Who we are and what we do?
WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. WRI India’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. 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.
We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. Currently over 150 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Overview for Operations
WRI Operations team supports the crucial front-line work of the organization, they directly interact and work with Donors, Partners, Government agencies, Statutory bodies, Trustees, Vendors, and Consultants in fielding their inquiries, providing support at all the fronts and solving problems. So that the WRI programs can be implemented without any hurdles and the program staff and researchers can develop high quality research documents, plans and implement the programs at the field level.
WRI operations team consists of various functions such as Budget and Finance, Grants and Contracts, Legal Counsel, Human Resource, IT and Facilities management. Each role comes under the purview of operations and each function lead reports to the Director Operations and Director Operations report to the CEO of the Organization.
WRI Operations team strive for operational excellence across all functions starting with the recruitment, retention and management of WRI’s staff, our most important asset. We manage our endowment, the contributions entrusted to us, and our facilities in ways that are in line with our values and advance our mission. We maintain strict budgetary planning and financial controls to ensure that all contributions are managed in compliance with donors’ wishes.
About your role:
WRI India is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented and organized individual to support its operational and administrative activities. In this role, you will work on maintaining budgets for complex and multi-faceted grants, tracking expenditures, monitoring contracts and sub-agreements, event management, and other administrative, operational, and support tasks as needed.
How your day will unfold:
Financial Management (30%):
Update and maintain project budgets utilizing WRI’s budgeting and forecasting software (TM1)
Work closely with the Operations Manager to maintain the accuracy of budget forecasting and minimize variance from planned targets.
Actively coordinate and collaborate with the accounting team, payments team, HR and other program teams.
Coordinate with the program team for completion of timesheets, expense reporting, etc.
Coordinates with project teams to support their ad hoc financial expenditures for outreach, communication/engagement and delivery efforts
Ensures team compliance with terms and conditions of complex grant and contract agreements
Contracts Management (30%):
Process documentation for agreements, contracts, sub grants, work authorizations, and purchase orders;
Monitor performance against contract requirements;
Work with partners to help them understand and meet sub grant and contract requirements;
Maintain supporting reports throughout the duration of contracts and sub grants;
Process invoices and payments for partners in compliance with WRI’s policies;
Provides guidance to partner organizations and consultants to ensure their compliance with funder policies, while proactively and professionally communicating with partners and consultants.
Conference, Event & Travel Support (20% time)
Coordinate conference and event logistics for domestic and international workshops, including venue and catering, equipment/translators etc.;
Provide travel and visa support to the team;
Supports teams with financial management for conference and event logistics as needed, including participant travel
Administration (20% time)
Coordinates and schedules team meetings and assists in coordination of team’s annual planning processes
Update and maintain new hire staffing information with operations
Coordinate recruitment and manage onboarding of new staff members and interns, if needed;
Manage various program, department, and organizational trackers
Other duties may be assigned
Qualifications & requirements we seek:
Bachelor's degree in a related field (i.e. Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting)
Two+ years of relevant, full-time work experience, preferably in financial management, budgeting, administration, or nonprofit operations
Must be adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and have the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines
Attention to deadlines particularly with regard to grant compliance and monitoring sub grant and contract relationships
Strong process orientation with sensitivity to quality, timelines, and organizational systems
Strong writing, database management, and proofreading skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team
Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), web-based communications (Skype, Zoom), and CRM database (Salesforce).
Budgeting experience with Excel, or other budgeting software is highly desirable
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Salary and Benefits: 6,50,000 INR to 7,50,000 INR CTC Per annum
Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.
Duration:1 year as term hire (extendable based on performance and project requirements)
Location: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, India
Start date: As soon as possible
List of Documents to be attached:
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.
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
Digital healthcare service: Online doctor consultations for your primary healthcare needs
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.