Intern - Urban Transport, Cities Program, Bengaluru, Bengaluru

About WRI

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 six 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 and sustainable cities. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

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.

The World Resources Institute India (WRI India) is an Indian environmental organization with experts and staff who work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain a healthy environment – the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. WRI envisions an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources, and aspires to create a world where the actions of government, business, and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people.

WRI India aims to help solve the four most urgent challenges in India – rapid urbanization, the increasing demand for energy, responding to climate change and the large-scale degradation of natural resources. Over 75 experts and staff across three office locations – Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi – deliver these ambitious goals. WRI India is supported by WRI's international offices, to ensure that the global organization's experience can be brought to bear within the context of India. WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

About WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities India

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality. Global research and on-the-ground experience in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States combine to spur action that improves life for millions of people.

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works globally with city governments, multilateral partners and the private sector to achieve on-the-ground change while influencing local and national policy frameworks. We track the impact of our projects through five key performance indicators, which are updated annually.

The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.

Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Cities) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, we enable more connected, compact and coordinated cities.

About Bus Karo

WRI India's 'Bus Karo' programme is designed to engage with the State transport Undertakings (STUs) and other stakeholders to deliberate technical issues that hinder the development of bus systems, build capacity and foster peer to peer learning. Under this programme WRI India conducts bi-annual workshops for city bus transport agencies. The workshops convene transport and urban experts, regulators, and officials from bus operating agencies to promote knowledge-sharing for effective urban public transport services.

'Bus Karo' focuses on creating modern city bus services, infrastructure planning for buses including terminals and depots; driver training and fuel efficiency; bus feeder service redesign, branding of city bus services, integrated public transport services, use of Intelligent Transport Systems in city bus service, data analytics and reforms in bus based public transport amongst other aspects of city bus service.

The program has 3 components:

  • Policy Reforms: WRI India though workshop series convenes national and state governments, public and private bus operating agencies, experts, citizens, manufacturers, technology vendors and media, to discuss various aspects of city bus services and to provide capacity building trainings.
  • Technical Assistance: It involves providing technical assistance to bus operating agencies on implementing pilot projects that aim to improve the city bus systems through performance monitoring and service optimization.
  • Knowledge Sharing: It is aimed to develop and disseminate communication material on Indian and international best practices on city bus operations through publications, blogs, articles etc.

Position Overview

The position is in WRI's India office, based in Bengaluru, India. The position will directly report to the Manager Transport in Bengaluru. The successful applicant will play a significant role in helping WRI's Cities and Transport Programs specifically in areas of operational efficiency, safety, use of telematics applications under the 'Bus Karo' Program.


  • Assist in statistical analyses of public transport operations data and other public datasets.
  • Able to synthesize literature review and survey of best practices and methodologies in the discipline and industry.
  • Support efforts to communicate about Bus Karo work, including analytical content to non-technical audiences.
  • Willingness to travel for short periods to case study cities (usually in South India) to collect data, information and sometimes interview external stakeholders.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in geography, business, public policy, economics, sociology, psychology, computer science, statistics, or urban planning. Candidates with degrees in economics, business, sociology, psychology, computer science, and statistics, must demonstrate an interest in cities and transportation. Master's degree in the said areas would be a huge advantage.
  • Proficiency with any geographic information systems (GIS) software is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent academic performance and strong analytical capability including prior experience processing large data sets is preferred. Proficiency with common statistics packages –SPSS, R, or similar – would reduce the learning curve on the current projects.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts clearly both orally and in writing, with excellent demonstrated skills in English.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; experience managing complex processes or projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build a strong network of professional relationships.
  • Comfort working with staff at all levels of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and to juggle multiple assignments with little supervision.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

Location: Bengaluru, India

Duration : 6 months

To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose. Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.

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 preference, parental 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.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018