Finance and Operations Associate, Nature Crime Consortium

Finance & Accounting Washington, DC, United States

This position will be based in WRI Washington DC office. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.

About the Program:

The Nature Crime Consortium is a five-year, $25 million program supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and led and managed by WRI. The Consortium’s program of work focuses on detecting and combating illegal logging, forest conversion, wildlife trade and fishing and associated crimes in selected developing countries and across transnational supply chains and criminal networks. The Consortium will also work closely with the Nature Crime Alliance, a multi-stakeholder coalition launched in August 2023, for which WRI hosts the Secretariat.

Job Highlight:

  • You will report to the Operations Manager, Natural Resources Governance and Policy Program
  • You will provide financial and operational support to this new Consortium – keeping us and our sub awardees on track to deliver on project activities, and thereby help ensure that we can advance the Consortium activities and outputs agreed with USAID.
  • You will have regular support from the Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party.

What will you do:

Budget and expense management (55%):

  • Provide essential budget monitoring for the Consortium, by reviewing the transactions and finances of the projects monthly, and updating budgets quarterly (in collaboration with the Operations Manager and project leads)
  • Monitor life-of-grant financial reporting requirements and ensure that financial progress reports are submitted in a timely manner
  • Submit and track requests for payment in a timely manner and ensure that payments processed are consistent with WRI’s internal policies and grant requirements
  • Support the Operations Manager and Program Manager in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of grants and contracts
  • Support the Secretariat team, partners, and contractors in understanding all relevant processes and approach issues with patience and good humor

Grants and contracts management (20%):

  • Prepare and maintain sub grant and contract agreements with partners and contractors in line with WRI procurement and grants management policies, including follow-up needs to complete agreements on time, and any required amendments
  • Assist in preparation and drafting of large contracts, sub grants and procurement memos, support market research efforts under larger procurements, collect documents from vendors, submits contracts for review and approval and obtains relevant signatures
  • Maintain database of contracts and sub-grants under the Nature Crime Consortium and ensure the timely and accurate submission of progress and financial reports from sub grantees

Program administration and support (25%):

  • Coordinates logistics of Consortium events, including coordinating venue, catering, travel, and accommodation arrangements
  • Organize and manage program documentation in shared drives
  • Support the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party with other administrative duties, as needed, such as taking meeting minutes, and serving as point of contact for WRI operations and other core functions

What will you need:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, procurement, or related area, or relevant diploma/certificate in accounting or finance
  • Experience: You have 3 years of relevant experience within finance, contract & procurement, grants coordination, or business administration (essential)
  • You have worked in roles in the past that require a high level of numerical literacy, especially using Excel, and extreme attention to detail (essential)
  • You have managed budgets and tracked expenses for projects involving sub-grants or sub-contracts to geographically disbursed sub-grantees (essential), including complex projects (desirable)
  • You have past experience working with medium to large (5 mill USD +) grants, and with ensuring that reporting requirements, policies, and deadlines from donors are met
  • You have experience with financial software such as TM1 and Cognos (desirable but training will be provided during on-boarding)
  • You have experience with U.S. government procurement processes and contracting
  • You have experience with U.S. Government funding (USAID), large institutional donors (such as Norway, UK) and/or private philanthropies and foundations
  • You have worked for or with multi-stakeholder initiatives, and/or with donor funded non-profits
  • You have experience working within teams that are geographically dispersed
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency. Other language skills desirable
  • Requirements: Existing United States work authorization is required.WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

Potential Salary:  Salary range is between 69,000 and 73,000 USD. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors

How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of October 20, 2023.  You mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.  

What we offer: 

  • A competitive salary 
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US. 
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities. 
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI. 
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours. 
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure. 

About Us:

Founded in 1982, 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 to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

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.  

Our mission and values:  

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.  

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.     

Our culture:

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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.    

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.