Grants and Finance Specialist, Climate Resilience Practice

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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16 days ago

This position will only be for consideration in the WRI US DC Global office and where WRI is US state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor work authorization for this position.

About the Program:

WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP), located in the Center for Equitable Development) seeks to incentivize and support actions that enhance resilience to the impacts of climate change – in a manner that promotes long-term sustainability and gender and social equity. We help countries integrate, or mainstream, adaptation into their development and sector planning (including budgeting) and implementation. We promote locally led adaptation so that decisions over how, when and where to adapt are led by communities and local actors. We also help countries understand whether, when and where transformative approaches to adaptation may be needed to better manage systemic climate risks, and how to begin financing, planning for and implementing them.


Job Highlight:


You will be responsible for budget and operations for CRP’s adaptation finance team, including a $4 million US Department of State grant. Your specific duties will include: developing and updating budgets, tracking expenditures, preparing grant proposals and financial reports, drafting and monitoring contracts and subgrants, processing payments and expense reports, managing team meetings, and other tasks as assigned.


You will be working with a team of 4-5 researchers, a project manager, and an engagement specialist.

You will report to the Center for Equitable Development Operations Manager.

This position could be a hybrid model of remote and in-office (Washington, DC office) or fully remote.



What you will do:

Financial Management (35% time)

  • Regularly review, update, and monitor all transactions, invoices, commitments, and revenue prospects for all team projects
  • Coordinate and advise project managers on budget management, including use of advanced budgeting software, monthly financial tracking, and supporting Project Managers in expense forecasting and revenue analysis
  • Follows WRI’s internal processes and deadlines related to funding, including quarterly reviews, monthly & annual closeouts, and future fiscal year annual budget submission

Grant Management (25% time)

  • Ensure team compliance with terms and conditions of complex US government grant agreement
  • Lead financial reporting to US State Department and advise subawardees on financial reporting
  • Draft grant proposal budgets and assist in the collection and submission of formal proposals for team fundraising efforts

Subaward Management (25% time)

  • Process contracts, procurement documents, work orders, and other formal documentation for project commitments
  • Prepare sub grant and contract agreements and advise Project Managers in working with partners and contractors to ensure agreements are completed on time, including the timely and accurate submission of progress and financial reports
  • Liaise between WRI’s Grants & Contracts team, the project team, and external partners to problem solve

Administration & Events Management (10% time)

  • Coordinate and schedule team meetings and assists in coordination of team’s planning processes
  • Coordinate recruitment and manage onboarding of new staff members and interns, as needed
  • Coordinate conference, 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


What you will need:

Education: You have a completed bachelor’s degree

Experience: You have a minimum of 1+ year of full-time relevant work experience in operations, program coordination, or administration

Experience working in Microsoft Excel

Experience managing budgets, preparing donor reports, especially to US government agencies, and/or processing subcontracts preferred

Languages: English

Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.


Potential Salary:

$46,000 - $60,000; 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 September 22, 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.