World Resources Institute

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World Resources Institute London, UK
Jul 26, 2018
Full time
Position Overview in this position, you will assist in leading the implementation of a global initiative and partnership to accelerate progress toward a sustainable new ocean economy.  Reporting to the Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, You will be part of a global team and will coordinate research and outreach, and planning and execution of meetings with key partners. Engaging in the growing number of ocean initiatives, you will assist in finding strategic synergies within and across geographies and sectors and to galvanize widespread collaboration and provide support to the broad community of government, corporate and non-governmental organizations.  The New Ocean Economy is a shared partnership designed to inspire ambition, mobilize action, and support institutions in a cross-sectoral transition toward a sustainable Ocean economy and achievement of SDG 14. The partnership makes a compelling case for how economic development and ocean protection can go hand-in-hand, empower persuasive messengers, monitor “how goes the battle” among the ocean movement, and help improve synergies between disparate initiatives. In particular, the New Ocean Economy helps bridge and mutually support the UN Ocean Conference and Our Ocean communities. This is a multi-faceted role requiring collaboration with external partners and colleagues across the Institute, including WRI’s international offices, to support programmatic work. If you have a passion for the environment and development, superb people skills, excellent organizational, writing and communication skills and strong attention to detail to contribute meaningfully to advancing our mission, this role provides a unique vantage point at a leading think tank. Responsibilities   Assist in implementation of overarching strategies designed to achieve broad support and integration of current ocean initiatives in the lead-up to the 2019 Our Ocean conference and the 2020 UN Conference Develop and maintain working relationships with government officials and national and international institutions as well as relevant NGOs in the field Work in close collaboration with other allies and organizations in order to maximize the impact of the initiative’s efforts; convene partnerships  Contribute to the implementation of project activities that encompass a range of sectors and topics to produce a landmark ocean economy report Conduct landscape assessments and identify gaps in knowledge and opportunities to create synergies within existing decision-making processes or research  Support production of original research and liaise with external contractors Identify gaps and opportunities to create synergies within existing decision-making processes or research Work with other team members to support meetings, calls, and webinars of panelists and/or champions Track current ocean initiatives, sharing knowledge and policy developments to facilitate collaboration and integration Contribute to fundraising activities, including cultivating donor relationships, developing and submitting funding proposals, and meeting reporting requirements Required Qualifications   Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in public policy, international relations or environmental science or equivalent experience strongly preferred Minimum of  3   years of experience in the international conservation arena, with a  particular focus  on or familiarity  with international ocean conservation. Experience d esigning and implementing programs an d initiatives Excellent political, strategic and analytical abilities with proven program management skills to develop, execute and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals Demonstrated strong analytical and  problem solving  skills Flexible, creative, and consistent and able to assume high level accountability for all areas of responsibility Strong commitment to producing measurable results Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office suite   Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
World Resources Institute Washington, DC, USA
Jul 26, 2018
Internship- Paid
Program Overview To stop deforestation, we need to know where it is happening and who is responsible in time to take action. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is the only free online platform providing near-real time information and analysis about when, where and why forests are changing around the world. Global Forest Watch uses machine learning algorithms and expert analysis to distill satellite imagery, crowdsourced information, and hundreds of open datasets into actionable insights and policy-relevant information about forests worldwide. GFW’s online platform is simple to use, allowing anyone with an internet connection or mobile phone to access data, create dynamic maps, and produce custom analyses with just a few clicks. Designed for action, Global Forest Watch enables researchers, government officials, companies, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens anywhere to make better-informed decisions about managing and conserving forests. Job Summary We are searching for a skilled writer/editor to support Global Forest Watch. This position will work with GFW experts and partners to develop and edit data-driven stories. A key part of the job is oversight of the   Global Forest Watch blog , which publishes stories and analyses about forest monitoring and management. The position will also produce content for GFW’s social media accounts, as well as write copy and do basic graphic design for marketing materials. The junior writer/ editor will report to GFW’s External Relations Specialist, along with GFW’s Community Engagement & Product Marketing Specialist. Job Responsibilities The junior writer/editor’s main areas of responsibility will include the following: Editing and Writing (60%): Oversee the day to day production of GFW blogs and editorial content by conceptualizing, writing and editing data-driven stories and multimedia content. Solicit research findings and new analyses from GFW staff and partners and turn complex research findings into clever, compelling prose. Help develop key messages from research findings. Support the GFW blog ( globalforestwatch.org ) by posting and updating content, producing analytics to determine trends in blog readership, identifying actions to expand our audience, and assisting with overall blog strategy. Write copy for GFW marketing materials, such as brochures, postcards, and web pages. Develop content for GFW newsletters and email marketing campaigns. Manage translations of GFW materials into our key