Research Analyst II

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Sao Paulo, , BR

About WRI

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. WRI is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues.

In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post.


The economist will be based in São Paulo, and will report to the Brazilian Forest and Water Program and Natural Infrastructure for Water Project.

The Brazilian Forest and Water Program envisions a steep decline in gross deforestation in Brasil. The clearing of mature forest decrease coupled with a steep increase in reforestation. Within this vision, forest regeneration and commercial plantations have a key role to play. The strategy to make it happen aims to activate change in three key areas: a) Commodity value chains will facilitate market commitments to zero net deforestation; b) Restoration will be perceived as an economic opportunity; C) Land-use monitoring systems will alert stakeholders to forest gain, loss and land use change.

The Natural Infrastructure for Water Project works with public entities, businesses, and development banks to scale up natural infrastructure (NI) investments that secure water resources. For more information, visit

WRI works with businesses, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future. We seek to address both water quantity and water quality challenges. For example, our Aqueduct project uses the most up-to-date data to produce global water risk maps, allowing stakeholders to assess current and future challenges. We conduct economic and other analyses to identify the most cost-effective strategies to reduce water pollution. And we identify solutions—such as restoring ecosystem services—to alleviate stresses on the world’s water supplies.


The Research Analyst’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Research & Knowledge (70% of time required)

The economist will support a small team helping to:

• Assist with and sometimes lead components of decision-relevant economic and financial analysis for WRI’s corporate and government partners, on topics such as:

           • Interconnections between natural infrastructure and operational performance of water infrastructure at specific sites in Brasil
           • Opportunities to restore forests for water security benefits and also for directly economic benefits as timber and non-timber products
           • The costs and benefits of site-specific investments in natural infrastructure
           • Decompose the restoration costs to identify the costliest items and suggest political and financial instruments to reduce the total restoration cost
           • Develop analyses to link costs, benefits, risks and financial aspects to develop business cases and financing instruments for large-scale restoration
           • Produce business case about large scale restoration projects
           • Identify the financial instruments to enable the start-up scale restoration projects
           • Conduct literature reviews and foundational research to inform site-specific studies
           • Collect, organize, and assess economic and environmental data as inputs to policy- relevant economic analyses

• Apply methods of ecosystem valuation, cost-benefit analysis, and WRI’s “Green-Gray Analysis” method
• Support the drafting and development of peer-reviewed publications, and prepare communication materials

Administrative (30% of time required)

• Organizing internal and external meetings, workshops, conferences and other dissemination activities.
• Liaising with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries.
• Coordinate activities among WRI staff, corporate partners, relevant local experts, and relevant government officials
• Help design work plans and frame approaches to research.
• Steward collective learning on natural infrastructure and restoration programs.


Required Qualifications:

• Degree: Advanced degree in Economics, Environmental Economics, or a highly related field. PhD preferred.
• Minimum 2-3 years of relevant full time work experience.
• Written and spoken fluency in both Portuguese and English.
• Proven experience playing a lead role in economic analysis related to water, watershed restoration, and/or ecosystem services valuation. Knowledge of energy sectors, in particular hydropower plants in Brazil is preferred.
• Ability to take a challenge and run with it: you will be part of a team, but will be expected to think critically, creatively, and independently.
• Excellent research skills: You can evaluate the merits of competing ideas and know how to find data.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• A desire to advance our understanding of the relationship between humans and water.
• Flexibility to travel
• Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues

Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Optional:Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

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.

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