Program Associate – Urban Resilience, WRI India

Program Associate – Urban Resilience, WRI India

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. 

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 an urban design Program Associate position to advance our urban resilience work in Mumbai leveraging nature-based solutions for effective flood and heat risk mitigation. The project entails working in vulnerable communities in Mumbai identifying opportunities for low-cost & low-maintenance NBS for climate resilience, and in the process, building community adaptive capacities. The selected candidate will assist in the progress and implementation of the solutions on ground. The individual will conduct field work, assist to 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 nature based solutions as part of their urban resilience and disaster mitigation plans and strategies. The urban resilience projects that you will be involved in, in Mumbai, will help further these goals. 

How your day will unfold: 

The selected candidate will support the Sustainable Cities program at WRI India with the following: 

  • Coordinate with relevant government agencies to obtain required data 
  • Assist in organizing and conducting 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 
  • Assist in coordinating with the partner organizations or organizations working on the ground 
  • Assist the research team working to develop subnational climate action strategies and data-driven pathways 
  • Support in preparation of technical reports for the assignment including data collection, conduct surveys, compilation, analysis and develop presentations. 

Qualifications and requirements we seek: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in the related field of urban planning, urban design, environmental planning, sustainable development etc. 
  • 1-4 years of experience in the field of urban design 
  • Demonstrated experience of working in Indian cities on urban adaptation and community based adaptation projects  
  • 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 
  • Proficiency in Marathi is a plus. 

Salary and Benefits: 6,50,000 to 7,50,000 CTC PA

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Duration: 6 Months (Extendable based on performance and project requirements)

Location: Mumbai, India 

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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.

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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.



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