Program Manager, Land & Carbon Lab

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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5 days ago

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

the Program:

Land & Carbon Lab (LCL) is WRI’s premier hub for geospatial data, analysis, and monitoring of the world’s land and its natural ecosystems. Our data and monitoring solutions, which include the Global Forest Watch platform, exist to help accelerate implementation and financing of nature-based solutions worldwide. LCL has three main offers: (1) innovation in open geospatial data for land and carbon monitoring, (2) spatial intelligence to support NBS policy and target tracking, and (3) tailored tools that help businesses, governments, civil society organizations, and local communities make data-driven decisions. LCL collaborates across WRI and WRI’s network of external partners to transform big geospatial data into action and impact.


You will have eyes across a large initiative with an eight-figure annual operating budget and team of over 60 staff, many of whom are matrixed across other WRI programs and international offices. From this vantage point, you will help us deliver efficiently and effectively on our strategic goals. You will support effective project- and initiative-level management, facilitate an inclusive and collaborative team culture, and help shape the strategic direction of the initiative. Some travel will be required.

You will be supported by and work closely with Land & Carbon Lab’s multi-disciplinary leadership and management team.

You will report to the Global Director of Land & Carbon Lab, with a dotted line to the Deputy Director of Global Forest Watch.

What you will do:

Program Management
(50% time)

  • Facilitate work planning, using the “Objectives and Key Results” (OKR) method to translate long-term strategies into near-term priorities
  • Establish, improve, and facilitate use of project management systems, processes, and tools that help teams plan projects, track implementation, collaborate across teams for success, and communicate progress against OKRs
  • Aggregate project-level tracking at the initiative level, teasing out key achievements, failures, stories, obstacles, opportunities, lessons learned, etc to develop an overall strategic narrative about the initiative’s progress and trajectory
  • Supply insights to staff responsible for monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and donor reporting; review and help strengthen donor reports based on your in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of the initiative
  • Facilitate team-wide use of Salesforce to track and manage our external relationships

Team Facilitation
(30% time)

  • Establish and maintain systems, processes, and resources that support the work-place norms and behaviors we’ve agreed to as a team
  • Use your birds-eye view of the initiative to connect strategic dots across teams, e.g., by identifying interdependencies, helping transfer knowledge, facilitating internal connections and collaborations, identifying solutions to shared problems, supporting team-wide communications, etc
  • Lead planning of team meetings, retreats, and strategy sprints by engaging team leads to create agendas, coordinating staff who are speaking or presenting, collating any materials to be presented, and ensuring follow-up on agreed decisions and next steps

Leadership Support
(20% time)

  • Harness your deep knowledge of the initiative to contribute meaningfully to strategy discussions and day-to-day strategic decision-making
  • Support team leadership in fundraising and grant management activities such as developing and pitching new ideas, cultivating and managing donor relationships, drafting and reviewing funding proposals, etc
  • Support team leadership to represent the initiative in important meetings and events, including by helping plan and/or participating in these meetings, preparing talking points, creating world-class presentations, and supporting any follow-up actions.

What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed Bachelors degree (Masters preferred) degree in related fields such as international development, environmental policy, etc.
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 7+ years of relevant professional experience, including:
  • You have knowledge and experience working on topics related to sustainable development (e.g., nature, climate, equity), preferably in an international setting
  • You have experience applying collaborative goal-setting methods (e.g., Objectives and Key Results) to drive implementation and accountability for results across a large team.
  • You have working knowledge of project management software solutions, tools and approaches (e.g., the Agile Framework style of project management) and experience applying these solutions across large and complex programs.
  • You have experience communicating effectively across large, complex teams with international colleagues
  • You have experience setting priorities and working independently with minimal supervision
  • Languages: You have written and oral fluency in English. Knowledge of additional languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Bahasa Indonesia are a plus.
  • 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. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of the 1st of November 14, 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.

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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.

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