About the Organization:
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. Their work focuses on building sustainable and liveable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.
Position: Senior Associate-Mapping and monitoring, Sustainable Landscape and Restoration
WRI India seeks a Senior Associate for coordinating landscape implementation work housed in the Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration program in India. As part of this program, WRI India is looking to recruit an experienced consultant with an advanced degree in remote sensing and GIS and at least seven years of full-time, relevant post-study work experience. The position holder’s principal responsibilities will include supporting and strengthening the spatial research aspects in the ongoing workstreams to enable building strong cross-sectoral networks for implementing restoration interventions and developing monitoring and evaluating systems.
The candidate is expected to bring research and communication skills and be comfortable with interdisciplinary, inter-programmatic, geographically dispersed teams. In addition, s/he will be expected to contribute to the fullest possible extent in all program activities, including fund-raising, convening partners and stakeholders, identifying and recruiting talent, and day-to-day management tasks. The position is most suited to an individual willing to take on the challenge of a new, fast-growing, and developing work program. Please note that the position holder must be willing to travel, including in remote areas with difficult terrain.
Research: developing science-based solutions for planning, implementing, and monitoring restoration (75%)
- Strengthening the ongoing restoration opportunity assessment through GIS and remote sensing data and stakeholder inputs, restoration opportunity at national, state, and landscape levels. This also involves an analysis of scientific (bio-physical, social, and economic) evidence, as well as experiences of ongoing and past restoration programs along with best practices.
- Strengthening ongoing restoration monitoring and evaluation research with ways that leverage emerging technology, global knowledge as well as WRI’s assets and tools.
- Producing high-quality knowledge products (maps and technical notes, infographics, working papers, reports, issue briefs, and so on) that encapsulate research findings and communicate these to diverse audiences for influencing restoration policy and practice.
Partnership building, communications, and Program management (25%)
- Communicating research findings in diverse formats (blogs, policy briefs presentations) suitable for stakeholders in government, private, and non-government sectors, focusing on influencing policy and practice.
- Support in convening multi-stakeholder consultative groups for extending the research and impact of WRI’s analysis and solutions.
- Coordination and support for building and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders, including governments, research organizations, and universities, civil society organizations for implementing and scaling landscape restoration in India.
- Project planning, monitoring and reporting
- Participating in shaping of a collegial, quality-driven, and professional program of work.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Masters degree (or Ph.D.) in remote sensing and GIS with its applications to work on forestry, restoration, land use planning and management in India.
- Demonstrated experience of applying GIS for land use planning and management, including through participatory and citizen science approaches.
- Knowledge of data science techniques and coding, R, Python, etc. essential
- At least seven years post-study full time, research experience relating to forest ecosystems.
- Demonstrated experience of working in interdisciplinary teams.
- Demonstrated skills of engaging in participatory approaches and high levels of comfort in working with scientific data and local knowledge.
- Knowledge of international development, global forestry, landscape restoration, and climate policy issues is necessary.
- Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in conversation and writing, including professional quality writing for policy and communications products. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential.
- Ability to take the initiative, brainstorm, think creatively, juggle multiple priorities, and work under pressure with tight deadlines. The candidate must be willing to try new approaches and ideas and be innovative.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others; to demonstrate flexibility in fulfilling.