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Jan 28 / BARD CEP

Research Associate Greenhouse Gas-Washington DC

Organization: Climate and Energy Program (CEP)

Position Title: Research Associate Greenhouse Gas

Location:Washington DC

Hours & Compensation: Not listed

Application Deadline: Not listed 

Title: Research Associate Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Program: Climate and Energy Program (CEP)

World Resources Institute (WRI), an action oriented global organization most recently voted as #1 environment & natural resource think tank in the world is consistently recommended by staff as one of the “most desired organizations to work for”. WRI has over 30 years of experience focusing on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. WRI goes beyond research to put ideas into action – our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protects Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

WRI has been growing the past five years and now has offices in Washington D.C., India, and China and a presence in Brazil, Indonesia as well as a dozen other countries around the world. WRI staff not only have a deep understanding of the issues, but also an understanding of the political and cultural contexts that shape how decisions are made and how to engage effectively in the countries in which we work and partner. Our staff represents over 40 nationalities.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol at the World Resources Institute is looking for a highly motivated person to join the GHG Protocol Corporate Team. The primary function of this position will be to support capacity building on Scope 3 accounting and help lead the development of GHG Protocol’s GHG accounting guidance for the financial sector ( Additional tasks may include assisting with other projects related to corporate greenhouse gas accounting.

The GHG Protocol, a decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective standards and programs for tackling climate change. The GHG Protocol ( is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.


Responsibilities associated with developing the GHG Protocol Financial Sector Guidance include:

Facilitate technical working groups in drafting and editing the guidance

Contribute writing and editing for the guidance

Coordinate and provide technical guidance to pilot testers

Develop case studies to be included in the guidance

Manage public comment periods and manage review of comments

Coordinate multi-stakeholder engagement, including frequent communication with a wide range of stakeholders

Assist in organizing advisory committee, technical working group, and public stakeholder workshops

Assist in fundraising activities including preparing funding proposals

Other corporate GHG accounting responsibilities may include:

Provide summaries and analysis on key accounting issues and challenges

Write white papers on key accounting issues

Write blogs on accounting issues, trends in corporate GHG reporting or other topics

Deliver training on GHG Protocol corporate standards

Represent GHG Protocol at conferences and meetings


Minimum of 2-4 years of professional work experience related to the financial sector and/or corporate sustainability.

Preferably a Masters degree in a relevant field.

Experience either working in the financial sector or experience working in a role with significant interaction with the financial sector

Experience with corporate GHG reporting and/or corporate value chains

Knowledge and strong interest in greenhouse gas accounting

Excellent research, writing, analysis, and communications skills

Ability to learn complex greenhouse gas and life cycle accounting concepts quickly

Interest in and knowledge of climate change, energy and corporate sustainability issues

Ability to self-motivate, stay organized, and work both independently and as part of a team

Final candidates may be required to submit a writing test

Salary and benefits: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. WRI offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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

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.

The World Resources Institute is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We work with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI’s transformative ideas protect the earth and promote development because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs and fulfilling human aspirations in the future.

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, NGOs, and corporate leaders because of the rigorous quality, balance, and independence of its work. With its think-tank roots, WRI values innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of making a significant difference in the world.

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