Project Coordinator II, New Climate Economy

Program Management Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Job Summary

WRI’s Climate Program seeks a dynamic, team-oriented Project Coordinator to support the New Climate Economy (NCE) staff as they develop and deliver impactful research, policy, and implementation projects in Ethiopia and across the Continent. In this role you will provide financial, administrative, and operational support for a team of in-country research and engagement experts, coordinate closely with research and support staff in WRI’s Global office, and help manage and coordinate multiple projects from international funding organizations.

In this role, you will be responsible for financial management, grants & contracts execution, team coordination, and event logistics. Additional duties may include communications support review work plans, support recruitment efforts, and other appropriate duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities

Project Management (30% time)

  • Support project managers in coordinating with external partners and provides close liaison with WRI research and operational staff in WRI Africa and WRI Global offices
  • Support project managers in the development and tracking of project workplans, deliverables, and task assignments
  • Process contracts, work orders, and other formal documentation for project commitments
  • Monitor program/project performance against contract requirements. • Support outreach efforts on behalf of projects
Financial Management (30% time)
  • Regularly review, update, and monitor all transactions, commitments, and revenue prospects for all team projects in collaboration with project manager
  • Coordinate and advise project managers on budget management, including use of advanced budgeting software, monthly financial tracking, and supporting project managers in expense forecasting and revenue analysis
  • Supply timely financial reports and analysis to project managers and program operations staff under supervision
  • Processes invoices and pay applications for projects in compliance with established governance
  • Manage grant closeout process, including donor reports, compliance, and audits
Grant Management (20% time)
  • Draft grant proposal budgets and assist in the collection & submission of formal proposals for all team fundraising efforts for multiple project grants
  • Coordinate proposal and grant reporting documentation packages for internal review and submit
  • Support donor and grant management by keeping internal database up-to-date
  • Ensure team compliance with terms and conditions of complex grant and contract agreements
Conference & Event Support (10% time)
  • Coordinate conference and event logistics for domestic and international meetings and workshops, including venue and catering, equipment or translators, travel and visa support for team
  • Coordinate event participant travel, accommodation, and any per diem support, including the proper documentation and compliance with any grant terms
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage informational and training webinars associated with project reports or methodologies to diverse, globally-dispersed online participants
  • Travel up to 1 week may be required, but is not guaranteed.
Administration (10% time)
  • Coordinate and schedule team meetings and assist in coordination of team’s planning process
  • Coordinate recruitment and manage onboarding of new staff members and interns, as needed. Other duties may be assigned
Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant full-time work experience is required, preferably in financial management, grants or contract management, or other nonprofit operations
  • Must be adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage varying deadlines
  • Attention to details particularly regarding grant compliance and contract relationships
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team 
How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Program Overview

WRI’s Africa Climate Program works to advance practical solutions to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, deploy clean energy solutions, improve resilience to climate impacts, and achieve a strong, clean economy that benefits all people. We do so through rigorous peer-reviewed expert analysis, consultation, convening, coalition building, and clear communications. Our experience, reputation and connections place us in a unique position to help shape international, national, and subnational climate policy efforts and generate new ideas and practices for global low-carbon development.

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 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, watersustainable 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 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.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

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.