Project Operations Manager, China Food and Nature Resources

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World Resources Institute

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Beijing, China

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30+ days ago


The WRI China Food and Natural Resources Program dedicates to the sustainable transition of the food and land system to ensure food security, accelerate climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity protection, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiatives, and protection of the environment and human health.

To support the above work, we seek a Project Operations Manager to provide project management support for the team. We require excellent attention to detail, a good understanding of team dynamics, goal-oriented, excellent interpersonal skills and management ability, substantial time and priority management abilities.

Job Responsibilities

Fiduciary Management (60% of the time required)

  • Work with global and local team members and stakeholders to define a comprehensive, multi-year project operation strategy to maximize WRI's impact on food and natural resources-related initiative.
  • Participate in project KPI system design and prepare KPI report documents for donors.
  • Lead regular reporting to donors on the progress of the technical and financial elements of the project.
  • Conduct systematic project progress tracking, monitoring and evaluation monthly, quarterly, and annual.
  • Ensure project implementation is aligned with the donor's work plan, identify potential risks that may impact deliverables, and coordinate with the team to resolve them beforehand.
  • Communicate with team members and partners to document and share the updated status of project implementation.

Compliance Control and Financial Management (30% of the time required)

  • Assist Project Director in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of complex international and multi-lateral grants and contracts and ensure all financial documents align with the funder's requirement.
  • Ensure the team complies with funder-specific and WRI financial requirements and best practices. Oversee the project's contracts and payments to comply with internal WRI budgeting, contract processes, and deadlines.
  • Prepare and manage the FNR project's annual overall and funder-specific budgets, including monitoring monthly expenses and updating budgets monthly.
  • Coordinate and lead monthly, quarterly, and annual financial review meetings, and review monthly expenses and staff labor hours.
  • Lead FNR project representation in finance and operations-related meetings.
  • Assist in fundraising tasks, including creating budgets for funding proposals, drafting funder proposals, and donor stewardship.

Operation (10% of the time required)

  • Serve as head of the FNR project's operations, proactively coordinating with other functional departments within WRI on budget, financial flow, contract, payment, development, communication, human resources issues, and other WRI international offices, as related to project operation.
  • Develop and roll out standardized project management and reporting system, with support from project leadership.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, public/business administration and environmental engineering and Management, or relevant majors
  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience in managing/operating projects
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in Chinese and English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and passion for working with people across all levels and with different cultures
  • Prior engagement in environmental and/or international development focus area is a plus
  • Strong skills and knowledge of database software and Management, such as IBM Planning Analytics (Cognos), TM1, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, SharePoint, and other collaborative work platforms
  • Ability to think creatively and resolve complex, multi-disciplinary challenges
  • Commitment to WRI's mission and values
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and contractors, particularly regarding grant compliance and monitoring
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong writing, database management, and proofreading skills

Position reports to
China Food and Nature Resources Program Director

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills

Duration: Full-time regular

Location: Beijing, China

Start Date: As soon as possible

How to Apply:

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Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Finalist candidates will be required to take a written test.

About WRI China

WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first international office. Currently, WRI China has more than 30 full-time staff members working on Climate & Energy, Sustainable Cities, Green BRI, and Food & Land. We engage with businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions for sustainable development and “ecological civilization”. WRI China recently registered as a foreign NGO under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

WRI Overview

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