Grants & Finance Specialist II, Global Forest Watch

Grants & Contracts Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

The World Resources Institute’s Food, Forest, Water and Ocean Program (FFWO) is seeking a full-time, independent, well-organized, and detail-oriented individual to provide support to the Forest Program. This is an excellent position if you seeking to work in financial and project/ program management.

Global Forest Watch’s (GFW) mission is to make high-quality information about forests universally accessible and useful for people worldwide, so as to empower them to manage forest landscapes sustainably and improve the livelihoods of local people. The GFW platform unites satellite technology, open data, and human networks to provide free access to the most timely, reliable, and actionable information about the world’s forests. The GFW initiative supports governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to apply this information to solve critical forest monitoring and management challenges.

Job Summary

In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing budgets, contracts and sub-contracts for the various projects within our Global Forest Watch under the Forest Program. This will include developing budgets for new proposals, tracking and updating current project budgets, preparing grant financial reports, preparing and managing invoices, contracts and sub-contracts. You work closely with our grants and contracts team, project managers within Global Forest Watch and is part of a growing team of Grants and Finance Coordinators within the Food, Forests, Water and Oceans Program. You will also work closely with the WRI Indonesia staff and other global partners.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the GFW’s Grants and Contracts Associate, operational staff at WRI Indonesia and DC global office, and project managers in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of grants and contracts, particularly detailed government grant requirements 
  • Monitor life of grant reporting requirements and ensure that progress reports are submitted in a timely manner 
  • Prepare detailed financial reports to funders as needed and gather transaction receipts 
  • Track contract deliverables to ensure that they are submitted within the period of performance and coordinate the submission of invoices 
  • Review on a quarterly basis the transactions and finances of the GFW project portfolio  
  • Work with project managers and the GFW Grants and Contracts Associate with creating annual budgets, updating budgets quarterly, and creating budgets for upcoming proposals consistent with WRI’s requirements for budgeting costs 
  • Submit and track requests for payment in a timely manner and ensure that payments processed are consistent with WRI’s internal policies and grant requirements 
  • Prepare and maintain subgrant and contract agreements with partners and contractors 
  • Work with partners to help them understand and meet subgrant and contract requirements 
  • Monitor partners to ensure the timely and accurate submission of progress and financial reports 
  • Work with GFW staff to instruct and guide on proper execution of expenses reports, payment processing, work orders and other internal processes to ensure they are consistent with WRI’s internal policies
  • Additional administrative duties as needed.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required. Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant, full time experience in financial management and administration, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Experience with USAID and US government funding preferred
  • The position requires a detail-oriented, highly organized individual with experience and interest in program operations, grant compliance, financial management, and budgeting 
  • Must be adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines 
  • Attention to deadlines, particularly with regard to grant compliance and monitoring subgrantees and contractors 
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and contractors 
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and demonstrated strong work ethic 
  • Strong writing, database management, and proofreading skills 
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

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 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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico 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 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.