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Position: Senior associate, International Financial Flows and Environment (IFFE) Project
Location: United States of America ( The ), Washington
The World Resources Institute (www.wri.org) is seeking a Senior Associate to lead the Brazil component of its work on emerging actors in development finance within its International Financial Flows and Environment Project (IFFE). Through research, analysis and advocacy, the IFFE project seeks to direct international financial flows towards more environmentally and socially sustainable investments. The IFFE project is housed in WRI’s Institutions and Governance Program, which works with partners in civil society and government to improve the transparency and accountability of institutions entrusted with environmental decision-making.
The IFFE project focuses on those international financial institutions (IFIs) that have been particularly influential in shaping international capital flows in environmentally and socially sensitive sectors. These have traditionally included Multilateral Development Banks, such as the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and large private financial institutions, including those that have adopted the Equator Principles. However, major emerging economies, such as China and Brazil are increasingly influencing the landscape of international investments by providing funding for high impact projects in environmentally and socially sensitive sectors. IFFE’s research, analysis and outreach strategies prompt MDBs and IFIs to more systematically incorporate environmental and social standards and climate change considerations into their mainstream lending practices. IFFE seeks to ensure that leading IFIs contribute to global climate mitigation while continuing to apply strong environmental and social safeguard policies in each investment.
The Senior Associate will lead IFFE’s Brazil-focused work on emerging actors in development finance, including leading research and analysis on BNDES and other international lending institutions in Brazil. He/she will advance and further develop IFFE’s project level strategies and WRI’s institute wide strategies on how to shift international financial flows to support sustainable development. Specific responsibilities include:
Author and publish new research on the impact of Brazilian overseas investments
Conduct outreach and coordinate research to influence debates on environmental and social standards at Brazilian financial institutions
Lead the work around case studies that explore on-the-ground impacts of investment projects in recipient countries
Develop working relationships with NGOs, academic leaders, private sector interested in sustainable finance issues in Brazil and in countries where investments are made
Identify opportunities and implement influence strategies for improving standards and safeguards at BNDES and other relevant financial institutions
Provide leadership, creative direction and oversight to project researcher/s and interns
Collaborate with staff within the Institutions and Governance Program, and in other WRI programs with Brazil-related activities
Serve as the expert on emerging actors in development finance for other WRI projects and staff
Represent the project at high level external events
Lead fund-raising for the emerging actors work focused on Brazil
A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent research and writing skills in English and Portugese and the ability to work effectively in teams. Required qualifications include:
Graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as development economics, Brazilian studies, international finance, public policy, or environmental law or policy
At least 5 years relevant work experience
Proficiency in Portuguese required
Excellent writing and research skills
Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
Willingness to travel
Professional and/or research experience in one or more of the following topic areas is essential:
Finance and Investment, particularly in terms of national financial institutions;
Extensive experience and knowledge of Brazil preferred
Environmental and social policies and practice of one or more of the above mentioned IFIs, including Multilateral Development Banks such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Additionally, the candidate will report to the IFFE Project Manager.
Salary is commensurate with academic and professional qualifications and experience.
Qualified applicants should apply online through the link above or at www.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online in order to be formally considered.
The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org/wri) is an environmental research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives.
The World Resources Institute is 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, gender, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.
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