Electric Mobility Associate

Data Analysis & Technical Research New Delhi, India

Job Summary

In this role, you will coordinate and lead research projects, stakeholder outreach, and on-the-ground support on several topics within electric mobility. Your work will include coordinating teams in multiple geographies, as well as supporting the overall program's objective of helping transform how cities are built, managed, and used, to make them compact, connected, coordinated, and resilient.

You will serve as the Electric Mobility team’s lead on electrification projects that relate to all aspects of traditional sustainable mobility objectives (which is encapsulated in WRI’s “Avoid-Shift-Improve” model). You will develop and better define this area of practice and generally serve as the point person for this topic on WRI’s Electric Mobility team. You will work closely with the Urban Mobility team at WRI and other relevant staff to help bridge internal and external discrepancies regarding the role of electric vehicles in sustainable transportation goals.

You will assist provide research, data analysis, modeling, and outreach support. Of particular importance, you will provide project management and be responsible for serving as project leads, managing junior staff, and helping in fundraising efforts. Your area of focus will center on understanding and promoting the nexus between electric mobility and traditional sustainable mobility (including how electric mobility can promote land-use policies, modal shift, active transportation, and road safety).

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at our WRI’s office in New Delhi, India once restrictions have lifted.


Main areas of responsibility will include, but not be limited to, the following:


  • Coordinating on all projects and research related to all aspects of the “avoid-shift-improve” framework
  • Managing junior staff in both official and unofficial capacities
  • Liaising with WRI Ross Center international offices (especially India, China, Brazil, Mexico, and Turkey) to ensure project coordination
  • Coordinating with subgrantees and local partners (especially in Vietnam)

Research and Knowledge

  • Leading, participating, and/or coordinating all research related to the application of electric mobility to the “avoid-shift-improve” framework
  • Conducting environmental and financial data collection, verification and visualization, and qualitative and quantitative analysis using modeling and visualization software
  • Authoring written and graphic content for publications, reports, papers, and presentations
  • Reviewing knowledge products written by external authors (i.e. not part of the Electric Mobility team)
  • Leading and contributing to the production of blogs, reports, and other informational content
  • Participating in monthly team research activities on a variety of topics


  • Creating content from proposals and concept notes, including deliverables, timelines, and budgets
  • Contributing to fundraising efforts
  • Attending various external functions and events, as relevant, to serve as a representative of WRI’s Electric Mobility team
  • Representing the Electric Mobility team in WRI meetings
  • Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in urban/city planning, land-use planning, transportation studies, or a related field (or BA and 2 additional years of experience)
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Experience promoting or advancing electric vehicles
  • Experience leading and writing research papers for academic journals or major conferences and applying qualitative and/or quantitative analysis to research pieces
  • Previous work experience and enthusiasm regarding electric mobility, public transport, urban service finance, energy and climate modeling, urban transit technical and policy analysis, or sustainability issues in developing countries
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, manage multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and independent thinker
  • Fluency and excellent verbal and writing communication skills in English

Desired Qualifications

  • Fluency or near-fluency in a second language (especially Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, or Portuguese)
  • Project management experience, especially on international projects with budgets over 100,000 USD
  • Experience planning, running, and moderating workshops of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds in the transportation field
  • Demonstrated extracurricular interest in electric vehicle planning or sustainable transportation planningdata

Program Overview

The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.

Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive.

WRI Ross Center builds on WRI’s global and local experience in urban planning and mobility, and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

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.