Financial Coordinator, Forest & Landscape Restoration

The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a financial and administrative coordinator to monitor and facilitate all financial and donor reporting aspects of the Global Forest and Landscape Restoration project (FLR) and to provide administrative support to the project team.

The FLR project seeks to mobilize forest and landscape restoration in at least five countries around the world, including Indonesia and Brazil, in order to improve human livelihoods and protect the environment. It is one of two new forest initiatives within WRI.

The financial management of this project is complex, with numerous sub-grants and research agreements, cost-share tracking across multiple project codes, detailed financial reporting and tracking obligations, and budgeting across numerous activities and staff, among other challenges. As the primary point of contract for all financial and administrative activities related to the FLR, the person hired for this position will be critical to the project’s ultimate success.


Maintain, monitor, and revise the project’s fiscal accounting and reporting systems and procedures in consultation with the project manager, operations manager, and WRI’s accounting department.

• Monitor all FLR contracts and process all payment requests for subgrants, research, and professional service agreements.

• Ensure the project complies with the funder’s financial reporting requirements, including tracking cost-share requirements, maintaining all receipts for expenses related to the FLR project, and other requirements as determined by the funder.

• Track expense reports for all members of the FLR project and work closely with WRI’s accounting department to ensure expenses are recorded properly.

• Comply with all internal WRI financial reporting, budgeting and contract processes, and deadlines.

• Prepare additional budgets and spreadsheets as requested/needed.

• Help plan and facilitate meetings and events.

• Carryout other administrative duties for the project as needed.


• Undergraduate degree, preferably in accounting, business, public administration, or a related field.

• 2-3 years of professional experience in an office environment.

• Strong interest in program/project administration and coordination.

• Experience with, or demonstrated aptitude for, financial management.

• Understanding of basic non-profit accounting principles and experience in developing, monitoring, and reporting on budgets.

• Experience with managing grants, subgrants, and contracts.

• Strong analytical capabilities and a high level of organization and attention to detail.

• Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands.

• Proficient with MS Excel, MS Word.

• Previous experience with financial software (Concur and Cognos8) highly desirable but will train the right person.

• Excellent oral and written English language skills.

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a larger team.

• Proficiency in a second language (German or Portuguese preferred) is a plus.


Commensurate with education, experience and position responsibilities. WRI offers a comprehensive benefits package.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As 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, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse ; with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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