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Grants and Finance Specialist, Food, Forests, Water and Ocean at World Resources Institute (WRI)


Accounting, Auditing & Finance

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1 week ago

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The World Resources Institute is a global research non-profit organization that was established in with funding from the MacArthur Foundation under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being.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.

Job Highlight:

As a member of the GRI Operations Team, you will provide administrative oversight and support program operations for a varied portfolio of projects funded by multiple donors, including foreign governments and foundations. You will ensure accurate grants and contracts management, offer financial oversight, foster partner collaboration, and contribute to event coordination. As a Grants & Finance Specialist, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in non-profit operations and financial management. You will be supported by the GRI’s Operations and Management team, along with WRI’s Accounting, Grants and Contracts teams, and project managers within the Forest Program. You will report to the Finance and Administration Specialist of the Vital Landscapes Pillar.

What will you do:

Grant Financial Management (45%):

Coordinate with and advise project leads on budget management, including the use of budgeting software, monthly financial tracking, and supporting project managers in expense forecasting and revenue analysis Review, update, and monitor all transactions, invoices, commitments, and revenue prospects Follows WRI’s internal processes and deadlines related to funding, including quarterly reviews, financial reporting, monthly and annual closeouts, and future fiscal year annual budget submission

Grant and Subagreement Management (50%):

Work directly with funders to request and submit prime award amendments, payment request, and other funder related needs Process and execute new subgrants, contracts, and amendments Process invoices and payments for projects in compliance with WRI’s policies Monitor partners to ensure the timely and accurate submission of progress and financial reports

Program Administration and Operations (5%):

Monitor compliance with and advise teams on institutional policies, such as WRI’s travel and expense policy Support miscellaneous project operations needs, including personnel processes, labor forecasting and guidance processes, and IT Advise team on budget management and address any financial issues in coordination with the Operations Manager Track program funding opportunities and record information in on-line tracking systems.

What will you need:


You have a completed bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, public administration, non-profit management, or other relevant study area

Experience :

You have 3+ years full-time relevant work experience in operations, grant administration, budgeting, or financial management Experience with expense forecasting, grant compliance, and monitoring subgrants and contracts Experience interacting with multiple stakeholders and cross-collaboration with teams Experience with financial software, such as TM1 or Cognos and with CRM software such as Salesforce desirable


You have verbal and written proficiency in English. Proficiency in French desirable


Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

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