Provincial Associate, China Coal Cap Project (2 positions)
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. For two decades, NRDC has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 30 people based in our Beijing office, NRDC China Program have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that conserve natural resources, curb pollution and accelerate China's transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.
NRDC is seeking two Provincial Associates to work with the Coal Cap team in our Beijing office. The Provincial Associate will be responsible for supporting the team leader and the Provincial Lead on strategy development, project management, and providing administrative support.
The Provincial Associate will involve regular travel (assuming doing so safely is possible) to partner provinces, such as Shandong, Shanxi, Henan, and Inner Mongolia. This is a full-time consultant position. The selected candidate will be offered for an initial term of one year, with the potential to extend based on program needs and funding availability.
Strategy Development (10% of time required)
Contribute to the creation of a provincial strategy driven by local needs and circumstances in support of coal reduction and energy transition efforts in the province.
Support the Provincial Lead in developing and updating annual work plans.
Contribute to annual budget development.
Project Management and Administrative Support (80% of time required)
Support and provide guidance to partners in preparing research proposals, budgets, contracts, and compliance materials.
Support the team to monitor project progress, help organize and attend regular review meetings at the project and follow up with partners to ensure achievement of desired deliverables and outcomes.
Process invoices and help with budget tracking, prepare monthly expense forecast and fund request, and support compliance and reporting as required.
Schedule and coordinate various external and internal meetings and seminars (e.g. report releases, publicity events, staff field visits, etc.), including but not limited to administrative and logistical arrangements, meeting material preparation, and the recording and distribution of meeting minutes.
Maintain project contract and document library, ensuring project files (electronic and paper) are well organized and up-to-date.
Research and Advocacy (10% of time required)
Draft, proofread, and edit policy notes, memorandums, presentations, and other documents, and, if needed, summarize and/or translate project-related materials.
Work closely with the Communications team to effectively communicate the project’s research findings and recommendations to various stakeholders.
Keep up-to-date on the latest developments in energy transition in China and internationally and their relevance for provincial coal reduction and energy transition efforts.
Minimum of 2 years of relevant, full-time work experience related to energy and environment.
Bachelor’s degree in energy, environment, business/public administration, international development, or a related field.
Excellent writing skills in both Mandarin and English.
A high degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
Strong interpersonal skills and detail-oriented and organized.
Self-motivated with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines.
Ability to work cooperatively with stakeholders, including policymakers, researchers, universities, companies, and NGOs.
Experience in key coal-consuming provinces, such as Shandong, Shanxi, Henan, and Inner Mongolia, is a plus.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment.
We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience.
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