World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute


Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 3 days ago
Deadline: July, 16/2024 (3 days left)

About the Program:

In Africa, WRI’s cities program covers several initiatives in various African cities. Mobility, Urban Water Resilience, Cities For Forests, and Air quality are among these initiatives. The urban mobility program works in key solution areas including sustainable integrated public transport, road safety, walking & bicycling, new mobility, transport demand management, mobility planning, and accessibility. The WRI Urban Water Resilience initiative works with city stakeholders to help address their water risks and vulnerabilities through research, spatial analysis, technical assistance, capacity building to undertake strategic planning and identify place-based interventions, and securing funding and financing resources to implement solutions.

The Cities4Forests Initiative is a global alliance of more than 90 cities acting to conserve, restore, and sustainably manage nature, especially the world’s forests, for human well-being. Our member cities catalyze major nature-friendly policy changes, facilitate the flow of finance for nature-based projects, and advocate for gender and social equity, tropical forest conservation, and restoration on the global stage. Together these initiatives partner with cities and experts to enhance capacity demonstrate solutions (policy, program, and infrastructure solutions), and support collective action to improve enabling environments. As a key component of this work, the initiative aims to help cities better utilize and coordinate public sector funds and climate development aid to leverage private finance to increase access to safe water services and reduce exposure to water and climate hazards.

The African Cities Water Adaptation Fund (ACWA Fund) and the NBS Accelerator are two sub-programs jointly initiated by the Urban Water Resilience program and the Cities4Forest program dedicated to helping cities improve and scale financing for building climate resilience. The Air Quality initiative of WRI focuses on the identification of the sources of pollution as well as suggesting solutions. Clean Air Catalyst is one of the initiatives of the WRI’s Air Quality work. Clean Air Catalyst is a global consortium of organizations that complements traditional efforts to strengthen air quality management capacity. The project achieves this by tackling two critical bottlenecks that hinder clean air action: the gap between recognizing a problem and awareness of the solution; and the often-high cost of reducing emissions, which is unevenly distributed alongside the benefits of action.

Job Highlight:

Reporting to the Director, of Cities, WRI Africa, you will support the WRI Africa Cities Program team with overall administrative and financial support & coordination. This will include providing administrative support for financial management, grants & contracts execution, team coordination, and event logistics, international and domestic travel arrangement support. Additional duties may include communications support review work plans, support recruitment efforts, and other appropriate duties as assigned.

What will you do:

Administrative Support to the Cities team (50%):

  • Support the Cities program team across all relevant administrative support tasks
  • Assist in organizing and coordinating Cities program team internal and external meetings
  • Capture detailed notes and key-take-aways from internal and external meetings, and organize follow-up steps
  • Record minutes of Cities program team meetings and ensure appropriate follow-up of all internal and external engagements
  • Use simplified and automated approach office software to create drafts and summaries, including meeting pre-briefs and de-briefs
  • Manage the process of collecting and distributing weekly internal team updates
  • Support WRI Africa Cities Program Director to accomplish priority “to-do” list
  • Assist in liaising with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries
  • Coordinate recruitment and manage onboarding of new staff members and interns, as needed
  • Support WRI Africa cities Director and other project managers with fundraising and development efforts Administration
  • Support project managers in coordinating with external partners and provide close liaison with the WRI program and operational staff in WRI Africa and WRI Global offices
  • Develop and update a systematic and organized file-sharing system and keep project documents updated and centralized

Finance, Grants and Contracts support (30%):

  • Support processing of contracts, work orders, and other formal documentation for project commitments
  • Support monitoring of program/project performance against contract requirements
  • Support documentation for project commitments (i.e., agreements, contracts, payment requests, and invoices)
  • Processes invoices and pay applications for projects in compliance with established governance

Conference, Event & Travel Logistics Support (20%):

  • Coordinate conference and event logistics for domestic and international meetings and workshops, including venue and catering, invitation dissemination, equipment or translators, travel and visa support for team
  • Coordinate event participant travel, accommodation, and any per diem support, including the proper documentation and compliance with any grant terms
  • Support organization of internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities
  • Update event trackers and support coordination and planning of events
  • Support Cities Program team in international and domestic travel arrangements including visa processing and bookings
  • Other duties may be assigned

What will you need:

  • Education: You have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Administration, Management or related
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time work experience in administrative management, project coordination support, Conference and event management, or other nonprofit operations
  • Must be adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage varying deadlines
  • Attention to details particularly regarding grant compliance and contract relationships
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, including proactively identifying problems and working with team members to develop solutions
  • Strong computer skills including a high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), web-based communications (Skype, GoToMeeting), CRM database (Salesforce), and budgeting preferred
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and the values of integrity, innovation, and respect that underpin all aspects of our operations
  • Prior experience working in the development field preferably in the international NGO sector and donor-funded projects.
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency required
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

Potential Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Please submit a resume with a required cover letter by the date of 16 July 2024. We are unable to consider your application without a cover letter.

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 US
  • The chance to have an impact and 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
  • Commitment to a hybrid working model with flexible working hours
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure

About Us:

Founded in 1982, the 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 environmental 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, and 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.