GIS Research Assistant, Energy Access Explorer, WRI India

GIS Research Assistant, Energy Access Explorer, WRI India

This is full-time, limited-term position for six months. You can be located in any of our worldwide offices, but you must have legal work authorization in the country of which you will work.

WRI Overview
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. 

Job Summary
This position represents a unique opportunity for you to learn from one of WRI’s high impact initiatives to improve how we create, publish, analyze, visualize, and share data to advance sustainable development. In this role, you will join a team of highly motivated individuals, including members of WRI’s senior leadership, to support data and analytical work to link energy access and socio-economic development. More specifically, you will work on advancing WRI’s integrated geospatial energy planning work and the enhancement of Energy Access Explorer, an online, open, collaborative platform of actionable data to facilitate access to energy in unserved and underserved areas. In addition, you will carry out GIS based modelling assignments and develop further Energy Access Explorer by incorporating spatial data layers on demand (such as demographics and socio-economic activities), supply (such as energy resource availability and infrastructure), environment and access to finance among other.

To ensure the platform reflects user needs, you will build on and expand our engagements with key international partners and local stakeholders.

WRI is committed to promote gender and social inclusion across our program portfolios. As such, you will support the collection and integration of relevant geospatial data into the Energy Access Explorer.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at one of our WRI’s offices once restrictions have lifted.

How to Apply
Please provide a cover letter with resume. Writing samples may be requested as we advance in the interview process. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Energy Program Overview
WRI’s vision is for clean energy to be available, affordable and accessible for all the world’s people. Our projects and partnerships make the demand for clean energy visible and actionable. We focus on:
(1) mobilizing large energy users such as business and governments to purchase renewable electricity and pursue efficient, zero carbon buildings; (2) shifting and implementing new planning, policies and utility governance to speed deployment of clean and renewable electricity; and
(3) improving energy access by identifying and matching unmet demand for energy services, including new finance and clean energy business models to improve development outcomes.

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