Research Analyst, Urban Innovation & Finance, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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 BrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States

Overview 

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks a Research Analyst to join WRI’s growing urban innovation & finance team. You will support and coordinate different research projects, stakeholder outreach, and on-the-ground city support on range of topics, teams, and geographies as well as supporting the overall program’s objective of helping transform how cities are built, managed, and used, to make them compact, connected, coordinated, and resilient.

The position is a cross-cutting role that spans the three programmatic work streams of the WRI Ross Center – urban development, urban mobility, and urban efficiency and climate. You will work across teams, primarily focusing on the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI), a partnership between WRI and C40, funded by the Citi Foundation, helping cities develop business models to accelerate sustainable urban solutions, with a focus on sustainable mobility (bike-sharing services, bus rapid transit, electric buses), land use (transit-oriented development), and urban energy (efficient buildings, clean distributed energy) in middle income and developing countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The role will also support WRI’s urban innovation & finance work more broadly, including several cross-cutting initiatives.   

You will support research on key topics related to financing sustainable cities, including resource mobilization, investment capital and long-term investment options in different urban solution areas. The role involves development and dissemination of new and existing research about innovative approaches for urban service delivery, replicable and scalable business models to support the deployment of innovative solutions, and structuring of those sustainable business models. The role also involves delivering presentations at workshops and events, supporting capacity building events and dialogues, and direct engagement with local and national, public and private stakeholders, including city representatives, national policy-makers, public and private investors, and technology and infrastructure providers.

Ideally, you will have a firm grasp of the state of knowledge and practice of urban finance, public and private development finance, domestic and international finance (including climate finance), urban policy-making, sustainable infrastructure and service delivery, public-private approaches. You must have a strong track record of written and verbal communication in English, including writing clearly for different audiences and across different written media. Experience in delivering verbal presentations on complex topics to different audiences is strongly desired, as is the ability to work in different languages and to navigate in different cultural context. Experience of having worked with municipal stakeholders or in local government is an advantage.

Responsibilities

Research (60%)

  • Supports the completion of existing knowledge products and the design and implementation of new knowledge products in the area of urban finance
  • Researches and documents emerging trends and good practices in different areas of urban finance relating to urban development, urban mobility, urban efficiency and climate
  • Supports the development and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Supports research initiatives, including coordinating necessary inputs, literature reviews, synthesizing research findings, development of analytical framework, collection and analysis of complex data, and writing, editing, and revising
  • Facilitates peer-to-peer exchange and draws on knowledge of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities to provide research and advisory support to cities, investors and infrastructures providers
  • Co-­authors WRI working papers and reports, and academic publications
  • Serves as an internal and external reviewer
  • Contributes to knowledge sharing on urban finance across WRI networks

 Outreach & Communications (30%)

  • Writes succinct and timely content in different print and online written media on urban finance relating to urban development, urban mobility, urban efficiency and climate
  • Develops and supports others develop presentations for internal and external audiences, including contributing written and graphic content to reports and presentations
  • Support the coordination of WRI’s urban finance and FSCI activities and events
  • Works with other staff to facilitate delivery of technical support, largely through managed partnerships, strategically prioritizing based on potential impact and feasibility
  • Contributes the development and testing of analytical framework, tools and models
  • Supports in development and execution of influence strategies in collaboration with WRI experts
  • Delivers oral presentations with competence and confidence

 Project support (10%)

  • Implements systematic project management approach to coordinate in situ and remote teams to monitor project deliverables
  • Monitors and manages project budget performance, expenses and revenue
  • Evaluates and reports projects’ impacts; and completes institutional and donor reporting (narrative, quantitative and financial) for projects
  • Contributes to developing research funding proposals (both narratives and budgets)
  • Organizes project team and work stream meetings
  • Manages the maintenance of shared datasets and files
  • Summarizes content and next steps from key meetings
  • Uses positive influence to improve communications among team, partners and donors, and elevates issues to senior staff when necessary


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree preferred in a discipline relevant to the urban finance scope of the position, including public policy, politics, international studies, public finance, etc.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience either in a research or project implementation capacity
  • Experience working in or with emerging and developing country stakeholders and topics
  • Demonstrated grasp of key topics and debates in urban finance, public and private development finance, domestic and international finance (including climate finance), urban
  • Policy-making, sustainable infrastructure and service delivery, public-private approaches
  • Demonstrated excellent written and spoken communication skills. Track record of writing clearly for different audiences and across different written media.
  • Experience in delivering verbal presentations on complex topics to different audiences, including public and private sectors
  • Ability to work in different languages and to navigate in different cultural context. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or another language is preferred
  • Experience of having worked with municipal stakeholders or in local government is an advantage
  • Demonstrated experience with external communications and/or donor management.
  • Detail-­oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, sometimes competing, priorities
  • Ability to work well in multi­disciplinary and multi­cultural teams
  • Enjoys working in a fast­-paced, start­up nonprofit environment

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) 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.

Source: World Resource Institute

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Deadline/closing date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017