TAI Secretariat Vacancy Announcement

By Carrie McKee (Posted: October 3, 2012)

The World Resources Institute seeks an Associate/Senior Associate for The Access Team. The Access Team serves as the Global Secretariat for the Access Initiative (TAI). The Access Initiative is the world’s largest network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that communities have the right and ability to influence decisions that affect the natural resource they depend on. TAI works on strengthening freedom of information laws; strengthening participation in environmental impact assessment and policy decisions on natural resources and opening courts and tribunals to serve the public in cases of environmental harm. The Team also services a number of new initiatives on climate adaptation, supporting regional developments on procedural rights, access to information for public health and the environment and access to information in Africa.


The Associate/Senior Associate will:

• Design, conduct, and manage new research on the intersection of transparency, participation, and accountability in diverse issues from land, pollution, extraction of natural resources to climate change

• Help develop new lines of research and initiatives in support of TAI project activities including use of information technology to promote open government.

• Directly support NGO partners in developing countries and transition economies in carrying out training, research, and evidence-based advocacy

• Play a principal role in managing projects within countries to promote the objectives of TAI and deepening the Access Initiative network

• Represent TAI in various arenas including in international and inter -governmental meetings

• Provide support to the TAI Director and Coordinator in administering and managing TAI project activities, including the development of work plans, budgets, funding proposals, donor reports, and internal WRI reporting

• Supervise the work of TAI project interns and fellows

Additional Qualifications:

• Demonstrated ability to apply diverse research methods (qualitative, quantitative)

• Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills

• At least three years (for Associate) or five years (for Senior Associate) of experience in capacity-building for NGOs in developing countries with field experience preferred

• A Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant research field (e.g. political science, law, or environmental studies)

• Demonstrated passion for issues of democracy, human rights, and environment

• Ability to travel extensively - up to 30% of your time

• Language skills preferred; fluency in Spanish or French desired

• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams of individuals with widely diverse educational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds

• Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask and to prioritize between competing issues.


Qualified applicants should apply online at www.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

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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