Chief of Party, Clean Air Catalyst

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World Resources Institute

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29 days ago

This position will be based in any one of our WRI offices. You will be expected to hold existing work authorization for their preferred location at the time application is submitted. WRI is unable to sponsor this role for visa work authorization.

About the Program:

Through its network of global and local experts, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities supports city- and national-level change for people and the planet, focusing on integrated solutions to new and long-standing urban challenges, primarily in the Global South. The Clean Air Catalyst, a flagship initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID - Cooperative Agreement), is a global partnership led by WRI and the Environmental Defense Fund and supported by seven global atmospheric science, public health, media, and policy partners. By combining scientific analysis, community engagement and strategic coalition building, the Clean Air Catalyst focuses on locally tailored, cost-effective and sustainable air quality interventions that can help reduce air pollution and achieve health, climate and equity goals.

Job Highlight:

Reporting to Director, Urban Efficiency and Climate, you will serve as Chief of Party for the Clean Air Catalyst to help accelerate clean air solutions in Indore (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Jakarta (Indonesia). In this role, you will work closely with project partners and colleagues across WRI to ensure effective leadership, strategy development, annual work planning and stakeholder and funder management.

What will you do:

  • Provide strategic direction and management of the Clean Air Catalyst, ensuring timely delivery of all outputs and effective use of funds to deliver impact
  • Oversee and coordinate activities of global project partners and pilot teams, in collaboration with technical leads and pilot project managers, and maintain project plans and trackers via Asana
  • Manage consortium of global project partners, and support pilot team leads in maintaining relationships with pilot partners
  • Line management of the global Clean Air Catalyst team (8 FTE) and ensure close collaboration with other WRI Programs and International Offices
  • Liaise with USAID to refine and adapt Clean Air Catalyst activities, workplan, monitoring, evaluation, and learning, and other project structures as appropriate to meet project goals
  • Articulate project successes and lessons learned internally and to global project partners, USAID, USG constituencies and other relevant stakeholders, and lead development of high-quality knowledge products
  • Develop strategic opportunities to build on the successes and lessons learned from the Clean Air Catalyst to accelerate integrated climate and clean air action in other cities, and engage partners and funders as appropriate
  • Represent WRI and the Clean Air Catalyst at external meetings and discussions with key regional and international partner organizations
  • Ensure the project is compliant with USAID Rules and Regulations

What will you need:

  • Education: Advanced degree in science, engineering, policy, or related fields
  • Experience: Minimum 12 years of relevant full-time work experience, with 10+ years of experience in project management and project implementation in an international setting
  • Management experience in a USAID program of comparable size and scope is desirable
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills, with demonstrated ability in managing teams, collaborating with project partners (e.g. city officials and NGOs) and engaging funders
  • Expert knowledge of technical and policy aspects of climate and clean air
  • Effective project management approach, and experience leading large, complex, multi-stakeholder programs, and ability to manage multiple parallel tasks
  • Fluency in English combined with strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in conversation and writing
  • Experience working across different cultures, languages and time zones. Experience living and/or working in a Global South context is desirable
  • WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position

Potential Salary:
The salary range for this position is between 138,000 USD and 166,000 USD if based in the US. We have competitive salary ranges in our local country offices. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of May 12, 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.
  • Long-term 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.