Research & Project Manager

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, District of Columbia


Position at World Resources Institute

Job Summary

In this position in our Business Center, you will lead the development of the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G)’s first State of the Art (SoA) Report. The SoA will achieve its objectives of showcasing the progress of partnerships including P4G, catalyzing engagement in partnerships, and making partnerships more effective by:   

  1. Reporting on the progress of select P4G and select non-P4G partnerships in the green growth transition, highlighting the latest trends and developments in partnerships within and across the five targeted areas
  2. Identifying key lessons learned about what is working and what is not working for partnerships based on an assessment of historic and current public-private partnerships in this area

You will be the lead researcher and project manager to complete these deliverables and will help define a research agenda and project plan with support from our experts and outside contributors. Expected research methods include literature reviews, interviews with partnership participants and experts, surveys, and/or workshops to gather data on partnership progress, challenges, enabling conditions, and best practices. Additionally, you will manage other researchers and inputs from partner organizations involved in the report, the consultation process with key stakeholders including the P4G Network, and manage the peer review process.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct or oversee literature reviews relevant to the SoA reports primary objectives and activities.
  • Develop and implement a research agenda and project plan to survey current P4G and non-P4G partnerships on their progress, challenges, enabling conditions, and lessons learned using social science research methods.
  • Coordinate with P4G partner organizations and relevant current P4G and non-P4G partnerships to develop the project plan.
  • Manage other researchers and partner organizations involved in contributing to the report.
  • Manage the report’s peer review process, including corresponding with internal and external experts to gather and respond to input on the report.
  • Participate in internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences, and other dissemination activities.
  • Lead synthesis of research findings and drafting and finalization of the first State of the Art Report including consultation processes with the P4G network.
  • Be responsible for donor reporting and adhering to WRI / P4G protocols.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant full-time work experience with a minimum of 3 years of additional experience in a leadership position
  • Master’s degree required (or 2 additional years of experience) in the field of economics, business, public policy, sustainable development, or finance (or demonstrated experience in business or finance as it relates to sustainable development)
  • Prior experience designing and/or conducting surveys, interviews and facilitating workshops with public and private sector audiences
  • Prior experience identifying causality using natural or designed experiments (or other methods)
  • Prior experience authoring or co-authoring high-quality academic articles or reports
  • Prior experience engaging and coordinating with a wide range of multi-disciplinary stakeholders in the development, review, and finalization of high-quality academic articles or reports
  • Experience or demonstrated understanding of public-private partnerships and the Global Goals 2030
  • Availability to travel to at least 3-5 international conferences over the next two years to conduct surveys and/or workshops
  • US work authorization is required; WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

P4G - Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 - was created with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum on developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) at scale to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. Partnerships aim to advance solutions in five key areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities, and circular economy.

P4G directly supports innovative start-up and scale-up partnerships through four main activities: funding, facilitation, recognition, and development of state of the art knowledge on PPPs. In 2020, P4G will release its first State of the Art Report.

About the State of the Art Report:

The first P4G State of the Art Report, to be released in October 2020, aims to catalyze engagement in public-private partnerships and to make partnerships more effective. The report will do so by drawing out the latest “state of the art” trends and developments in partnerships in the P4G sectors. Additionally, the report will examine historic and ongoing partnerships (P4G and non-P4G) to draw out lessons learned on what is working and what is not working for partnerships to advance the global sustainable development agenda. This will be the first of a series of biennial P4G State of the Art Reports. By regularly taking stock of the progress of these partnerships over time, this series of reports will help P4G and others to advance knowledge around how to design and develop impactful and successful PPPs.

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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ 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 ( 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.