Climate Finance Associate, WRI – Washington DC

Published 14:09 on September 4, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:09 on September 4, 2017  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

Seeking a key subject matter expert in the areas of climate resilience, international funding mechanisms that support adaptation, and governance issues, particularly public finance management, in developing countries.

Program:Governance Center

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Regular full-time

About WRI

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 six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

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 now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.


In this position, you will be a key subject matter expert in the areas of climate resilience, international funding mechanisms that support adaptation, and governance issues, particularly public finance management, in developing countries. You will facilitate program management and contribute to the development of high quality research products that are designed to influence targeted audiences.

Your primary responsibility will be to anchor a three-year project in collaboration with the International Budget Partnership designed to ensure that funds for climate adaptation in Africa are managed with full transparency and accountability to create sustainable futures, especially for poor and marginalized people. The project’s overall objective is to encourage governments to adopt, implement and rigorously track progress toward meeting more ambitious, inclusive and equitable national adaptation goals. More specifically, you will work with CSOs and local governments to build their capacity to track the flow of adaptation finance from the central government to the local level and to engage in decision-making processes around the use of climate adaptation funds. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the use of funds for adaptation leads to people and communities that are more resilient to the impacts of climate change. You will lead on conducting national accountability assessments regarding adaptation financing in select developing countries in collaboration with local partners, and conduct scoping trips to meet with key stakeholders from civil society, government, and donors. Your research will result in publications that will provide an overview of the current accountability landscape, including the role of different institutions in monitoring climate adaptation finance flows and their ability to enhance transparency and accountability. Based on the assessments, you will develop targeted strategies for strengthening the ways in which climate finance is designed and delivered in each of the pilot countries.

You will also contribute climate finance and related climate governance expertise to other areas of WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice. The practice is expected to grow significantly over the coming years and to increasingly intersect with work in WRI’s Food, Forests, Water, Climate and Cities Programs. We also collaborate closely with colleagues in WRI’s Finance, Business and Economics Centers. The practice currently has 13 core staff members based in the US, India and Brazil. Africa is anticipated to be an area of growth.


Your main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Program/Project Management: (40% of time)

·         Directly managing project outcomes and partnerships

·         Monitoring and managing project deliverables, setting and clarifying priorities for project team members

·         Monitoring and managing project budget performance, scoping progress according to planned milestones, expenses and revenue, and internal and donor reporting

·         Completing institutional and donor reporting (narrative, quantitative and financial) for projects, including project outcomes

Research & Knowledge: (35% of time)

·         Leading a major research project on in-country tracking of climate finance

·         Authoring or co-authoring knowledge products (e.g., reports, briefs, data-products)

·         Designing and applying sound research methods that lead to robust and unbiased knowledge products

·         Reviewing three to five knowledge products written by other WRI researchers yearly

Program Development: (25% of time)

·         Contributing to research proposals between a five and six figure fundraising goal

·         Identifying and developing funding partner relationships through external outreach; conducting due diligence on feasibility of use through fit-gap analysis

·         Seeking opportunities to develop project ideas and proposals with colleagues in CRP, as well as in conjunction with other WRI programs and centers

·         Monitoring and complying with sub agreement guidelines

·         Contributing to presentations and donor proposals

Additionally, in keeping with WRI’s commitment to gender equity across our programs, the Associate will also be required to identify relevant gender issues, as determined through a gender analysis, and ensure adequate and effective attention to these issues in project and partner development, budgeting and management.


Required Qualifications:

·         Masters in related field (e.g. development studies, environmental policy, climate, finance, etc.)

·         Minimum five to seven years of full-time work experience in relevant field, with program implementation and project management experience, of which at least three years is direct experience working in developing countries

·         Minimum five years of experience working with civil society organizations on either climate change policy or public finance accountability

·         Demonstrated knowledge of climate adaptation and climate finance, including an in-depth understanding of domestic finance management and international finance policy in the context of strengthening resilience of developing countries

·         In-depth understanding of domestic public finance management and the international climate finance policy environment and its relevance to adaptation/resilience in developing country contexts

·         Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills

·         Strong quantitative, analytical research skills

·         Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities

·         Strong team player with ability to work across institutional departments/programs

·         Outstanding ability to communicate clearly, passionately, and compellingly to a wide range of audiences

·         Strong writing skills for both technical and general audiences

·         Experience overseeing and managing budgets

·         Ability to travel, especially internationally, approximately 20% of time

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Strong network of relationships and partnerships with major climate finance donors, governments, civil society, and other stakeholders engaged in adaptation finance policy and practice

·         Experience with external communications and/or donor management

·         Knowledge and experience with monitoring and evaluation methods and techniques

·         Fluency in French or Spanish

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at in order to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

About WRI

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and corporate leaders.

WRI’s reputation is grounded in its excellent analysis, non-partisan approach, and high-impact results. We measure our success based on how our work helps to create real-world change on the ground—an approach we call “Managing for Results.”

WRI’s work is united by and driven by our values: Innovation, Integrity, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.

WRI fosters a culture of innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees are driven by the organization’s mission and have the satisfaction of helping to create a more prosperous and healthy planet.

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