This position can be based in the WRI US office (DC), WRI Hague Office or WRI UK office. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission for the position. WRI is unable to sponsor work authorization for any of the listed office locations.
About the program:
WRI’s Food Program works to advance solutions to ensure the world can nutritiously feed 10 billion people by 2050 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, curbing deforestation and alleviating poverty. Our research has identified a menu of solutions to create a sustainable food future. One of these is advancing methods to reduce food production’s methane emissions. For more information about our work on the food/land/climate nexus, see our landmark report Creating a Sustainable Food Future. For a short overview of our food strategy, see Produce-Protect-Reduce-Restore.
You will lead WRI’s research efforts on agriculture methane reduction, providing the science and policy foundations for the four pillars of our strategy:
- Identify solutions (technologies and practices) that could reduce emissions per source of agriculture-generated methane.
- Make the case to governments, companies, and farmer organizations that reducing agriculture methane emissions is critical for achieving the Paris Agreement, improving food security and productivity, and enabling long-term agriculture sector competitiveness.
- Design policies and incentives (e.g., financial, regulatory, market) needed to drive adoption of solutions that reduce agriculture methane.
- Apply policies and solutions in a handful of countries that have committed to the Global Methane Pledge (leveraging WRI office presence in high-emitting countries).
You will be supported by a team including peer analysts and partner organizations. You will report to WRI Food Program’s Technical Director.
What you will do:
Research and analysis (80%):
- For each technology and practice that could reduce agricultural methane emissions, quantify the potential scale of emission reductions, assess barriers to adoption, estimate financial paybacks/ROI, and identify which are relevant for which country
- Identify policies and incentives (e.g., financial, regulatory, market) needed to drive adoption of the technology and practice solutions. Among other things, identify the policies, funding, and incentives that could stimulate the research and development required to get each technology and practice across the threshold of mainstream viability. In addition, identify the policies and incentives that could trigger greater market penetration among farmers, ranchers, companies, and other relevant actors
- Develop and communicate “the case” to governments, companies, and farmer organizations that reducing agriculture methane emissions is critical for achieving the Paris Agreement, improving food security and productivity, and enabling long-term agriculture sector competitiveness
- As part of the above, perform literature reviews, expert interviews, and original research
- For the above, collaborate with external partners (e.g., Climate & Clean Air Coalition) and WRI colleagues as needed
- Write and publish research results as WRI publications and/or in the peer-reviewed literature
- Lead follow-on research on agriculture methane emissions reductions as needed and as the project evolves
- Engage in internal and external knowledge product peer review processes
Strategy development and project development (10%):
- Provide input and perspectives on the Food Program and Climate Program strategies
- Assist in building a pipeline of opportunities for engagement
- Maintain an understanding of evolving trends in the agriculture/climate research and policy arenas and adjust research strategies and priorities as necessary
- Support development of concept notes and proposals for additional funding
- Coordinate and provide inputs into funder reports, monitor timely deliverables, and provide other support as needed
Communications and outreach (10%):
- Promote uptake of research through writing WRI blogs, hosting webinars, and more
- Share perspectives and insights via public speaking engagements and media interviews
- Review draft research written by peers, especially those in WRI’s Food, Forests, and Climate Programs
What you will need:
- Education: Master’s degree in agricultural science or environmental science. PhD preferred
- Minimum of on issues relating to agriculture, with at least 2 years of relevant work conducting independent research, analysis and publications on related topics
- Knowledge of agriculture methane issues (e.g., enteric methane, manure methane, rice methane)
- Experience working in detail-oriented roles requiring high-level research/analytics skills and organization
- Understanding of the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC processes
- Past publishing experience
- Experience communicating effectively to multiple audiences, including academics, practitioners, business managers, and policymakers
- Experience managing multiple priorities and working with tight deadlines.
- Experience working independently with minimal direction and supervision
- Languages****: Verbal and written English proficiency.
- Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.
Potential Salary: $79,000 - $106,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
What we offer:
- A competitive salary
- Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
- The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
- A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
- The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
- Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
- Generous leave days that increase with tenure.
About Us: Founded in 1982, 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 seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.
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