China Global Program Manager

International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. Armed with on the ground evidence and cutting edge research, International Rivers mobilizes civil society and communities to advocate for improved river basin governance, transparent and accountable energy infrastructure, and human rights. We have been the driving force behind iconic campaigns to protect the world’s great rivers from harmful projects and have pioneered global policy solutions. We are a global organization headquartered in Berkeley, California supporting regional offices in Asia, South America and Africa.

Our work on China’s global footprint envisions China as a leader in building and financing environmentally and socially sound water and energy projects both domestically and around the world. Our strategy is to engage in constructive dialogue with Chinese actors to understand their motivations, create spaces for advocacy and convey incentives for them to change their behavior.

We are seeking a Manager for the China Global Program. The position will be based in our Beijing office, will have supervisory responsibilities and will be line managed by the China Program Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Strengthening environmental performance and accountability of hydropower companies

International Rivers has developed an effective method to foster accountability of Chinese hydropower corporations. We produce publically accessible reports that benchmark companies by scoring and ranking them in relation to one another. The first such report, released in 2015 had a big impact on the companies and advanced valuable discussions with the corporations.

The Program Manager will assist the China Program team with finalising the production of Phase 2 of the report and will continuing to monitor the seven hydropower projects that have already been reviewed.

2. Beyond Green Financing

The Belt & Road Initiative demonstrates the Chinese government’s willingness to increase international cooperation and signifies its aim to play a larger role in global affairs. In support of this initiative, China has created several financial institutions so as to lend more to large infrastructure projects around the world.

The Manager will monitor the hydropower projects of institutions like the AIIB, Silk Road Fund and NDB. The Manager will work with the Policy Director in Washington, China Program team in Beijing and with NGO partners around the world.

3. Educating & Training Partners and Companies

The Manager will update International Rivers’ materials (PPTs and reports) geared towards informing NGOs outside of China how to negotiate and exert the most influence over Chinese banks and companies.

The Manager will develop trainings for Chinese hydropower company employees on why & how to strengthen their policies and improve their practices.


Additional Responsibilities:

The Manager may have additional performance targets around communications (producing blogs for the website and liaising with journalists), assisting with fundraising outreach and writing fundraising proposals and reports. The Manager will supervise the work of interns and volunteers.


Qualifications Required for this Position:

– Master Degree or equivalent professional experience required (preference for degrees in environmental science, social science or engineering); – Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills in English and Chinese; – International work and/or research experience; – Strong computer and web skills;

– Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop effective campaigns;

– Knowledge and understanding of China’s political landscape and NGO community;

– At least three years of experience in social or environmental advocacy work;

– At least two years of supervision experience;

– Diligence, independence, ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines;

– Ability to work well in a team and within an international network (able to work flexible hours to accommodate calls with colleagues and partners around the world);

– Comfortable with undertaking solo domestic, regional and international travel;

– Commitment to environmental integrity, social justice, and the vision and mission of International Rivers.

To Apply:

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. To apply, please submit the following in Word or pdf format to Stephanie Cormier at with “China Global Program Manager – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.

1) A letter of interest explaining why you would like to join International Rivers and how your skills are appropriate for this position. Also include when you would be available to start.

2) A brief relevant writing sample in English.

3) A resume or CV.