languages by working with translation vendors. Support GFW’s “Global Forests Update,” a forthcoming major report on the state of the world’s forests. Tell stories about how recipients of GFW’s Small Grants Fund are using data and technology to defend and manage forests. Social Media (25%): Support daily activity for GFW’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts by developing social media copy, graphics, and video. Work with GFW partners and related platforms to cross-promote content. Other Communications (15%): Work with graphic designers and data visualization specialists to develop key visual content, both static and interactive. Occasionally support video production. Assist with the creation of related web content, outreach materials, newsletters, and fundraising materials, as needed. Support GFW’s community engagement efforts by helping to manage our lists of contacts in constituent relationship management (CRM) software like Pardot and Salesforce. Occasional support for events (particularly developing compelling PowerPoint presentations, talking points, etc.). Collaborate closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and communication staff across the Institute, especially the organization’s Editorial Manager and Editor/Content Specialist. Job Qualifications Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field 1+ years of relevant, full-time experience in scientific communications or journalism Prior experience managing a blog, web channel, or institutional social media accounts Familiarity with web development and design (especially managing content in WordPress) Demonstrated experience or expertise in writing on science, environment, or international development issues High degree of comfort exploring and working with data though visual analysis or other means Understanding of the media landscape and storytelling trends Experience writing/producing graphic and interactive features Excellent interpersonal skills Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment Self-starter who is comfortable leading projects from start to finish Preferred Qualifications: Experience with data journalism, online content development or similar experience strongly desired Experience working for a journalistic publication or newsroom Advanced language skills in French, Spanish, Portuguese or Bahasa Indonesia a major plus Proficiency with GIS or statistical software (e.g., R) a bonus Strong social media skills How to Apply Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume with 2-3 writing samples or a portfolio, to be submitted as part of their resume.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
World Resources Institute Washington, DC, USA
Jul 26, 2018
Full time
Overview   WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks an Associate to guide several sustainable transport research or institutional development projects to successful completion and measurable impacts. You will provide project management and research support to the Ross Center’s Urban Mobility team which contributes to research and project implementation in the areas of integrated transport, sustainable mobility, and road safety. The team supports and contributes to projects in the international Ross Center offices, leads global research activities synthesizing international best practices and contributes to institutional objectives. This is a twelve-month contract position with the potential to become a full-time position contingent on funding availability and performance. The opportunity will allow you to connect with sustainable transportation and urban development experts and key stakeholders around the world.  Responsibilities You will be responsible to facilitating the management and timely operations of all Urban Mobility projects. Your main areas of responsibility will include approximately:  40% Project Management 40% Research 20% Communications Project Management Support coordination of the global mobility work, including different funding sources, to ensure consistency and high-quality deliverables. This includes coordination with diverse teams of researchers, engineers, economists, communicators and designers – including remote staff – to implement projects and advance research within the urban mobility program Support monitoring and managing project deliverables, setting and clarifying priorities for project teams along key solutions provided in the urban mobility work plan (e.g. New Mobility, Transport Demand Management, Public Transport, Walking/Cycling, Mobility Planning) Monitor and manage project budget performance, expenses and revenue on an as needed basis for select projects within the program In collaboration with the Urban Mobility Director, senior and junior staff, develop work plans and project strategies Support, lead and/ or coordinate proposal writing (both narratives and budgets) Complete institutional and donor reporting (narrative, quantitative and financial) for projects Contribute to sustainable transport knowledge sharing across WRI network Support the maintenance of shared datasets Research Lead research on sustainable transport, impact evaluation and institutional process to advance the Urban Mobility work, this includes documenting emerging trends and best practices in urban transport, city planning livability and environmental sustainability Develop and apply quantitative and qualitative transport and urban planning research methodologies Develop knowledge products (reports, working papers, etc.) that follow WRI research guidelines to support the solutions of the Urban Mobility work plan. These topics may include but are not limited to: New Mobility, Transport Demand Management, Public Transport, Walking/Cycling, Mobility Planning Conduct desktop or spot research on selected issues as the arise; as well as prepare presentations Act as internal reviewer for WRI publications each year Communications Manage writing and review of research publications, blogs and other content Develop project influence strategies and execute them in collaboration with Marketing & Communications experts; Write succinct and timely content related to sustainable transport trends and solutions Develop and lead others to develop refined presentations for internal and external audiences, and make presentations to such audiences.Additionally, in keeping with WRI’s commitment to gender equity across our programs, the Associate will also be required to identify relevant gender issues, as determined through a gender analysis, and ensure adequate and effective attention to these issues in project and partner development, budgeting and management Qualifications Required Qualifications Three+ years of work experience in the field of urban development