Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

China Oil Cap Program Associate

Job Locations CN-Beijing
Posted Date 8 months ago(2/13/2020 10:27 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
International [404000]


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a full-time program associate (consultant) for our China Oil Cap Project at the Climate and Energy Program, to be based in NRDC’s Beijing office. The project seeks to help China to peak and reduce its oil consumption as early as possible in two key sectors, i.e. transportation and the petrochemicals industry, by providing policy and technical recommendations to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.


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. NRDC works in countries and regions including the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and the European Union.


For two decades, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 40 based in our Beijing office, we have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that 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 State Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.


Position Summary:


The Program Associate (PA) for China Oil Cap Project will report to the China Oil Cap Project Manager and work in the project team to ensure effective implementation of the project and achievement of the goals. The PA will be based in NRDC’s Beijing office and will form an integral part of the NRDC China climate and energy team.


  • Support the Climate and Energy Program in the China Oil Cap project implementation, including reviewing research proposals, managing contracts and payments for subgrantees, ensuring on-time progress and quality financial reporting by subgrantees, facilitating effective communications and coordination among project partners; carrying out administrative tasks for the project, and addressing any challenges to project implementation in collaboration with the team.
  • Work closely with local partners to monitor progress on project activities and deliverables, including regular communications with partners, and organizing and participating in research progress review meetings every 2-3 months.
  • Assist the Project Manager with building and maintaining relationships with funders, help provide supporting materials for fundraising, and help prepare NRDC’s progress and finance reports to project funders.
  • Monitor project expenditures and ensure proper controls and smooth invoicing and payment to subgrantees upon satisfactory completion of deliverables.
  • Work with project team members and subgrantees to develop reports and communication materials related to project research and recommendations.
  • Work with other members of NRDC’s China Program and US colleagues to enhance NRDC’s research and advocacy efforts related to oil consumption reduction policies, electric vehicles, and related energy and environmental policy.
  • Provide input on research activities and identify research challenges. Seek input from experts on project goals, methodology and outputs.
  • Communicate analysis and policy recommendations to Chinese policymakers, research institutes, industry, experts, and other relevant parties, to support the development of a comprehensive oil cap policy in China.
  • Assist with research on policies needed to support a national oil consumption cap policy in China, focusing on the transportation and petrochemical sectors, as well as relevant subnational oil cap policies.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the work of China Program as needed and strive for teamwork, high performance and accountability.


  • Bachelor’s degree or above with at least 1-2 years of working experience. No background in specific areas required but candidates with knowledge in energy, environment, transportation, petrochemicals or policy research desirable.
  • Self-motivated, with strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize them to meet deadlines.
  • Broad knowledge of clean energy and climate change policy in China, and the ability to analyze how policies can be improved, including through adoption and adaptation of international best practices and technologies.
  • Experience working cooperatively with stakeholders from government, research institutes, universities, companies, and NGOs. Strong interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Strong Chinese and English language skills, including the ability to communicate, research, translate and preferably write persuasively in both languages.
  • Experience working with Excel, Word and PowerPoint for project management and communications. Experience with graphic design and email newsletter management a plus.
  • Care for details, accuracy and high-quality output.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume in both English and Chinese and cover letter in English through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting.


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Applications will be accepted until filled. For further information about NRDC, please visit and



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