WRI China Water Program Lead

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Beijing China


World Resources Institute China Office

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WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Our more than 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources – the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.

The Senior Associate III position will lead WRI China’s water related program work and contribute to WRI’s global water program. The position reports to the WRI China Country Director, Lailai Li, and will work closely with WRI’s Global Water Director, helping to achieve WRI’s five-year strategic plan and ensure that WRI achieves significant impact in China and globally. The China Water Senior Associate with work with the China water team of four staff to implement ongoing work related to water and clean energy, analysis and policies to help China improve water quality and overall water security, as well as innovative waste-to-energy efforts to reduce sewage pollution and provide clean biogas energy in China’s cities. The position will be responsible for developing and implementing the China Water strategy, leading outreach to key government and other policymakers and research leaders, and fundraising to support the program and China water team staff. The China Sr. Water Associate will also participate in global discussions and meetings with WRI staff across its international and global offices, as well as international conferences and events.


The Associate’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Knowledge (30% of time required)
•Identifies water knowledge gaps where WRI research can produce changes in China and globally. consistent with WRI’s mission, in collaboration with research staff from the global water team, city team, energy team, and other programs/centers/international offices.
•Identifies the data and methods needed to produce robust, unbiased research that addresses. knowledge gaps and informs the China Office, Water Program, and City Program’s influence strategies.
•Authors or co-authors knowledge products (e.g., reports, briefs, data-products).
•Supervises multiple junior researchers.
•Reviews 4-6 knowledge products written by other WRI researchers yearly.

Program/Project Management (30% of time required)
•Serves as China Water Lead and leads multiple water projects in China.
•Helps junior staff develop professionally and grows the China water team into a recognized and highly respected team within China as well as with global audiences.
•Sets project objective strategies and outcomes for a minimum of 1 large or 3 smaller projects.
•Provides oversight of major financially integrated efforts for China water team.
•Monitoring budgets and financial performance, taking appropriate action to ensure key financial objectives are met, including resolving difficult or sensitive financial issues.
•Proactively manages changes in objective scope, identifies new opportunities and needed shifts in program and project activities, and devises contingency plans.
•Defines project success criteria and disseminates them to involved parties throughout the project life cycle.

Program Development (40% of time required)
•Helps WRI’s China Office, Water Program and WRI-Ross Sustainable Cities Center manage cross-cutting projects with global significance, and engages in work planning efforts, global program retreats and management meetings.
•Contributes to China Office, Water Program and City Program strategy development, partnership development, and fundraising proposals.
•Acts as chief fundraiser for the China water program, leading proposal development and other fundraising efforts consistent with meeting the team’s six figure annual fundraising goal.
•Leverages new and maintains existing relationships with foundations, governments and individual donors, and develops and leads outreach/funding presentations to potential donors.
•Supports the assigned program’s team members across countries and programs (strategy development, work planning, study tours, workshops, internal consultation processes).
•Develops communications materials, concept notes, and timely content related to sustainable water management trends and solutions.
•Develops, and manages others to develop, presentations for internal and external audiences, and speaks frequently at major China and global conferences.

•Masters or PhD in a related field
•Minimum 7-10 years of full-time work experience in relevant field, with program implementation, project management, and fundraising experience
•Demonstrated ability to connect research results to measurable external change
•Prior supervision and mentorship of one or more junior staff
•Experience with external communications and/or donor management
•Exceptionally good communication and interpersonal skills
•Strong quantitative, analytical research skills
•Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
•Ability to travel when needed

Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.
Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.
Application Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Location: Beijing, China


How to Apply
Qualified applicants should apply online at www.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org/wri) 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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