UrbanShift Manager

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Summary:

As the UrbanShift Manager, you will be a part of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Urban Development team, and will work on the UrbanShift Program. Under the UrbanShift Program, as the Manager (Knowledge and Partnerships Officer in the UrbanShift organigram), you will combine project management and research responsibilities. As a key member of the team, you will lead aspects related to project management (reporting, gathering and analysis of M&E indicators, organization of partners’ meetings, tracking of deliverables); and research, such as providing support on the production of knowledge products for the project, including content for City Academy Courses, and methodologies/agendas for Strategic Urban Planning Labs. You will also help with other tasks related to the project, such as organizing peer-exchanges between participating cities, or other kinds of learning events, such as the City Academy, depending on need. It will also be the contact person and lead for the gender aspects of the project.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead on day-to-day operations of the UrbanShift including organizing processes, meetings and tracking systems to record progress on various fronts and facilitating in some of the meetings, internally and with partners
  • Recruit and supervise interns for the UrbanShift Program acting as a coach and mentor
  • Prepare standard project status reports for project delivery team, work group or management
  • Design, collect and train partners on the project’s M&E system and monitor program/project performance against contract requirements using DevResults
  • Lead on the organization of independent Peer-to Peer Exchanges for the Program
  • Participate and contribute, as part of the project team, on activities in UrbanShift at global, regional, and local events
  • Lead on implementation and mainstreaming of gender in Global and Child Projects, including the gender task force, ensuring that the project’s gender action plan is mainstreamed in project components, outcomes, outputs and activities
  • Support production of annual reports
  • Conduct substantive research including literature reviews, qualitative or quantitative analysis, and other research products on the implementation of sustainable integrated urban planning in cities
  • Collaborate with the working group on the design and implementation of UrbanShift Labs and Geospatial Baseline
  • Collaborate with Strategic Urban Planner on the development of the City Academy Module on Strategic Urban Planning
  • Engage with external stakeholders about potential synergies with UrbanShift as needed
  • Author blog posts and other communication documents in collaboration with Communication Lead
  • Present at internal/external meetings
  • Collaborate with colleagues on fundraising efforts, including drafting proposals, coordinating with partners and funders
  • Review knowledge products written by other WRI researchers

Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in urban planning, energy or natural resource policy, international development, finance/economics, or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years full-time work experience and previous experience in program implementation or project management
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
  • Experience with providing program and project coordination
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, and strong internet research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues around the world
  • Strong project management skills
  • Flexibility to travel. This assignment might require up to six international trips per year, depending on project priorities
  • US work authorization is required for this position

Potential Salary:

$59,000 - $77,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. Please include a cover letter and your resume.

Program Overview:

Program Overview - About WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050. Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth. Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive. WRI Ross Center builds on WRI’s global and local experience in urban planning and mobility, and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges.

Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe. Urban Development In the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the Urban Development team provides technical and policy support to help cities develop integrated planning approaches for land use, infrastructure systems, and economic geography to help them advance their social and economic objectives in the most resource-efficient way. We work with local and national governments, the private sector, and communities to help them jointly contribute to compact urban forms, resource-efficient infrastructure constellations, and equitable access to services – the spatial underpinnings for livable cities. UrbanShift Program Sustainable and inclusive urban development is more than just a vision. Adoption of key measures, such as integrated urban planning, can and does translate vision into reality. The UrbanShift Program brings together participating cities and a wide range of entities that are working on urban sustainability issues, to create a shared platform for global knowledge and an evidence-based, integrated approach to realize it. WRI Manages the UrbanShift Global Platform, a project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), working in partnership with ICLEI, C40, and UNEP. Through the Global Platform, the partners provide high-level capacity building to cities/projects funded by the GEF under the UrbanShift platform in their efforts to undertake a strategic approach to sustainability and integrated planning.

WRI Overview:

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 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.

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.