Provincial Lead, China Coal Cap Project


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. 

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking two Provincial Leads to work with the Coal Cap team in our Beijing office.  The Provincial Lead will be responsible for technical support and administrative oversight in designing and implementing the project’s provincial strategy. The Provincial Lead will serve as the principal liaison to local research and government entities, collaborate with partners to conduct rigorous policy research and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all research products and outreach activities in targeted provinces. 

The Provincial Lead position 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) 

Project Management (50% of time required)

Research and Advocacy (30% of time required) 

Development (10% of time required) 


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. 

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter, in which salary expectation and availability are stated, through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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