Grants and Finance Specialist II

  • World Resource Institute
  • Washington, DC
  • Mar 08, 2023
Full time Financial Corporate Finance Financial Analyst Accounting Finance

Job Description

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.  

About the Program:

WRI develops practical solutions that improve people's lives and ensures that nature can survive. The Food, Forest, Water, and Ocean program seeks to shift the world toward safeguarding and maintaining natural ecosystems while enhancing the socioeconomic conditions of the communities they work within. The program consist of project teams under the umbrella of the four pillars, along with cross matrixed work between the pillars and other programs across the sisterhood of the organization and it's international offices.

Job Highlight:

You will work with colleagues within each of the four pillars of FFWO to provide grants and contract, and financial management, for a diverse portfolio. This will include partnering with multiple project managers to develop and manage grants and contracts, develop budgets for new proposals, update project budgets, prepare financial and program narrative reports, process invoices, and manage subawards. You will work with the FFWO Operations team and other Grants and Finance Specialist within each pillar of FFWO; and with WRI’s central finance teams including the cost and pricing team, grants and contracts team, and accounting team. You will report to the FFWO Global Operations Manager. What will you do: Contract and Subagreement Management (40%):

  • Draft and build contracts and subgrants with partners and contractors

  • Process invoices and payments for projects in compliance with WRI’s policies (subgrants, consultancies, work orders, etc.)

  • Monitor partners to ensure accurate submission of progress and financial reports

  • Assist project managers in ensuring compliance with all grants and contracts, detailed government grant requirements

Financial Planning and Administration (40%):

  • Prepare annual budgets and budgets for all new proposals and grants

  • Manage the individual project budgets throughout the year with project managers and FFWO operational staff

  • Review and track monthly expenses and staff labor hours, using WRI’s budgeting and forecasting software

  • Prepare detailed financial reports to funders and ensure that progress reports are submitted promptly

Project Management (20%):

  • Support monitoring and tracking of project deliverables to ensure that they are submitted within the period of performance

  • Communicate with Operations staff, International Office staff, Core Communications and partners in other program/centers to problem solve and create solutions to systemic issues ways to complete tasks

  • Work directly with funder to request and submit Prime award amendments, payment requests, and other funder related needs

  • Track funding opportunities and record information in on-line tracking systems

  • Assist the FFWO Senior and Global Operation Managers as needed to manage the portfolio of the program

What will you need:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (Business Administration, Financial Management, or other related discipline)

  • Experience and interest in program operations, grant compliance, financial management, and budgeting

  • 3+ years of relevant work experience, in financial and budget management

  • Deadline-oriented

  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues to partners and contractors

  • Process orientation

    Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based.

Potential salary: 

The salary range for this position is 69,000 USD - 78,000 USD. Salary is determined by experience and other compensable factors.  

How to Apply:   Please submit a resume withcoverletterby March 10th, 2023.Applicants mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

What we offer: 

  • A competitive salary 
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the United States. 
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission-driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities. 
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work. 
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI. 
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.  


Founded in 1982,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 to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, aswell as a growing presence in other countries and regions.    

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. 

mission and values: 

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. 

Our valuesare shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.   

Our culture: 

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.We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities,Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply.Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRIhasalsobeen awarded EDGE certification.  

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.



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$69,000- $78,000