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Project Lead - Climate Action Plan

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Project Lead - Climate Action Plans

Who we are and what we do?

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, non-profit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on building sustainable and livable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, World Resources Institute puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.
WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

Program Overview for Sustainable Cities and Transport
At WRI India Ross Center we focus on 10 integrated solutions to urban challenges. Through applied research, tools, hands-on advice, and by tapping our network of global experts, we accelerate transformative urban initiatives that have the power to change Indian cities into thriving, equitable and low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.
Working at WRI India Ross Center offers you the unique opportunity to learn and grow as you collaborate with a diverse set of change agents across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. As India’s biggest urban focused think and do tank, we seek thoughtful, enterprise-minded and sensitive individuals who can help us support this transformation and make a positive difference to citizens’ everyday lives.

About your role:

The WRI India Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities is seeking to fill a full-time position to advance city climate action planning work in Maharashtra. Maharashtra state is committed to support the transition of 43 million plus cities towards sustainable, resilient, and net-zero pathways to align with Government of India’s net zero targets for 2070.
The selected candidate will lead this initiative at the state level addressing systemic gaps around capacity deficits, institutional and governance arrangements, projectization, and innovative financing. The selected candidate will lead the progress and implementation of the plan in terms of institutional and financial planning mechanisms. The individual will liaise with government departments, agencies, co-ordinate with local institutions and partners, and work closely with staff from WRI India and consortium partners.
WRI globally, has deep experience in the urban development sector and is widely recognized as a leader in promoting sustainable cities. Currently, WRI India is supporting various government and private agencies to promote low carbon climate resilient development in Indian cities, ensuring decarbonization that is ‘just’ and ‘inclusive’.

How your day will unfold:

The selected candidate will support the Sustainable Cities program at WRI India with the following:
• Lead relationships with city and State leadership, administrative heads, relevant line departments/ agencies/ parastatal organizations/ CSOs/ NGOs/ local media/ local research institutes in India for various deliverables under the project.
• Lead the project team and coordinate project deliverables, laisse with relevant government agencies to obtain required data.
• Provide thought leadership on embedded state-wide climate action work, share knowledge on internal and external platforms.
• Lead, organize and conduct stakeholders’ consultations to invite inputs; participate in all external and/or internal meetings and stakeholders’ consultations from time to time and provide inputs, as necessary.
• Strengthen partnerships with peer organizations, and partners working on the ground.
• Frequently travel to project relevant cities across Maharashtra for all important milestone events during the process
• Supervise / assist the research team working to develop subnational climate action strategies and data-driven pathways.Prepare technical reports for the assignment including data collection, conduct surveys, compilation, analysis and develop presentations.
• Advocate for effective climate policies and regulations at the local and state levels.
• Facilitate collaborative design of projects that address climate challenges and community priorities, working with municipal governments/government departments, engineers, and citizen groups.
• Advocate for innovative approaches to mobilize urban climate finance.
Qualifications and Requirements we seek:
• Post-graduate in the related field of urban planning, energy, environment, climate change, sustainable development, environmental economics, etc.
• At least 10-15 years of sectoral experience in the field of climate change
• Demonstrated experience of working with sub-national governments in India on climate change Credible knowledge of Maharashtra state policies, programs, and key stakeholders
• Knowledge of relevant low-carbon policies and climate-resilient development in India
• Demonstrated experience in leading and/or contributing to interdisciplinary research projects on climate action, policy analysis, data collection and surveys, and other related work
• Strong communication skills, ability to liaise with government and other stakeholders - to collect data, communicate findings, and seek feedback iteratively
• Proficiency in quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
• Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner
• Ability to think creatively, work calmly and enthusiastically under pressure
• Strong understanding of urban finance and climate finance architecture is a plus.
• Marathi language proficiency is a requirement.
Salary and Benefits: INR 20,00,000 to INR 24,00,000 CTC
Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.
Duration: 2 Years (extendable based on performance and project requirements)

Location: Mumbai, India
Start Date: At the earliest

List of Documents to be attached:
  • Cover Letter (outlining your interest and suitability for the position)
  • Resume
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) @WRI India
WRI India values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our work and workforce. Integrating these values into our actions fosters a progressive and collaborative culture and can also enhance our impact. It is our responsibility to create a welcoming working environment for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experience to learn together. We are responsible for fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where questions, concerns and information about diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our ongoing dialogue and development.
Learn more about WRI India’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Click Here

People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do - from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.
Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits:
We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs
Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staff member
Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance
Health & Nutrition: Personalized diet recommendation from a certified dietitian based on the physical health condition and lifestyle
Flexible work schedule: Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job
Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities
Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.
Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.
Click here to know more about our benefits Careers | WRI INDIA (wri-india.org)
Equal employment @WRI India
We believe in equal employment, it is our policy to recruit, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to caste, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.