Grants & Finance Specialist II, WRI Mexico Liaison

Grants & Contracts Washington, DC, United States

Job Summary

In this role, you will provide administrative oversight and program operations support for a new award from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMU). You will manage grant and contract management, accounts payable, financial management, and partner coordination for a five year, 30 Million award in conjunction with the WRI Mexico office, as well as project support for the 20x20 Initiative, under the Global Restoration Initiative. As Grants & Finance Specialist, you will work closely with WRI’s Accounting, Grants and Contracts teams, and project managers within the Forest Program. You will be part of a growing team of operational support specialists within the Food, Forests, Water and Ocean Programs.

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

Job Responsibilities

Grant and Subagreement Management (50%)

  • Process invoices and payments for projects in compliance with WRI’s policies (subgrants, consultancies, work orders, etc.)
  • Monitor partners to ensure the timely and accurate submission of progress and financial reports and ensure all paperwork is up to date and properly recorded
  • Submit and track requests for payment and ensure that payments processed are consistent with WRI’s internal policies and grant requirements
  • Draft and execute new subgrants, contracts, and amendments as needed
  • Work directly with funder to request and submit Prime award amendments, payment request, and other funder related needs
Financial Management (45%)
  • Manage the monthly expense review and tracking of expenses to ensure donor compliance and appropriate spending
  • Manage the coordination and preparation of funder financial reports and ensure spending in alignment with funder regulations
  • Update and maintain project budgets utilizing WRI’s budgeting and forecasting software, TM1
  • Monitor and work with WRI’s accounting team to ensure hedging and proper application of FOREX to all awards
  • Support team with financial management for conference and event logistics as needed, including participant travel
  • Support Restoration Operations Manager with preparation of quarterly financial reviews
Program Administration and Operations (5%)
  • Provide support for additional external and internal meetings, presentations, and conferences, as needed
Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience in financial management and administration, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish required
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker with an interest in program operations, grant compliance, financial management, and budgeting Demonstrated judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, etc.) and web-based communications (e.g., Skype, TEAMS, etc.)
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and contractors
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in a geographically-dispersed team
  • Must be willing to attend meetings outside of regular, local business hours with notice to accommodate colleagues in other time zones
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and institutional values
  • Experience with administration of BMU/ZUG or other European bilateral donors is a plus

Potential Salary: $53,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Program Summary

The Global Restoration Initiative (GRI) works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. Alongside IUCN and other partners, WRI has identified more than two billion hectares of cleared and degraded forest and agricultural lands suitable for restoration – an area roughly twice the size of China. Using this data as a foundation, we work to promote restoration of degraded lands back into natural forests, agroforestry systems, or productive agriculture. Embracing forest and landscape restoration will allow for a world in which the amount of forest cover grows while the productivity of existing agricultural land increases.

Initiative 20x20, which sits under the GRI, is a country-led effort seeking to change the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean by bringing 20 million hectares of land into restoration by 2020. The initiative—launched formally at COP 20 in Lima—supports the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030, and the New York Declaration on Forests that seeks to restore 350 million hectares by 2030.

Our global office works closely with our WRI international offices through partnerships to progress our initiatives in their locals. At WRI Bosques (Mexico) we seek to help reduce deforestation and reforest degraded areas. With our Global Forest Watch initiative, we use the latest satellite information to follow global deforestation in real time. The Global Restoration Initiative identifies ways of restoring woodland and productivity in deforested and degraded areas. The Forest Legality Alliance helps eliminate the sources of illegal timber used by the business sector. We develop public policy recommendations to ensure effective and inclusive governance of the world's forest resources. We work to get governments to reforest the upper, middle and lower basins (considering the native species of the area).

WRI Overview

World Resource 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, watersustainable 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 inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited 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.  

WRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.