World Resources Institute (WRI)

Research Analyst (Economics Center)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description


As a Research Analyst I, you will support the work of the Economic Center’s economists across various areas of research and Analysis including: 1) the economics of Climate Change mitigation and deep decarbonization; 2) investment in and impacts of the Clean Energy transition; 3) restoration of natural systems; natural infrastructure; and 4) circular economy, among others. Your work will be done in close collaboration with interdisciplinary teams from across WRI’s core programs (Climate, Energy, Food, Forests, Water and Oceans) and Centers. Your tasks will include: research (literature searches and synthesis); identifying, collecting and analyzing data; conducting quantitative and Economic Analysis; developing communication materials (e.g., graphics, slide decks); and administrative support of proposals, projects, and Center initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support senior economists with research, literature reviews, analysis, writing Data Visualization and similar inputs to reports, blogs, presentations, and other knowledge products

  • Conduct research and analysis on climate, energy and natural resource economics and policy

  • Collect and evaluate datasets (e.g., energy use by sector, forest cover) and conduct data and other quantitative analysis using Excel and other tools (e.g., R). Develop graphics and data visualization products

  • Contribute to WRI knowledge products (e.g. reports, blogs, issue briefs, data products, decision-support tools)

  • Organize internal and external meetings, workshops, trainings, and other relevant stakeholder engagement, Capacity Development and research dissemination activities

  • Co-author 1-2 blogs or other communication materials per year

  • Assist in program and project management work as needed

  • Support funder management

  • Contribute to research proposals

  • Support other activities as needed

Job Qualifications

  • One+ years of relevant, full-time experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, Data Science or related fields; master's degree preferred

  • Excellent research and writing skills (e.g., conducting literature reviews; synthesizing research findings, supporting and authoring blogs, working papers, reports; etc.)

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analysis skills

  • Proficiency in Excel and experience with Data Analysis and interpretation

  • Experience with statistical software (e.g., R or Stata) preferred

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Detail-oriented and highly organized

  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office

  • Ability to work well in a team, manage time and multiple priorities, take initiative, and deliver under tight deadlines. Take on new challenges as required

  • Fluency in written and spoken English; proficiency in other languages an asset

  • US work authorization is required. WRI cannot provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

How to Apply

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

Program Overview

WRI’s Economics Center uses an economics lens to analyze problems and solutions at the intersection of environment and human well-being. We conduct in-depth economic assessments of deep decarbonization strategies, impacts of the clean energy transition, the value of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and services, and the impact of climate vulnerability for communities and their livelihoods and more. We develop tools and guidance to help decision-makers understand the economic and social trade-offs of investing in and protecting our climate system, natural habitats and resources, and human livelihoods.

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 in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as 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.

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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