Job Vacancy // Research Analyst II (Food, Forests and Water Program) at WRI

WRI seeks a full-time, limited-term Research Analyst II to join WRI's Food, Forests, and Water Program. This position will support, coordinate, and contribute to high-quality research products, stakeholder outreach, and development efforts across a range of topics, teams, and geographies, supporting overall objectives of advancing transformative solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustaining forests for future generations, and ensuring a water-secure future.

This a limited term position with a preferred start date of June 4, 2018 and end date of November 30, 2018. 

The position is a cross-cutting role, providing research capacity across multiple projects and initiatives. The position will work with an interdisciplinary and cross-programmatic team to advance Nature-based Strategies that leverage restoration, protection, and sustainable management of natural and working landscapes to provide carbon storage and water-related services in the United States. The position may also be called upon to contribute to broader efforts across WRI's Global Restoration Program, Global Water Program, and U.S. Climate Initiative as needed.

The team is seeking a Research Analyst II with strong quantitative skills. Success in this position will also require an entrepreneurial spirit, an ability to cultivate and manage relationships with external partners, and an ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines while setting and delivering on clear priorities.

Job Responsibilities

The Research Analyst's main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Knowledge (70% of time required)

  • Assisting other researchers with literature reviews and qualitative and quantitative analysis, including economic analysis, opportunity assessments, feasibility studies, and deployment of finance mechanisms.
  • Co-authoring knowledge products (e.g. reports, briefs, data products)
  • Contributing to research proposals
  • Presenting at internal/external meetings
  • Co-authoring blog posts and other communication documents
  • Reviewing 1-2 knowledge products written by other WRI researchers yearly

Administrative (30% of time required)

  • Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities.
  • Liaising with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries

Job Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in public policy, public administration, environmental management or similar required.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of relevant full-time work experience is required.
  • A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent qualitative and quantitative research and writing skills.
  • Prior experience in analyzing and writing research products.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues.
  • Flexibility to travel.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly when it comes to communicating technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to cultivate and manage relationships with external partners.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines while setting and delivering on clear priorities.
  • Enjoys working within a large, diverse, and collaborative team environment.

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 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 AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

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.  

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


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