Program Overview - About WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.
Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.
Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive.
WRI Ross Center builds on WRI's global and local experience in urban planning and mobility and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 100+ urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.
In this newly created position, you will provide thought leadership, partner engagement, and strategy development to drive financing for sustainable infrastructure and service projects in cities. You will:
- Lead development of an urban finance practice to support our international offices (especially India, Mexico, China and Brazil) to attract and deploy finance for sustainable urbanization, support cities in identifying opportunities to attract new finance, build dialogues with the private sector, and advance innovative financial instruments
- Lead the Financing Sustainable Cities Initiative (FSCI), a collaboration between WRI and C40 to help cities and their stakeholders advance early-stage sustainable infrastructure and service projects toward financial readiness
- Manage small team of full-time professionals and larger network of part-time contributors across the Institute
You will be responsible for:
- Consulting with WRI Ross Center's Executive Team (3 Directors and International Office Cities Directors) to create a strategy and workplan for finance, including clear narrative alignment across the network and specific identification of opportunities for WRI to bring its strength to bear
- Project management, partner, and donor liaising for the FSCI workstreams on finance knowledge dissemination, finance labs/project incubators, and development of the next phase of partnership
- Contributing substantially to proposals for raising additional funds to support our work in finance
- Coordinating research and thought leadership on sustainable urban finance
- Promoting and communicating innovative financing projects and solutions across the WRI network through events, blogs and research
- Providing internal peer review and support for WRI Ross Center publications
- Coordinating across the WRI Ross Center's work streams and offices as well as with the Finance Center to ensure direct engagement with city officials on finance
- Representing the program at conferences, in writing, and with the media
Additionally, in keeping with WRI's commitment to gender equity across our programs, the Manager 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.
- Master's degree in urban planning, finance, or related field
- Seven+ years of full-time work experience in infrastructure or project finance topics with a successful track record of managing projects and research across multiple contexts in a multi-cultural environment
- Three+ years of additional experience in a leadership position
- A mix of professional background experience in public and private sectors, ideally related to infrastructure or project finance
- Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills across a range of stakeholders, including senior financial institution or governmental leadership
- Experience working across programmatic or thematic boundaries.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in cross-cultural communication and engagement with diverse constituencies
- Experience across multiple global contexts, and well aware of international policy debates and challenges in urban finance and economics
- Post-Graduate Degree in urban planning, finance, or related field
- Deep knowledge of financing issues in developing country cities related to sustainable infrastructure
- Proficiency in a relevant second language
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
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 in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.
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 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.
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