Associate Manager, FOLU

World Resources Institute
Full time Full day

Job Summary

In this role, you will provide strategic and operational support to the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU). Working collaboratively across the entire FOLU network, you will assist in advancing the FOLU Phase 2 agenda at the global and country-level. This unique opportunity involves working with some of the world's most prominent institutions and individuals in the fields of economics, agriculture, environment, health and nutrition.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI's office in London, UK once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

Your main areas of responsibility will include:

  • Coordinate FOLU meetings and events to maintain communication flows and facilitate collective decision-making (in collaboration with the FOLU Programme Director)

  • Facilitate in project planning and reporting processes, by drafting annual project plans and quarterly project reports

  • Track fundraising proposals and oversee project proposal preparation, and general donor stewardship

  • Prepare first drafts of grant reports and funding proposals

  • Schedule weekly FOLU management meetings, help set agenda, take and circulate notes, and ensure timely completion of follow-up actions

  • Make logistical preparations for quarterly FOLU management meetings

  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations and related materials

  • Perform ad hoc research as needed

  • Prepare FOLU newsletters with input from the FOLU team

  • Support the project team on other administrative matters such as travel arrangement, report publication, and other events and communications

You will be based in London at WRI (FOLU's PMO) and will interact closely with FOLU's Core Partners

Job Qualifications

  • Master's Degree required (or a Bachelor's degree with two additional years of experience)

  • Minimum of 3 years' experience within government and/or private sector coordinating programme management and/or multi-stakeholder initiatives

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Self-motivated, entrepreneurial style with strong track record coordinating complex projects and teams across multiple geographic locations

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including across academic, public policy and the private sectors

  • Relationship management skills in various cultural contexts

  • Ability to help ensure large projects execute on schedule, on budget and in compliance with all policies and standards on donor partners

  • Full fluency in written English with excellent writing skills

  • Legally able to work in UK

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) is a self-governed Coalition of organisations and individuals working collaboratively to achieve a shared objective: the urgent transformation of food and land use systems to deliver a better future for people, nature and climate. FOLU supports science-based solutions and helps to build a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to unlock collective, ambitious action.

FOLU's Growing Better report recommends an integrated reform agenda along ten critical transitions to deliver positive outcomes for environment, health, inclusive development and food security, ensuring food and land use systems support delivery of globally agreed sustainable development, climate and biodiversity goals.

FOLU's light-touch governance and adaptive management have enabled the FOLU community to grow and evolve since FOLU's inception in 2017. The Coalition's collective leadership is provided by a Core Partners Group comprised of: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), EAT, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SYSTEMIQ, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Through the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, FOLU has expert teams and networks in 18 countries, including the European Union. FABLE is a knowledge network that supports countries develop data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land use and food systems. FOLU country platforms are operating in: China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Colombia, with partner networks in Australia, the UK and the Nordic region.

FOLU's Ambassador network is co-chaired by Shenggen Fan, Agnes Kalibata and Paul Polman. They are international, senior leaders who engage decision-makers at the global and national level to drive change in one or more FOLU countries.

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.

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 orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran 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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