Project Manager (Resource Watch)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job Summary

Working with Programs, Centers, and International offices across WRI, you will collaborate to design and deliver new projects where Resource Watch can create opportunities for real world impact. In this role, you will identify and lead opportunities with key external partners to create on-the-ground environmental and social change and to bolster Resource Watch’s position as a trusted source for sustainable development data and as a global public good.

The role requires enthusiasm about the opportunities data can offer for sustainable development when put this into the hands of NGOs, partners, and decision-makers. It also requires a strong commitment to communication, coordination in a matrixed organization, and timely delivery.

This position is remote for the remainder of the year due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC, London, or the Hague once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities
Project Management (50%)

  • Manage cross-institutional Resource Watch projects by setting and negotiating deliverables with internal and external stakeholders, including evaluation of budget and staff capacity needs
  • Create detailed program design for impactful and efficient delivery of project outcomes, leveraging domain expertise from WRI colleagues internationally
  • Organize, document, and track progress towards project delivery. Report on progress through internal communications, presentations, and grant reporting to donors
  • Monitor and evaluate progress towards deliverables and real-world impact, capturing key lessons learned to refine future Resource Watch project engagement
  • Develop a culture of learning in project management and design across the Resource Watch team
  • Identify well-aligned opportunities to collaborate with WRI’s Programs, Centers, and International offices to turn data into action
  • Proactively engage with new target audiences, such as users from international organizations, media outlets, and national and subnational governments
  • Contribute to proposals, cultivate new opportunities and track them in Salesforce
  • Work with RW's Program Coordinator and RDI's Operations Manager to manage the annual budget and relevant grant and contract revenue

Manage Activities Related to WRI’s Open Data Commitment (25%)

  • Develop and implement an open data outreach strategy
  • Respond to external requests for access to data or further information
  • Provide guidelines and training to WRI staff on WRI’s Open Data commitment
  • Lead programs in the documentation and upload of data onto the open data portal, including quality controlling metadata
  • Assist in the maintenance of WRI’s open data portal, led by core communications

Monitoring and Evaluation (20%)

  • Enhance monitoring and evaluation practices for Resource Watch, including documentation of user stories and tracking of quantitative metrics. Ensure that lessons learned from our monitoring and evaluation work inform and strengthen new proposals and sharpens the ability for Resource Watch to deliver impact
  • Author or co-author knowledge products about our monitoring and evaluation work such as reports, briefs, data products, and blogs
  • Work with the RW team, the Data Lab and WRI’s Managing for Results team to contribute to institute-wide efforts in improving monitoring and evaluation practices for WRI’s data platforms

Institutional Review of Data Products (5%)

  • Support the Research, Data and Innovation team in reviewing data products 

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of full-time work experience working on project management, environmental data, sustainable development or international development 
  • Master's degree in Environmental Science, Sustainability Science, Computer Science, International Development or related field, (or a bachelor's degree in a related field with an additional two years of work experience)
  • Strong project management experience
  • Experience working with donors including philanthropic institutions and international development agencies
  • Experience conducting monitoring and evaluation work
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organization with the ability to manage competing priorities
  • Experience with satellite imagery, data visualization tools, and data platforms
  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues to non-technical colleagues and partners
  • Self-motivated with a willingness to learn and the ability to take on new challenges
  • Interest in working for a mission-driven environmental organization
  • Interest in communicating environmental and sustainability data and science
  • Work authorization is required for one of the three country locations. We are unable to provide work sponsorship for this role.

Potential Salary: $59,000 - $77,000 if based in the US. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Program Overview

Resource Watch launched as a trusted source for sustainable development data in 2018 with more than 40 partners. The platform hosts approximately 300 datasets, including 50+ in near real-time, powered by an evolving, cutting-edge platform. Resource Watch enables decision-makers to use data to inform action, and it empowers activists to hold governments and companies accountable. The platform has facilitated agenda-setting data journalism, led to global awards and is empowering decision-makers on the ground. At WRI, Resource Watch is hosted within the Data Lab in the Research, Data, and Innovation department, which manages the review of all research products and promotes excellence in all of our open data initiatives.