or planning, transport planning, transport & climate change or climate finance, either in a project implementation or research capacity Sound understanding of sustainable transport/mobility issues, including public transport, walking & cycling, transport demand management, mobility/transport planning, etc., and knowledge on how sustainable transport relates to environment, health and quality of life Demonstrated ability to connect research results to measurable external change Advanced degree in transport planning/engineering, urban/regional planning, economics or environmental science Professional history of increasing project management responsibilities, including leading diverse teams and managing six-figure project budgets Prior supervision and mentorship of one or more junior staff Demonstrated excellent written and spoken English communication skills Strong quantitative, analytical and research skills Published research in peer-reviewed journals Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, sometimes competing, priorities <em< em=""> Preferred Qualifications Creativity and an ability to apply innovative techniques, and approaches in gathering, analyzing, and visualizing data and demonstrated experience of statistical, modeling or visualization software (R, Python, TransCad, Tableau, D3) and GIS mapping applications (PostGIS, QGIS, Postgres, Carto) At least 1-year experience working on sustainable urban development or transport in a developing country Knowledge of foreign language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, or others are welcome Experience with external communications and/or donor management How to Apply Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered. Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples (e.g. one blog entry, one published academic article). 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World Resources Institute Washington, DC, USA
Jul 26, 2018
Full time
Program Overview Our Operations department is focused on enabling our global offices to be as low risk as possible and enhancing their operational capabilities through a bond of mutual and sustainable growth, a high level of collaboration with each other and ability to share knowledge across the sisterhood of offices. This will be accomplished by establishing mutually agreed upon standards of performance and measuring the efficiency and effectiveness for the global offices. All offices will have a clear focus on achieving a high capacity rating and be able to pass an organizational assessment to ensure funding capacity and legality. We strive to provide for clear processes across our network to manage and mitigate the institutional risks – operational, personnel, financial, and political. Job Summary Reporting to the Senior Finance Manager, you will support the team by assisting in developing trainings, improving systems and processes as well as monitoring performance across WRI. You will be involved in cross functional project management, financial analysis, process improvement for internal systems within the Operations department for our global offices. Job Responsibilities Main areas of responsibility will include the following: Internal Operations Support : Support the Finance team. Assist the Global Finance Director and the Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO) in operational and core support projects (grants & contracts, accounting, operations, human resources, facilities, communications, development) Develop and refine training curriculum for the Institute’s internal operational systems and processes Lead, under supervision of the Global Finance Director, in strategic initiatives that require change management Conduct periodic Operations service quality assessments and action plans Schedule meetings and provide administrative support in meetings as needed Special Project Management : Ensure timely and accurate key deliverables which include meaningful information to manage the Institute’s programs and offices. Ensure strong key decision support tools by identifying and driving process and system optimizations. Support WRI employees in project management related questions and support Track and document best practices (past performance, lessons learned) on assigned projects to share with team Review financial systems and processes/workflows to identify areas for process improvement Financial Reporting and Decision support : Communicate program, project, international office, and organization-wide financial and operational performance trends; historical and forecasted; using appropriate metrics. Emphasize processes and systems that facilitate the “One WRI” culture. Support the Senior Finance Manager in the annual and quarterly financial reviews with programs, departments, and country offices that are coordinated by the Finance team, analyzing and writing up minutes, action items, and trends Support the Global Finance Director and the CFOO in various ad hoc reporting and presentations using PowerPoint, Power BI, Excel, and Word Under supervision of Senior Finance Manager, support the Finance team on monthly and quarterly financial reports and dashboard Assist programs in reviewing proposals, coordinate for cross-programmatic proposals as needed Be familiar with Salesforce CRM and SharePoint and be able to advise employees on tracking donors Assist in tracking grants, revenue, cash/receivables for the Institute Job Qualifications Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree Minimum of 2 years of relevant finance full-time work experience Systems experience : PowerPoint, Salesforce, Sharepoint workflows, Visio, Power BI, Office 365 suite of applications Strong written, interpersonal, communication and customer service skills; ability to work across levels and with other countries Ability to own and manage significant projects and to be creative and proactive in finding solutions Highly attentive to detail and well organized Possess excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and the ability to apply sound judgment to complex business transactions Self-motivated with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision Commitment to WRI’s mission and institutional values Preferred experience : ERP experience, international work with developing countries  To be successful in this position, you will: Be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for engaging staff and managers to drive results Demonstrate capacity to work well under pressure with competing demands Collaborate across a global network and manage remote relationships Be creative and innovative, integrating ideas and input from various sources to find solutions Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com