Local recruitment: Project Associate (Urban Water Resilience Practice)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

New Delhi, Delhi, India 🇮🇳

Who we are and what we do?

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, non-profit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on building sustainable and livable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, World Resources Institute puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

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.

Program Overview for Sustainable Cities and Transport

At WRI India Ross Center we focus on 10 integrated solutions to urban challenges. Through applied research, tools, hands-on advice, and by tapping our network of global experts, we accelerate transformative urban initiatives that have the power to change Indian cities into thriving, equitable and low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.

Working at WRI India Ross Center offers you the unique opportunity to learn and grow as you collaborate with a diverse set of change agents across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. As India’s biggest urban focused think and do tank, we seek thoughtful, enterprise-minded and sensitive individuals who can help us support this transformation and make a positive difference to citizens’ everyday lives.

About your role:

The Project Associate for Urban Water practice will work closely with WRI India’s Urban Water Resilience practice and AIWASI (Australia India Water Security Initiatives) Project stakeholders. This is a project-based role and entails delivering AIWASI project related activities, liaising with partners, undertaking projects and research work that will solve critical urban water challenges in India such as improving citywide inclusive and resilient access to WASH service provisioning, water sensitive urban development, rejuvenation of urban blue-green spaces, urban water resilience, onsite implementation of Nature-based Solutions/ Blue-Green Infrastructure/ WASH projects etc. The projects will include working with governments, professionals, private sector, civic groups and other stakeholders on solving the problems in a city and can be scaled-up in other contexts. You will consider issues of sustainable development, around socio-economic and environmental well-being of the people as basic approach to solve the problems. The selected candidate will report to Director-Urban Water Practice.

The candidate should be passionate about solving urban water challenges and self-driven towards influencing positive changes in the real world. The candidate should have deep understanding of the local context of Delhi and should help in identifying impactful positive changes that need to be achieved in the context of current urbanization. The candidate should be hands-on and equally good in conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis, prepare clearly written reports and communication material. The candidate should be energetic and agile, willing to respond quickly, outcome-oriented, team player, willing to travel at short notice and able to engage with partners and stakeholders.

How your day will unfold:

The successful candidate will handle a range of practice responsibilities. Some of the key responsibilities include:

Research & Knowledge: 

  • Conducting research, undertaking analysis and synthesize solutions towards project deliverables and on-site project implementation
  • Working on Australia India Water Security Initiative (AIWASI).
  • Researching on water sensitive urban design, water sensitive city, water supply and sanitation infrastructure, flooding and storm water management and water policy and governance with WRI and its stakeholders/partners
  • Handling, analyzing and visualizing research datasets.
  • Helping to write up short blogs, project reports, research reports and any other relevant and appropriate deliverables with WRI and its project partners for implementation.

Administrative: 

  • Liaising with AIWASI project partners, government agencies and experts
  • Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities.

Qualifications and requirements we seek:

  • Doctoral degree or Master’s Degree in science, engineering, social science, sociology, planning, water infrastructure, public policy, sociology, water science and governance or a related field with educational and professional experience in dealing with urban water issues.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Experience in undertaking fieldwork under challenging conditions. This may include community consultations and survey within urban informal settlements.
  • Exceptional research skills and experience in evaluating research methodologies
  • Willingness to engage with the team members in India and globally with a strong sense of respect for the team
  • Excellent written skills with the ability to express complex concepts clearly and concisely
  • Ability to work under demanding schedules and organize logistics around travel for work
  • Attention to details and ability to analyze these details under pressure
  • Willingness to travel for work to different states in India on a regular basis and on short notice
  • Fluency in English and Hindi is a must
  • Confidence and independence to take initiative, with the awareness and judgement to seek help when needed.

Salary and Benefits: 7,00,000 to 8,00,000 INR  

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

Duration: Term Hire (Initially 1 year full-time extendable to 2 years)

Location: Delhi, India

Start date: Immediate

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) @WRI India

WRI India values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our work and workforce. Integrating these values into our actions fosters a progressive and collaborative culture and can also enhance our impact.  It is our responsibility to create a welcoming working environment for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experience to learn together. We are responsible for fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where questions, concerns and information about diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our ongoing dialogue and development.

Learn more about WRI India’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Click Here

People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do – from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.

Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits: 
We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs

Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staff member

Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance

Digital healthcare service: Online doctor consultations for your primary healthcare needs

Flexible work schedule:  Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job

Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities

Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.

Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.

Click here to know more about our benefits Careers | WRI INDIA (wri-india.org)

Equal employment @WRI India

We believe in equal employment, it is our policy to recruit, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to caste, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.


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