Grants & Finance Specialist, Economics, Washington DC Job at World Resources Institute, Washington DC

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  • World Resources Institute
  • Washington DC

Job Description


This position will be based in WRI Washington DC office. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.

About the Program:

The World Resources Institute’s Economics Center helps provide a better understanding of the value that healthy ecosystems and climate action provide to the economy. Using an economics lens, we analyze problems and solutions at the intersection of environment and human well-being. We develop tools and guidance to help decision-makers understand the economic and social trade-offs of investing in and protecting natural resources and the climate. We identify equitable outcomes and help leaders understand policy and development impacts on vulnerable populations. Our research makes the case for why climate action and ecosystem protection go hand-in-hand with economic growth and prosperity. And our coalitions bring together a diverse set of decision-makers and influencers to create lasting change.

Job Highlight:

WRI’s Global Economics Center requires an experienced professional to support the center with program management, budgeting, contracts, grants, and execution of project activities across multiple active projects. You will work closely with other Global and in-country WRI teams, as well as external research partners and service providers in the development of new funding proposals, projects, and workstreams. In pursuit of these efforts, your specific responsibilities will include budget management, proposal development, grant compliance, managing contracts and subagreements, facilitating outreach efforts, organizing team meeting and international workshops. Position available for work in the DC office or remote in select states in the US with manager approval.

What will you do:

Budgeting and Financial Management (30%):

Prepare and monitor the Global Economics Center’s annual overall budget as well project- and funder-specific budgets up to multiple years, monitoring changes and providing updates to managers and Director on projects’ financial status, risks, and needs Review and monitor all project transactions, commitments, and revenue prospects, and work with project managers to collect updates and resolve issues Work with other WRI teams to ensure successful collaboration on matrixed projects, including tracking staff time and avoiding gaps or imbalances Support fundraising tasks, including creating budgets for funding proposals, responding to financial inquiries from donors, and supporting managers in monitoring appropriate use of donor funds Support Economics Center staff with WRI travel policy, expense reports, and other financial reimbursements and policies

Grants and Contracts Management (30%):

Prepare and maintain sub-grant and contract agreements with partners and service providers, ensuring appropriate WRI policies are followed, and project managers are aware of formally assigned terms, completion of work, and risks to deliverables Review invoices and subgrantee financial reports and submit payments on project manager approval Assist project managers in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of complex international and multi-lateral grants and contracts, including submission of funder financial reports, collection and payment of contract invoices, adherence to funder restrictions, etc Support development and submission of grant proposals and generate grant financial reports to WRI and donor specifications Monitor grant revenues and outstanding payments, including those in foreign currency, and support collection of commitments and proper forecast and tracking of Economics Center fundraising prospects

Program Support & Event Management (40%):

Support Global Director on financial, staffing, and other operational risks and recommend mitigation strategies Track Economics Center achievements, professional development and mandatory institutional priorities Support scheduling, agenda-setting, and action-item follow-up for Economics Center team meetings, retreats, and other special needs Maintain important files and support knowledge management across Economics Center projects Coordinates recruitment and manage onboarding of new team members and interns as needed Coordinate conferences, webinars and event logistics for domestic and international meetings and workshops, including venue, catering, equipment, translators, travel, per diem and visa support for WRI staff and event participants. Maintain records of event photos, agenda, participants, etc

What will you need:

Education: You have a completed Bachelor's degree required or sufficient work experience to demonstrate equivalent professional competency Experience: You have 3+ years of full-time relevant work experience in international nonprofit or business operations, finance, contracts, grants management, preferably with nonprofit and/or international organizations Detail-oriented and organized thinker with an interest in program operations, grant compliance, and financial management Demonstrated strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), web-based communications (Teams, Zoom), with CRM database (Salesforce), project management (Asana) and budgeting preferred. Advanced Excel skills required Ability to manage multiple priorities and work under pressure with tight deadlines Flexible and capable of working with minimal direction and supervision Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in and with a diverse and dispersed team Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and the values of integrity, innovation and respect that underpin all aspects of our operations US work authorization is required for this position

Potential Salary: Salary range is between 69,000 and 78,000 USD. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of July 25, 2023. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

A competitive salary Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US. The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities. A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work. The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI. Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours. Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us:

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.

Our culture:

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

Job Tags

Full time, Contract work, Work experience placement, Remote job, Flexible hours,

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