Program Manager - E-Freight

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

Program Manager - E-Freight

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 250 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:

WRI India is seeking a Manager for the Sustainable Cities and Transport Program to support our work on decarbonizing freight. The project's objective is to develop a zero-emission tractor transition plan for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The outcome is to develop a transition framework for tractors used for agricultural purposes.

How your day will unfold:
• Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with relevant stakeholders such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar governments such as transport, agriculture, environmental departments, major agri district senior policy makers, e-tractor OEMs; farmer associations, agriculture experts.
• Engage in consultations with officials from the UP and Bihar governments, industry stakeholders, OEMs, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Develop strategies for outreach, achieving goals and monitoring progress for adoption of e-tractors.
• Oversee preparation of different types of collateral like reports, slide decks, etc.
• Oversee planning and management of events organized under the project like stakeholder convenings, webinars, exhibitions, etc.
• Work closely with cross-functional teams, ensuring alignment with project goals, timelines, and budget constraints.
• Participate in external workshops, discussions, and events to showcase thought leadership, increasing the organization's visibility.
• Generate literature pieces to enhance the organization’s ecosystem engagement and support the internal team’s knowledge building.

Qualifications and requirements we seek:

• Business degree or an equivalent master’s degree in Agricultural engineering with 7-10 techno-commercial years of experience for Tractors and Farm machinery organizations
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Experience in stakeholder engagement/industry interactions.
• Experience in or knowledge of freight transport (medium and heavy-duty vehicles), urban supply chain, logistics policy, and capacity building.
• Familiarity with electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, or related technologies is advantageous.
• Demonstrated experience of working with the government, private sector, civic groups, and academic and research organizations.
• The candidate must be fluent in English and Hindi. Fluency in other regional languages will be an added advantage.
• Good writing and presentation skills. Quantitative and qualitative research capabilities are essential.
• The candidate must be able to work independently and contribute to the learning of the team.
• Proficiency in MS Office suite. Experience in spatial mapping, statistical programming languages and data visualization tools will be an added advantage.

Salary and Benefits: INR 15,00,000 to INR 18,00,000 CTC

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

Location: Lucknow / Patna, India

Duration: 1 year (Extendable based on performance and project requirements)

List of Documents to be attached:
  • Cover letter explaining how your academic background and skills meet the requirements of this position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing samples
  • Reports
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
Health & Nutrition: Personalized diet recommendation from a certified dietitian based on the physical health condition and lifestyle
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.