Corporate Water Stewardship, Research Analyst

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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17 days ago

About the Program:

WRI’s Water Program works with countries, cities and companies to build a water-secure future. We produce innovative data and analysis tools to help decision-makers understand current and future water risks. We identify ways for policymakers to build water resilience, prevent water-related conflicts and invest in nature- based solutions. We guide companies on water stewardship initiatives that can reduce financial risk and improve collective water security. And we work with cities to expand water access and address the root problems of water insecurity to create more resilient communities.


Reporting to the Director of Corporate Water Engagement, you will provide research, program development, and communications support to the Aqueduct team, with a particular emphasis on WRI's work with the private sector. This position will support private sector fundraising efforts, program development activities, communications, and outreach efforts by leveraging data and research from WRI to build the case for increased private sector engagement in sustainable water resources management.

You will coordinate our engagement with the private sector on topics related to water risk, disclosure, strategies, and stewardship, including development of thought-leading research to advance collective water sustainability goals working with the private sector, governments, and civil society.

You will report to the Corporate Water Stewardship Associate.

This position will be a hybrid model of remote and in-office.

What you will do:

Research & Knowledge
(60% time)

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis and research related to corporate water risk, impacts, management, reporting, target setting, stewardship and valuation, for companies, sectors, industries, or countries.
  • Research on private sector market trends to inform Aqueduct project activities and corporate engagement strategy.
  • Serve as a core team member of the cross-matrix Walmart Foundation-funded Climate Risk Tool (CRT) project, sharing in the responsibility of the overall direction, task assignment, and project management for the project
  • Support scoping research, outreach, and fundraising related to emerging work related to scenario analysis, SBTN freshwater hub engagement, financial services engagement (Aqueduct Pro), and IT supply chain engagement.
  • Advance knowledge development and thought leadership coming out of the Water program’s corporate water stewardship team, including authoring and co-authoring blog posts and knowledge products as needed, and by representing the team and projects in internal and external presentation and stakeholder meetings
  • Support the research, development and pilot testing, and publication of methodologies, standards, and protocols relevant to water resources management in the private sector.

Engagement (40% time)

  • Help develop funding proposals and support innovative options for funding and marketing Aqueduct products and engagement opportunities, including Corporate Advisory Services projects.
  • Assist in the development of presentations, blogs, webinars, events, and other communications.
  • Support the administrative needs and requests of Aqueduct Alliance members and other WRI corporate partners.

What you will need:

  • Education: You have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the business, environmental science, earth systems, engineering, or related fields.
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 3+ years full-time relevant work experience with Corporate sustainability or sustainable investment experience preferred, particularly familiarity of Corporate Water Stewardship initiatives.
  • You also worked in a role that required qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of Mapping and data science skills (Python, R, GIS, Google Earth Engine), considered a plus.
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency required.
  • Requirements: Existing US work authorization is required at the time of application.

Potential Salary: $53,000-$68,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 20 September 2022. 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.