Project Manager, Oil Cap Project


December 2017

Oil Cap Project Manager – NRDC Beijing Office


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is seeking a full-time, experienced project manager for our China Oil Cap Policy Project, 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 key sectors including transportation and the chemicals 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 environmental organization, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe to advance policy solutions for the planet and its people around the world. NRDC works in countries including the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and the EU.


NRDC’s China Program is at the forefront of supporting China’s efforts on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change and environmental protection. We are proud to have collaborated with many academic, governmental, and non-governmental partners around the country to help accelerate these efforts.


Position Summary:

The China Oil Cap Policy Project Manager will be responsible for overall project administration and implementation, and coordination of project subgrantees for a project cooperating with government research institutes, think tanks, and universities, on the research, design, and implementation of an oil consumption cap policy for China to meet environmental, health, climate, and sustainable economic development goals. With support from the project team, the PM will be responsible for coordinating subgrantees including management of research proposals and contracting, monitoring and ensuring progress, and communication of research results. The PM will develop and manage effective internal processes on progress and financial reporting, budget and expense monitoring, and coordination with the Finance and Development teams in NRDC’s head office on payments, contracting, and other related issues. The Project Manager will be based in NRDC’s Beijing Office and will be an integral part of the China Climate and Energy team.



Under the guidance of the China Climate and Energy Project Director and Senior Advisor, manage the Oil Cap Policy project, including developing yearly budgets and work plans; manage research proposals; contracts and payments for subgrantees; monitor partner progress; ensure on-time reporting and delivery of research results; facilitate effective communication and collaboration among project partners; and address any challenges to project implementation in a timely manner.

Develop and manage the process for the collection of progress and financial reports from research partners and 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.

Organize research steering committee meetings to review and provide feedback on subgrantees’ research approximately every 2-3 months.

Lead organization of yearly international workshop focused on oil consumption reduction policies and experiences in China and internationally.

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.

Strive for teamwork, high performance and accountability.



Advanced degree in energy, environmental policy or science, management, or another related field.

Successful past experience (5 or more years) and strong ability in managing large-scale, multi-partner energy/environmental policy research projects in China. Experience working in the public and/or non‐profit sector preferable.

Experience with project management, including proposal writing, budgeting, expense tracking, and progress and financial reporting.

Self-motivated, with strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize them to meet deadlines.

Solid policy and technical understanding of energy and environmental issues, including energy policy and technology; environmental impacts of oil use, including air, soil, and water pollution and GHG emissions; and electric vehicle/automobile industry.

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.

Care for details, accuracy and high-quality output.


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