World Resources Institute (WRI)

Project Specialist (Cities Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description

This role provides the opportunity to partner with and learn from sustainable mobility and urban development experts, and key stakeholders around the world. In this role, you will provide administrative, project Coordination and research support to ongoing sustainable transport programs in Kampala related to road safety, urban development and planning, public transport, non-motorized transport and urban Design. Your range of responsibilities include organization of events, workshops, staff visits, and external meetings, as well as research or project support as needed and as time permits. Job Responsibilities Project Management
  • Support coordination of activities of the Cities program at WRI Africa including support to the cities Program Manager and cities project manager on implementation of the annual work plan

  • Organize internal and external conferences, meetings, events and other activities related to sustainable mobility, road safety and innovative mobility solutions

  • Liaise with WRI staff globally to support the Cities program in Africa and particularly Kampala

  • Support the WRI Africa operations on work related to the Cities program in Africa, including reporting, budgeting, and as needed with the global and other country offices

  • Help coordinate visits of international staff to Kampala and other travel activity of partners

  • Process and execute project commitments through contracts, purchase orders etc

Research & Knowledge
  • Provide Technical Support on projects related to road safety and innovative mobility solutions to city governments, local partners including academic institutions and non-governmental organizations, and community groups

  • Conduct research on public transport Mapping, sustainable and innovative mobility solutions, and road safety issues related to projects of WRI Africa

  • Identify tools and applications that would be useful for transport planning and development of innovative mobility solutions that improve overall mobility and find potential links with local universities or other organizations

  • Support WRI Africa Cities program activities, particularly in select African cities on sustainable urban mobility, road safety, accessibility, public transport and paratransit network mapping, integrated transport planning and climate-friendly urban mobility policies

  • Provide content for WRI communications activities, including blogs, newsletters and the WRI Africa website

  • Support development of reports to city governments, funders and others on WRI activities

  • Prepare presentations and written and graphic content to presentations and reports

Grants and Financial Management
  • Coordinate project funding and budgets, support for draft grant proposals

  • Prepare and send donor and project/grant status reports

Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in transport planning/engineering, or urban/regional planning or design with a focus on transportation

  • Minimum of 2 years of full-time relevant work experience; nonprofit preferred

  • Demonstrable previous experience or research and enthusiasm regarding sustainable urban mobility – urban public transport and innovation, road safety, non-motorized transport or sustainable cities

  • Understanding of institutions and government agencies in Kampala, Uganda and the larger African region. Local and/or regional experience is desirable

  • Experience managing events

  • Full fluency in English; fluency in Luganda or other local dialect is desirable

  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, juggle multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines

  • Detail-oriented, organized and independent thinker

  • Interest in working in a fast-paced, results oriented nonprofit environment

How to Apply Cover letter and CV is required. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. WRI Overview World Resources Institute(WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: Climate Change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and Analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact. We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited Statesas well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.
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