Project Associate (Climate Resilience Practice)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Bengaluru, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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What is WRI?

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. Our work focuses on building sustainable and liveable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organisation with more than 400 experts and other staff around the world. World Resources Institute began in Washington, DC, in 1982 to provide cutting edge analysis to address global environment and development challenges. WRI spans more than 50 countries, with offices in BrazilChina, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States. In all of these locations, WRI works with government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action based on high-quality data and objective analysis.

WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

Position Overview:

WRI India is seeking a Project Associate to join the Climate Resilience Practice (CRP) team in India. The Project Associate will support the vision of CRP to helps governments, civil society, and the private sector to develop adaptation solutions in line with the scale and scope of climate change and build resilience.

WRI’s CRP team engages in a diverse body of work. The current projects build on a foundation of almost 10 years of work on climate change adaptation, much of which was conducted by a prior incarnation known as the Vulnerability & Adaptation Initiative. CRP has developed path-setting knowledge products to assess national institutional capacity and support civil society to enhance resilience efforts at the scale required.

This position is a unique opportunity for those wishing to be at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the field of climate adaptation and climate finance. The Project Associate will join a team of highly motivated individuals to work on (i) climate finance issues that are relevant to India (ii) climate proofing plans and processes at sub-national levels in the country and (iii) capacity building activities. The Project Associate will work closely with key government stakeholders to train and build institutional capacity to mainstream climate adaptation into sectoral and sub-national planning, coordinating and building capacity to enable access to climate finance from national international sources. The position also calls for research and application of innovative ideas to design appropriate financial and economic instruments like green bonds, climate resilience bonds etc., to mobilize finance flows in the country for adaptation and resilience related work.


The Project Associate’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Knowledge

  • Designing and piloting a framework for climate proofing district level planning documents
  • Research on best practices on climate change adaptation and compiling case studies
  • Research on climate finance and tapping the market potential for resilience bonds in India
  • Collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Helping to write up project documents, working papers and blogs
  • Providing support to other CRP projects as and when required


  • Liaising with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders as well as other key identified partners.
  • Planning and implementing state level training programmes for key stakeholders.
  • Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Environmental Economics, Developmental Studies
  • Minimum 2-3 years of relevant fulltime work experience
  • Exceptional research skills
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation and building resilience, familiarity with international and national climate negotiations and working plans (SAPCC, NAPCC, NDC, NAP), as well as other economic and developmental issues
  • Basic understanding of climate finance and working of the green bond market.
  • Excellent communications skills including presentation experience.
  • Excellent written skills with the ability to express concepts clearly and concisely
  • Willingness to travel for work to different states in India on a regular basis and on short notice
  • Ability to work independently and shoulder responsibility
  • An analytical and creative mind who can come up with innovative solutions to tackle complex problems
  • Fluency in English and Hindi.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in writing reports and publishing papers is preferred
  • Prior work experience with research organizations, particularly field level experience
  • Prior experience in engaging and interacting with governmental agencies and sectors, and networking with other key stakeholders from the environmental and developmental space.
  • Confidence and independence to take initiative, with the awareness and judgement to seek help when needed

Salary and Benefits:

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Location: Based in one of WRI India’s offices (Bengaluru or Mumbai), India

To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.

Finalized candidate will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

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 preference, parental 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.