Project Coordinator (Sustainable Cities)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

Program:WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Location:Washington, District of Columbia
Position Type:Short term part-time (6 months or less)

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 January 2016, WRI was again named the #1 environmental think tank in the world in a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s ‘2015 Global Go To Think Tanks index’.


WRI is seeking a fast-learning, organized, and enthusiastic candidate to fill a full-time, short-term project coordinator position. The project coordinator will provide financial, grant management, administrative, and research support to the Urban Development Practice Area. Primary responsibilities include supporting the stewardship of a large grant, updating and tracking practice area budget, processing payments and contracts, contributing to research and knowledge capture on diverse topics pertaining to urban development and integrated planning, and providing day-to-day program support functions.

The Urban Development project coordinator will work from WRI headquarters in Washington, D.C. within the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities program. The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy, and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables connected, compact and coordinated cities. The Center expands the transport and urban development expertise of the EMBARQ network to catalyze innovative solutions in low-carbon energy, building efficiency, governance, and water risk. It combines the research excellence of the World Resources Institute (WRI) with 13 years of on-the-ground impact through a network of 180 experts working to make cities in Brazil, China, India, Mexico and Turkey better places to live.

We are committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, you may be expected to support attention to gender where appropriate.


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

Financial Management

  • Assists with project budget management and tracking using Cognos and TM1 systems
  • Reviews and processes invoices and payment requests adhering to WRI and donor policies and procedures

Grant and Contract Management

  • Supports in setting up and overseeing contracts, subgrants and purchase orders
  • Aids in donor and grant management by keeping systems and codes up-to-date, and drafting financial and cost share reports


  • Coordinates, schedules and documents meetings with internal and external partners 
  • Oversees document management and organization as well as compilation of materials for reports and proposals


  • Supports research development and writing on a range of topics including transit-oriented development and integrated planning 
  • Helps develop workshop training materials, presentations and learning modules to support on-the-ground workshops and capacity building

Other duties may be assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum 1 year of experience

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be 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.

About WRI

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and corporate leaders.

WRI’s reputation is grounded in its excellent analysis, non-partisan approach, and high-impact results. We measure our success based on how our work helps to create real-world change on the ground—an approach we call “Managing for Results.”

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WRI fosters a culture of innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees are driven by the organization’s mission and have the satisfaction of helping to create a more prosperous and healthy planet.

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