Executive Assistant, Ocean Programme Global Director

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World Resources Institute

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London, United Kingdom

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29 days ago

Program Overview:

The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Ocean Program is focused on accelerating progress toward a sustainable ocean economy and achievement of SDG 14 - the Ocean Goal. The program supports efforts to address the numerous challenges the ocean faces and encourage conservation of the marine environment alongside the sustainable use of the marine resources that are so crucial to many countries’ economic development and human well-being. Despite the central importance of a healthy ocean to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, solutions offered by the ocean, and the ocean economy, to support sustainable and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as food insecurity and climate mitigation and adaption have been largely overlooked. Through the Ocean Program, WRI has set out to change this narrative, to build a greater understanding among governments, business leaders, financiers and practitioners of the opportunities, solutions, values and contribution of the ocean to the global economy, human health and wellbeing, and to accelerate knowledge-based decision making and solutions that drive inclusive ocean based economic opportunities while sustaining ocean ecosystems and coastal populations. Amongst a range of project and activities the WRI Ocean team serves as the Secretariat to two globally influential ocean initiatives, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) and the Friends of Ocean Action (with the World Economic Forum), which allows us to place cutting edge research and analysis in the hands of decision makers to shape agendas and policies at the highest levels of business and government. WRI will also launch a new open data platform, Ocean Watch, in 2021 to deliver science to policy makers and support decision making for integrated ocean management. With ocean partners, WRI works to raise the profile of the ocean on the international stage and catalyst and accelerate responsive action and innovative solutions for a sustainable ocean economy. Learn more at https://www.wri.org/ocean

Job Summary:

We seek an assertive, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to provide administrative and operational support to the Ocean Program’s Global Director. Responsibilities include a variety of administrative and logistical activities such as scheduling, travel arrangements, expense management, financial management, correspondence management and events coordination.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Global Director's correspondence and calendar
  • Organize the Global Director’s travel programme
  • Prepare expense reports for the Global Director
  • Coordinate and provide administrative support for ocean program events such as preparing agendas, collating materials and producing PowerPoint presentations
  • Provide logistical support for ocean program meetings and events including researching travel, accommodation and meeting venue options
  • Review, organize and maintain project files and documents
  • Support internal team coordination and communication.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or additional relevant work experience in lieu
  • Minimum one year of relevant work experience in a similar position
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
  • Solid organizational skills, attention to detail and an interest in program administration and coordination
  • Interest in the Ocean and the challenges it faces is desirable.

Potential Salary: £31,000 - £37,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors

How to Apply: Please submit a personalized cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview:

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, 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.

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.