The Leader We Are Looking For
Climate change is the most important – and difficult -- collective action challenge facing humanity this century. Thanks to the Paris Climate deal and spectacular gains in technology and knowledge we are better equipped to address it today than at any time before. But we are not yet on track, and time is running out. Reaching the Paris goal of “well below 2 degrees” will require emissions to peak by 2020 or shortly thereafter, and to decline to net zero by the middle of the century. This in turn will require system-wide shifts of major proportions across most key spheres of economic and social life.
China is poised to play a major role in this historic transition. It is today the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses but, equally importantly, it is leading on the innovation and investment needed to decisively tackle climate change. During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping clearly indicated his vision to build green, low-carbon and circular economic systems, emphasizing green development and “eco-civilization”. This vision points to the historic opportunity that China has to accelerate its economic transition towards low-carbon development. President Xi’s vision pushes the government to think well beyond the current commitment to peak carbon dioxide by 2030, and creates opportunities to significantly change planning frameworks and mindsets at both national and subnational levels.
WRI is seeking a creative and multi-talented expert on China climate policy to fill the role of Climate Lead in its WRI China office. Reporting to the WRI China Director, you will lead the development of a comprehensive and compelling climate strategy for WRI China that will help Chinese authorities identify optimal pathways for delivering on the country’s current climate commitments, and for increasing ambition in the years to come. As a thought leader, you will propose innovative approaches to enable the sustained transformation of China’s economy to achieve long-term zero-carbon targets. You will consider structural and geographical challenges, and identify key entry points for leveraging change. Issues around social impacts and equity will also be addressed. With the WRI China Director, you will shape and develop strategies for engaging with local and national political leaders in government, academia and civil society.
WRI’s Climate Program, including global and international office staff, engages businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions that mitigate climate change and help communities adapt to its impacts. With a team of more than 50 experts world-wide, and close partnerships with dozens of peer organizations and leading researchers, the global and international office Climate teams leverage deep analysis and inclusive stakeholder processes to deliver ambitious impact on a global scale. Whether designing the most widely-used tool for emissions accounting with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, re-writing the narrative of environmental development with the New Climate Economy, or playing a critical role in the UNFCCC Paris Agreement – WRI’s Climate Program is a trusted, innovative, and effective leader in the field.
Manage day-to-day operations of the China Climate Program, including project, financial, administrative, human resource matters, and prepare progress reports to funders and internally within WRI.
Communications, outreach, and external relationship building
Qualifications and Requirements
About WRI China
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.
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