Program Officer for Financial Engagement, Secretariat of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature &...

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will be a hybrid model of remote and required in-office work 2-4 days per week.

About the Program:

The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People (HAC) ( is an intergovernmental group of more than 100 countries—co-chaired by Costa Rica and France, with the United Kingdom as Ocean co-chair— championing a global deal for nature and people with the central goal of protecting at least 30 percent of the world’s land and ocean area by 2030. The 30x30 target is a global target that aims to halt the accelerating loss of species and protect vital ecosystems that are the source of our economic security.

Job Highlight:

The Program Officer for Financial Engagement will actively collaborate with HAC member countries and financial institutions to help match the supply of financial resources with country demand for financing to support national 30x30 efforts. Employed by the World Resources Institute (WRI), the position will be based in Washington, DC. The HAC Secretariat is co-hosted by WRI and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). You will report to the HAC Secretariat Director.

What you will do:

  • Identify, mobilize, and manage relationships with public and private funding sources to support national implementation of 30x30 targets. These sources include private philanthropy, development banks, the GEF, bilateral government assistance, and domestic budgetary sources
  • Assist member countries in articulating their financing needs for achieving the 30x30 targets
  • Actively match financing supply with financing needs. This may include designing an online system for HAC members that facilitates matchmaking
  • Support research and exploration of innovative approaches (e.g., debt swaps, market mechanisms) for financing national 30x30 efforts.

What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed Master’s degree in economics, finance, political science, or related disciplines relevant to this position.
  • Experience: You have 8+ years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience engaging with senior leaders from financial institutions and government agencies
  • Experience working on issues related to nature conservation, Indigenous Peoples, or associated public policies
  • Experience producing written reports and presenting findings to diverse audiences
  • Experience researching and exploring innovative financial approaches (e.g., debt swaps, market mechanisms)
  • Experience working with financing sources from private philanthropy, development banks, the GEF, bilateral government assistance, or domestic budgetary sources.
  • Languages: Proficiency in written and spoken English required, with additional fluency in French and Spanish desirable

Potential Salary:
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive renumeration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with a cover letter (in English) by January 31, 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 United States.
  • 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.