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 inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited 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.  

WRI’s Forest Program works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations. We aim to curb deforestation worldwide and help restore and reforest already-cleared land. With these goals in mind, the Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative makes the best available data for monitoring forests accessible online. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. Commodities & Finance Recognizing that the agricultural industry is essential for human well-being yet is often associated with tropical deforestation, GFW Commodities and Finance focuses on developing applied monitoring solutions for commodity supply chains. With the recent launch of GFW Pro, companies, financial institutions and other entities can now securely monitor and manage for deforestation risk in areas they buy from or invest in.

In this role, you will take Commodities and Finance work to the next phase of discovery, design and development. You will lead the prioritization and implementation process for GFW Pro user interface design and development based on user’s needs. This involves the eliciting, collating, distilling, and prioritizing of user’s feedback and provide clear roadmaps for design and development. You will lead our subject matter expert (SME) teams through prioritization sessions for new functionality or methodologies to ensure users’ needs are met and create clear terms of reference for designers, data and technology teams and developers to work from.

You will report to the Co-lead of the Commodities and Finance Program and Product and Applied Solutions Manager and will manage the Product and Applied Solutions Specialist.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Lead delivery of GFW Pro user interface-related product lifecycle, ensuring project completion and coordination across internal and external matrixed teams
  • Manage against contracts, budgets, and project plans for existing functionality improvements, new functionality builds, and integration of new data methodologies
  • Create, facilitate, and execute “discovery” processes to establish a prioritized and validated product roadmap based on qualitative and quantitative evidence, to improve delivered software
  • Coordinate with the GFW Commodities and Finance strategic solutions lead on discovery processes around GFW Pro strategic proof-of-concept projects
  • Develop new intelligence on users, analysis and tracking usage of GFW Pro
  • Drive growth hacking within the GFW Commodities and Finance team
  • Work with GFW Commodities and Finance regional engagement team members to distil context-specific product use cases, and to ensure feedback is included in the development prioritization process
  • Contribute to GFW Commodities and Finance funding proposals and grant reports providing content on and responding to questions related the overseen work streams
  • Establish project plans that support the work of product and technical managers strategic integration processes across WRI and Global Forest Watch integration into team-wide data pipeline for existing and new datasets, with the goal of creating a more integrated and confederated suite of Applications
  • Supervise GFW Pro Product and Applied Solution Specialist, overseeing user onboarding, technical support, development of user support materials, and application-wide process and procedure maintenance
Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Information Technology, Business, Environmental Studies, or related with an interest in Commodity and Finance (or a bachelor's degree with 2 years of additional work experience)
  • Minimum of 3 years highly relevant professional experience with project management experience
  • People management experience preferred
  • Ability to effectively work across matrixed teams (product. marketing and sales) 
  • Interest in mission-oriented work with a global environmental NGO
  • US work authorization is required
Potential Salary: $71,000 - $93,000
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 


  • Location:
    Washington DC
  • Salary:
    , Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.
  • Deadline: n/a


Minimum qualifications