Operations Specialist ll, RDI

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This position will be based in WRI Office in Washington DC. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.

About the Program:

The Research, Data and Impact (RDI) core function at WRI is responsible for maintaining WRI’s rigorous standards for research and data related knowledge products across programs and international offices. The RDI core function includes the Research Integrity and WRI Library, Data Lab and Managing for Results (MFR) teams: – The Research Integrity team oversees a rigorous quality assurance process for all knowledge products bearing the WRI logo and supports over 1,800 staff across the Institute in their research projects. WRI research publications go through a rigorous, centralized peer review process to help ensure quality, accuracy, institutional coherence, and a lack of bias. – The Data Lab is WRI’s core data innovation and delivery unit comprised of over 35 engineers, product managers, and data scientists with deep experience in data strategy, quantitative research, and building data tools and products. Data of all kinds sits at the heart of how WRI achieves impact in the world, and our world-class research is used by governments, policymakers, NGOs and local communities around the world to improve lives, protect nature, and ensure just transitions. – Managing for Results (MfR) ensures WRI is equipped to understand if its work is contributing to the longer-term positive changes WRI intends to make in the world and fosters a culture of learning and accountability. The MfR team is an institutional resource, ensuring that WRI’s programmatic teams are meeting internal and external standards for good practices in planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Highlight
You will report to the team’s Senior Operations Manager in providing day-to-day operational and administrative support for the team’s suite of projects.In this role, you will support the efforts of each RDI core functions team by coordinating project and travel budgets, payment processing, data collection and tracking for monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and operations processes and systems. The Operations AssistantsupportsRDI teams by coordinating project budgets, vendor contract payments and international training workshops funded by a growing portfolio of grants and partnerships. The RDI Operations Assistant position is essential for ensuring RDI is equipped to understand if and how: 1) its work is contributing to the longer-term impacts of the Institute and 2) it is delivering the outcomes to which we committed for external donors supporting our core functions work. You will be supported by a matrixed team of project coordinators and senior operations staff.


What You Will Do:


Operations and Finance Support (60%):


  • AdviseRDI teamsregarding WRI policies and best practicesfor conference and event logistics, including travel arrangements. Manage monthlycorporate credit card expense reports in Concur for RDI team leaders

  • Oversee one or more small-medium project budgets which involve matrixing across teams, geographies, and other complicatingelements

  • Provide operations and finance support specifically for the Data Lab’s cloudservice providers (e.g., Carto, Google Cloud Platform, Mapbox, andAmazon Web Services

  • Coordinate the submission of invoices from project and contract deliverables to ensure they are processed consistent with WRI’s internal policies and accounting standards

  • Implement an RDIoperations tasking and annual planning cycle in Asana (project management software).Create Asana templates for operations related requests from team leaders (new contracts, amendments, work orders, expense forecasting, etc).


  • Monitor subagreement deliverables and payment schedules and alert the Operations Manager when vendor contract budgets need additional funds.
  • Additional ad-hoc operational duties as needed.

Operations Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) (40%):
  • Support RDI team leaders in prioritizing outcomes indicators for tracking inDevResults and using the impact data in future outputs (funding proposals and institutional reporting)

  • Maintain outcomes indicators with quarterly and annualdata entry in DevResults for RDI’s core functions teams (Data Lab, Managing for Results and Research Integrity + Library).

  • Collect and submit data for the annual WRI Building Blocks capacity building assessment for the WRI country offices, with guidance from the Senior Operations Manager.

  • Assist the Senior Operations Manager in completing an operations support analysis, identifying areas for improvement and maintaining a culture of excellence

What will you need:

· Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., business administration, economics, public or nonprofit administration, international development, etc.)

· Experience: Minimum of 2+ years relevant professional experience in project management, financial management, business administration and other related fields

·The position requires a detail-oriented, organized person with experience and interest in program operations, grants compliance, financial management, and budgeting

·Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality

·Strong writing, database management, and proofreading skills

·Ability to manage an influx of information and a capacity to track details and pay attention to details

·Demonstrated ability to express concepts concisely and clearly across formats (e.g. PowerPoint, Word documents, emails, videos, etc.)

·Ability to work collaborativelysynchronously or asynchronously whether it is in Miro, Asana, virtual meetings or in-person workshops, etc

·Fluency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPointis required

·Familiarity with DevResults, VISIO, MIRO, PowerBI, Asana, Concur and Sharepointis preferred but not required

· Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese, French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese or Turkish is a plus

·US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities

Potential Salary: Salary range is between 57,000 USD to 65,000 USD. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants 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 to 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 hybrid working model with flexible working hours.

·Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us:

Founded in 1982, 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 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.

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, 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.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.


Washington DC, United States
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