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Deputy to Vice-President of Science and Research

Washington, DC
United States

The position is located at WRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC and reports to the Vice-President for Science and Research (VPSR). It is newly created in response to significant growth in the size of WRI’s research programs and demands on the VPSR. The successful applicant will play a key role in helping the VPSR ensure that WRI’s research products meet high standards of excellence by ensuring they are based on sound science and/or data analysis and supported by influence strategies capable of advancing WRI’s objectives.

This position is a part-time position with benefits and will work an equivalancy of 0.6 of a full-time position. On average the Deputy of Vice President of Science and Research will work 22 - 25 hours weekly.

Play a key role with VPSR in promoting high standards of excellence in WRI’s research products and ensure they are capable of generating significant outcomes • Oversee the peer review process for draft publications, provide feedback to authors on how to strengthen their work, and help guide the revision process, interacting with reviewers and authors as needed • Review publication influence plans and provide early input/feedback to authors on producing effective, rigorous, groundbreaking content for their publications. • Guide staff on how to be effective peer reviewers • Provide support to WRI’s Programs on the peer review process for working papers Help mentor staff in planning and implementing policy research • Provide support, advice, and guidance on policy research, data interpretation and analytical issues to research staff • Assist staff in identifying colleagues and external experts if area of work is not in own field of expertise • Help organize periodic workshops on research methodologies e.g., effective presentation and use of data, quantitative analysis and other research methods of interest to staff. • Provide advice on the feasibility and conceptual rigor of proposed research in major funding proposals Help stimulate the intellectual and creative life of the Institute • Organize seminars by internal and external staff such as monthly seminars, publication clinics and discussion forums • Convene staff around issues that cross-cut programs • Conduct periodic evaluations of completed research products • Review scientific journals for findings relevant to WRI’s work; keep staff abreast of latest science

Advanced degree or PhD in a quantitative discipline such as science or economics • Minimum 8+ years of experience in conducting policy research on environment and development issues. • Track record of producing and overseeing high quality research. • Superb quantitative, conceptual and analytical skills as well as a results-oriented outlook • Demonstrated ability in mentoring staff • Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment in a collegial fashion as part of a team with little hierarchy • Excellent writing skills in English • International experience a strong preference • A record of significant publications and project management • Someone who derives satisfaction from helping others to succeed • Must be willing to work part-time

Apply online at http://www.wri.org/jobs


Washington, DC
United States