Grants & Finance Specialist, Center for Equitable Development

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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12 days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered, preference to East and Central US time zones preferred. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.


About the program:


In this role, you will support several practices (teams) within the Center for Equitable Development as they develop and deliver impactful research, policy and implementation projects. Reporting to the Operations Manager of the Center, you will collaborate with them to implement existing processes and improve processes where needed. Your primary practices to provide operational support include the Environmental Democracy Practice (EDP) and Land And Resource Rights Initiative (LRR).

Job Highlight:


Your responsibilities include managing budgets, reporting to donors, processing contract agreements, ensuring grant compliance, liaising with research staff on project deliverables, engaging with vendors and subgrantees, managing outreach efforts through multiple coalitions and platforms, guiding the team through internal processes and systems, and planning events. 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 grants
  • Lead financial reporting to donors 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 assist in deliverable tracking
  • Coordinate recruitment and manage the 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, and/or processing subcontracts preferred

Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency is required.

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

Potential Salary:
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of December 12, 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 organisation 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.
  • 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 organisation 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 organisational 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. Recognising our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.