Strategic Solutions & Engagement Specialist, Global Forest Watch

Data Analysis & Technical Research Sao Paulo, Brazil


Ideally, this position will be located in WRI Brasil's São Paolo office, but other Latin American locations may be considered for an extraordinary candidate

Job Summary

In this role in our Global Forest Watch (GFW) team, you will be a part of the GFW Commodities and Finance team and lead the application of GFW Pro to commodity sector needs in Latin America. In this position, you will also coordinate with the GFW Global Engagement team, supporting the scaling of GFW’s suite of monitoring solutions in the region.

Job Responsibilities

Scaling of GFW Pro (75%)

  • Serve as the focal point for engagement with local actors – commodity companies, financial institutions, certification standards, NGOs, governments and others - leading GFW Pro presentations, trainings, onboardings, support and feedback collection
  • Identify, surface and test ideas with users – such as new analyses, datasets and functionalities - for improving GFW Pro. Support focused proof-of-concept projects as relevant
  • Attend regional technical fora pertaining to the intersection of commodity supply chains and deforestation monitoring, engaging and building networks and/or partnerships with commodity sector stakeholders

Supporting GFW’s Suite of Monitoring Solutions (25%)

  • Support engagement with local civil society actors, journalists, law enforcement, and other forest monitors by providing trainings and demonstrations on the GFW platform, Forest Watcher and MapBuilder applications, and responding to questions regarding their use
  • Identify opportunities for combining GFW’s suite of monitoring solutions – GFW, Forest Watcher, MapBuilder and GFW Pro - and contribute to their implementation as relevant
  • Undertake other activities related to GFW efforts in the region, such as assisting in new forest and land cover data acquisition and management

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience at the intersection of agricultural commodities and deforestation issues in Latin America. Prior experience working with and/or for the private sector agribusiness
  • Master's degree in agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, environmental management or another relevant field (or a bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of relevant work experience)
  • Good understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with the ability to run basic analysis in ArcGIS software and discuss GIS concepts with a wide variety of stakeholders. Advanced GIS skills including the ability to utilize both ArcGIS Desktop 10.x and ArcGIS Online, work with both raster and vector-based GIS analysis, and run analysis on large and complex datasets is preferred.
  • Demonstrated engagement and partner management skills with the ability to scale-up existing partnerships and form new partnerships
  • Client-focused and delivery-oriented mindset
  • Strong communication skills including the capacity to deliver presentations and trainings with ease
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities at once
  • Ability to effectively work within a global team structure and carry-out both collaborative and individual work. Can take initiative and manage own time
  • Willingness to try new ideas and be innovative
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese and/or Spanish. Fluency in all three languages is preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter along with a copy of your resume in English. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

WRI’s Forest Program works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations. We aim to curb deforestation worldwide and help restore and reforest already-cleared land. With these goals in mind, the Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative makes the best available data for monitoring forests accessible online. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world.

Global Forest Watch - Commodities & Finance

Recognizing that the agricultural industry is essential for human well-being yet is often associated with tropical deforestation, GFW Commodities and Finance focuses on developing applied monitoring solutions for commodity supply chains. With the recent launch of GFW Pro, companies, financial institutions and other entities can now securely monitor and manage for deforestation risk in areas they buy from or invest in.  

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, water, sustainable 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 in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United 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.  

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