Grants & Finance Specialist II, NDC Partnership

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

The NDC Partnership is hiring a Grants & Finance Specialist II. This is a great opportunity if you have two years of related grants, contract and nonprofit finance experience, and you are ready for the next challenge with an elite environmental research and analysis organization lauded for its subject matter expertise and operational transparency. In this role, you will work on complex, multi-year, multi-faceted international grants on developing and updating budgets, tracking expenditures, preparing financial reports and invoices, monitoring contracts, event management, and other tasks as needed. You will report to the Operations Manager.

Job Responsibilities

Your main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Financial Management (50% time)

  • Regularly reviews, updates, and monitors all transactions, commitments, and revenue prospects for the entire Support Unit’s diverse funder base
  • Coordinates and advises project managers on budget management and supplies financial reports under supervision
  • Follows WRI’s internal processes and deadlines related to funding, including quarterly reviews, monthly & annual closeouts, and future fiscal year annual budget submission
  • Supports the tracking and production of financial report to all donors, under supervision
  • Provides guidance to WRI’s International Offices to ensure their compliance with funder policies (Europe, Africa)
  • Supports the Operations Manager with monthly forecasting meetings with Directors and with providing analysis to the Global Director on overall monthly spending
  • Maintain budget tracking systems that have been developed for the various workstreams of the Support Unit, including tracking financial information by country and deliverables

Project Management (35% time)

  • Processes documentation in WRI’s system for project commitments (i.e. agreements, contracts, work authorizations, and purchase orders) for the Communications workstream; includes support of all contracting needs in relation to COP events and logistics
  • Track budget and expenditures in project management software and meet as needed with Head of Communications to review
  • Monitors vendors to ensure the timely and accurate submission of deliverables and invoices; process payments and keep a detailed tracking

Administration (15% time)

  • Supports the Operations Manager with special projects, including grant proposal budgets and work program budgets
  • Helps with processing documents: copying, faxing, retrieving signatures of grant agreements and contracts
  • Other duties may be assigned

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Two+ years of relevant full-time work experience preferably in financial management, administration, or nonprofit operations
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Attention to deadlines particularly with regard to grant compliance and monitoring subgrant and contract relationships
  • Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
  • Strong writing, database management and proofreading skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), web-based communications (Skype, GoToMeeting), with CRM database (Salesforce) and budgeting preferred
  • US work authorization is required. WRI cannot provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter with your resume when applying. 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 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.