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Head of Communications, NDC Partnership

World Resources Institute – Washington, DC

Job Summary

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership is seeking a dynamic communications leader capable of mobilizing diverse stakeholders behind a common vision to oversee implementation of the communications strategy of the Partnerships Support Unit.
This work will involve both proactive planning and implementation of ambitious, comprehensive communications strategies as well as reactive, rapid daily interaction on issues related to the Partnership.You will provide vision and leadership for implementing the communications strategy to guide the overall reputation and brand of the Partnership and its activities.

In addition you will develop and execute innovative and creative communications strategies that support and extend the NDC Partnerships influence, reach, and impact. Tasks will include developing and implementing communications strategies, including for the NDC Partnerships website and social media channels; managing media relationships; overseeing development of publications and marketing materials; leading a comprehensive strategy for events and managing development of marketing and outreach materials in close coordination with NDC Partnership member countries, institutions and other key stakeholders and managing a staff of communications professionals.

The successful candidate for this Communications Manager position will be a self-starter with a strong track record of communicating complex and diverse projects with international teams working across time zones and under tight time lines. You will have excellent copy writing skills, be very organized, diligent and be passionate about tackling climate change.

You will report to the Global Director of the NDC Partnership Support Unit.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans to support high-profile and impactful events, media placements and speaking engagements on behalf of the NDC Partnership, working collaboratively with member countries and institutions to identify outreach opportunities and highlight appropriate research, analysis, tools and experts to stakeholders and the media.
  • Author, develop and oversee communications materials that amplify examples of countries taking early and ambitious action to implement their national climate plans under the Paris Agreement, especially through the collaborative efforts of the NDC Partnership.
  • Lead a comprehensive strategy for events to increase visibility of the NDC Partnership and strengthen relationships among its member countries and institutions, associate members and other key partners.
  • In coordination with Events Associate and the different workstreams support the management of events and outreach activities for the NDC Partnership to be carried out directly by the Support Unit for the broader membership, including through the annual member forum and participation at sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP).
  • Support the Deputy Global Director in fostering collaborative relationships with member countries and institutions to encourage global communications efforts around common messages Facilitate the development, implementation and management of NDC Partnership global communications efforts, including through print, digital and multimedia outreach.
  • Oversee development of general communications materials, including branding guidelines, websites, messaging, talking points, PowerPoint slides, infographics and marketing materials.
  • Develop and execute creative ways to translate climate-oriented analysis and policy recommendations into compelling storylines, including through multimedia content, such as videos, photos and infographics.
  • Oversee planning and coordination for media outreach related to the NDC Partnership. Maintain strong relationships with key reporters to pitch stories and respond to media inquiries related to climate change, energy policy and related topics.
  • Write and edit material, including digital and print marketing materials, blog posts, op-eds, e-blasts and other compelling communications to translate technical material for various audiences. Oversee translation of materials into key languages.
  • Manage a team of communications professionals and external vendors to achieve objectives.
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time.
  • Lead the strategy and implementation of NDC Partnership Pavilions at COPs

Job Qualifications

  • Masters degree required in communications, public relations or environmental studies (or bachelors degree with two additional years of relevant experience)
  • Minimum of 5 years of full time relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues.
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of communications products, influence strategies and target audiences.
  • Experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, social media and other specialized communications skills.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences.
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts).
  • Experience managing full-time staff and vendors.
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred.
  • Existing relationships with influential business, energy or environmental reporters at leading media outlets preferred.
  • Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required); strong oral communications skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team.
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices and partners.
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work.
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Strong commitment to WRI s mission and values.
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting.
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact.
  • Expertise in the fields of climate change or environmental communications, especially communicating climate-specific research findings to policymakers and business audiences preferred.
  • International experience or language skills, especially in French or Spanish, preferred.
  • Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.
  • Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Program Overview

Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their NDCs for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible.

The Partnership aims to increase alignment, coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.

  • Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.
  • Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.
  • Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources.

We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit is a staff of approximately 32 individuals, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the worlds greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve peoples lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve peoples lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRIs 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 orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRIs 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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