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Grants & Contracts Specialist

World Resources Institute – Washington, DC

Program Overview

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnerships ( Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) is a new offering of the Partnership designed to be a targeted, demand-driven, and impact-focused fast-track initiative to deliver support for implementing and enhancing NDCs to set countries up for success in achieving raised ambition. Under CAEP a Technical Assistance Fund (TAF) will be established. It will allow countries to address the challenges of the first generation of NDCs by providing support for the development and implementation of evidence-based, high-quality NDCs with broad ownership from society and government. In addition, the Office of Grants and Contracts supports WRI Programs, Centers and international offices with both funding award, subaward administration, procurement and compliance support and guidance.

Job Summary

As the Grants and Contracts Specialist, you will work with the Grants and Contracts Director in overseeing the financial and compliance management of WRIs grants, contracts and subawards primarily as it relates to the CAEP. Responsibilities are listed below.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the TAF Grants & Contracts Specialist on all TAF subgrants
  • Develops, maintains, and processes grants/contracts files that meet legal and auditing requirements.
  • Process subgrantee quarterly reports
  • Assist with preparation of standard financial reports for international offices
  • Review and approve participant/reimbursement agreements which are in line with all WRI policies.
  • Serve as initial respondent on policy and process questions from staff in representative offices, referring questions as necessary to the relevant DC expert.
  • Pre-reviews Grant Initiation requests (including amendments and extensions) for completeness and corresponds with submitters to ensure the submission documentation is complete.
  • Facilitates closeout of subgrants, research agreements, professional service agreements, grants, and contracts to WRI.
  • Ensure Salesforce data integrity in support of reporting and forecasting
  • Helps monitor life of grant reporting requirements and keeps program staff aware of upcoming deadlines.
  • Helps maintain user-friendly grants and subrecipient management resources.
  • Assists in preparation for annual audits, including review of documentation in support of audit
  • Proposal liaison (in select circumstances) help Programs adapt and implement proposal development policy especially for budgets and special clearances of any funding caps or cost shares.

Job Qualifications

  • 2+ years of relevant, full time experience in grants and contracts administration
  • Bachelors degree required
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to deadlines and detail-oriented, particularly with regard to donor agreements, contracts and other related legal documents
  • Team player, and able to work independently
  • Strong MS Office skills, including demonstrated experience working with databases
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues with program staff
  • Salesforce and/or SharePoint experience
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter with your application. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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 worlds greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve peoples 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 $130 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 1,000 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Ethiopia 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.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve peoples lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRIs 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. WRIs 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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