Knowledge Management Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Knowledge Management Coordinator to work with the International team in our DC office. NRDC is a global leader on the issue of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASGM) and mercury. In this role, NRDC is executing a global knowledge management and communications project, under of theGlobal Opportunities for Long-term Development (GOLD) in ASGM program, a UN Environment initiative. In alignment with NRDC’s strategic focus on healthy and thriving communities both in the US and internationally, the GEF GOLD program will strive to control mercury pollution and other environmental impacts from mercury-based ASGM by replacing this widespread practice with safer, mercury-free methods, without undermining critically needed livelihoods.


This position coordinates the knowledge component of this project.  The objective would be to increase access to information and exchange among project participating partners and the wider ASGM community on key ASGM topics, such as formalization, access to finance and technology transfer. This person will also assist with the coordination of a specific campaign in conjunction with a downstream user or users of gold, specifically jewelers, to increase awareness and demand for responsible gold.


The knowledge management coordinator’s responsibilities will include the following:


  • Research, collate and document available information relevant to key ASGM topics, including: Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) in ASGM; developing and implementing ASGM National Action Plans under the new global mercury treaty; successful methods for financing responsible, mercury-free ASGM; mercury-free methods of small scale gold mining, and other topics as identified;
  • Assist financial advocacy subcontractor to identify existing courses on financial management for miners, as well as courses on ASM aimed at investors;
  • Work with country-level GEF GOLD projects to identify in-country amplifiers of knowledge dissemination, including for example universities and think tanks;
  • In collaboration with financial, supply chain and ASGM knowledge experts, create new synthesis materials and needed educational materials and tools, where necessary, to fill information gaps, especially with regard to ASGM investment models;
  • Collect, analyze and document results of other related projects in the GOLD program, including cross-country comparisons;
  • Assist with documentation of use of supplemental fund;
  • Assist with designing and convening global forums, educational events, including in-person meetings and distance learning and dialogues;
  • Manage database of stakeholders and experts that can be accessed as information resources;
  • Assist with collaboration with gold buyers to promote responsible sourcing of ASGM-produced gold and develop report on outcomes;
  • Assist project manager to monitor, evaluate and report on progress of indicators specific to this project.


  • Career-level professional knowledge relevant to Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining, in areas such as; the Minamata Convention, formalization, finance, technical alternatives;
  • 5-7 years of public or private sector experience;
  • Advanced degree in science, social sciences, international development, and/or other related fields;
  • Experience with research deriving from formal peer-review literature as well as “grey” literature;
  • Experience working with UN agencies and international development industry (for- or non-profit);
  • Excellent leadership and project management skills;
  • Training and/or certification in project monitoring and evaluation with strong qualitative and analytic capabilities;
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills (including public speaking);
  • Ability to build and work with coalitions with multiple stakeholders;
  • Self-motivation and ability to manage multiple assignments, work efficiently and meet deadlines with limited supervision;
  • Strong strategic planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to travel internationally when needed (up to 20%);
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word and Outlook and;
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French are preferred.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. 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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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree