Climate Lead

WRI - World Resources Institute

Beijing, China


The Leader We Are Looking For

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.


Strategic leadership

  • Develop a well-structured and compelling climate strategy for WRI China, with a strong research foundation, clear priorities, and coherent vision.
  • In line with the climate strategy, identify, develop and implement projects to deliver large-scale, high impact outcomes.
  • Build coalitions and convene successful partnerships on climate policy research to advance WRI's climate change agenda.
  • Foster strong collaborative relationships with government representatives and media, including senior government officials in relevant government ministries and departments.
  • Foster a culture of excellence in work of the team and across WRI China.
  • Promote close and effective collaboration with relevant programs and centers at WRI as well as with other International Offices.

Program management

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.

  • Write and review reports/publications to ensure high quality, high impact publications in line with WRI’s requirements.
  • Participate in the WRI China office management as its management team member, and contribute to WRI China development in line with the WRI strategy.
  • Provide oversight of all China-related climate policy relevant research and analysis.
  • Review draft publications, blogs, press releases, and other research and communications materials to ensure they meet WRI’s high standards of quality.
  • Other tasks as directed by WRI China Country Director and Global Climate Director/Deputy Director.

Communications, outreach, and external relationship building

  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government, private sector, non-profit, academia, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Regularly communicate with external stakeholders to ensure our works will lead to on-the-ground change and to bring the outcomes to scale.
  • Communicate and coordinate with different programs, centers, offices, and initiatives within WRI network to create synergies.
  • Chair and/or represent WRI's point of view on climate policy developments at seminars, conferences, media interviews, blogs, press conferences, and other ways.
  • Write briefs, publish blogs, and conduct media interviews in order to set public and private sector agendas, influence decision-maker perspectives, and communicate findings and recommendations from WRI’s China climate work.


  • Lead the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and prospective donors.
  • Identify fundraising opportunities and prepare funding proposals for corporate donors, private foundations, government agencies, bilateral donors, and other funders.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Well-established China climate change expert with known track record on national and/or subnational climate works. Experience on mitigation is required while adaptation is a plus. In-depth understanding of China’s climate agenda both domestically and in relation to the international climate regime, as well as bilateral/multilateral relationships.
  • Proven ability to provide vision and superb strategic thinking skills to identify strategic projects, drive transformative change, and bring outcomes to scale.
  • Strong governmental network with significant experience in working directly with relevant ministries and proven experience on stakeholder engagement, convening, and partnership management.
  • Strong research skill with relevant experience on publishing high impact reports, familiar with peer review processes, and experience on multi-partner joint publications.
  • Track record on raising large-scale, multi-year funds with broad connections with funders, both domestically and internationally.
  • Excellent communication skills and command of written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Strong public speaker in both languages.
  • Superior management skills, including project management, staff supervision, and financial management. Demonstrated ability to successfully motivate and manage teams.
  • Familiar with the operation models of NGOs/research institutions.
  • Advanced degree in climate policy, energy, economics or other related fields (a PhD is highly desirable), with at least 10 years of progressive professional work experience related to climate and/or energy works in China.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within China and internationally.

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