Junior Climate Finance Officer, Guatemala

Finance & Accounting Worldwide, United States

Program Overview

The Sustainable Finance Center at the World Resources Institute (WRI) is seeking a Junior Climate Finance Officer to support our work on climate finance in Guatemala. The mission of the Sustainable Finance Center is to promote the shift of finance away from environmentally unsustainable activities towards environmentally sustainable ones. The Center does this through deep, multi-year partnerships with other WRI Programs and key external organizations. The Center recently launched a partnership to provide research and analytical support to the Guatemalan Ministry of Finance.

Job Summary

WRI is seeking a Junior Climate Finance Officer to sit within the Directorate of Public Credit at the Ministry of Finance. As the Junior Climate Finance Officer, you will help to develop and coordinate the climate finance programs and policies, identify a robust pipeline of climate projects, provide updates on regional and international climate finance circumstances, and assist in formulating country positions on international climate finance. You will work in collaboration with WRI’s country manager for climate finance.

This position is based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Guatemalan citizens are strongly preferred. This is a two-year position.

Job Responsibilities

With support and guidance from WRI colleagues:

  • Help the Guatemalan government develop, launch, and successfully mainstream relevant national climate finance policies and strategies into Government planning processes.
  • Support the development of a pipeline of climate change projects that are eligible for funding from multilateral, regional, and/or national sources.
  • Help identify opportunities to improve the monitoring and evaluation of climate finance flows in Guatemala.
  • Contribute to the Guatemalan Government’s knowledge base with statistical analysis, briefs and other knowledge products.
  • Contribute to WRI publications and communication products.
  • Assist in the organizing of meetings, consultations, and special events.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, financing, economics, climate change policy, or similar
  • Desire to learn about climate change and climate resilient development
  • Desire to learn about financial reporting standards and financial regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to be responsive to employer needs
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) in English and Spanish
  • Possess strong technical, analytical, data interpretation, and computer skills
  • Guatemalan citizenship is strongly preferred

Preferred Qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree in relevant field
  • Experience working on climate change and climate resilient development
  • Experience working on financial reporting standards and financial regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and see the implications of proposed changes
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and open to change
  • Demonstrated ability to identify issues and negotiate successful outcomes

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. 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 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 $120 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 900+ 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.  

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.