated quantitative analysis and research skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Extremely well organized and efficient
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues.
  • Ability to travel when needed
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with online data tools, similar to the CAIT Climate Data Explorer or Global Forest Watch
  • Knowledge of relevant models (e.g. Integrated Assessment Models) or GHG emissions scenarios highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the climate policy space
  • Familiarity with power plant or electricity sector data
  • Experience with external communications and/or donor management
  • Prior supervision and mentorship of one or more junior staff
Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.

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

How to Apply
Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

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