World Resources Institute is hiringUX/UI Designer, Data Lab

Full TimeUI/UX Design$30,000 - $60,000 USD
Posted 9d ago

This is a hybrid position with an average of 8 days per month in the office. You can be based in our WRI Europe office in London or The Hague. This is a 12-month fixed-term role with the potential to extend.


About the Program:


The Data Lab exists to inspire and fuel data innovation, product development, and technical infrastructure for World Resources Institute (WRI) and our community. We work with our partners to use advances in data and technology to improve lives, protect nature, and ensure just transitions. The Data Lab is composed of WRI’s core Engineering, Product, and Data teams and supports a wide network of quantitative researchers, data scientists and policy analysts embedded across the organization. About some of the products you will work on: TerraMatch, Land and Carbon Lab. Through its online platform, the TerraMatch team identifies the world’s best locally-led tree-growing organizations, screens their project proposals according to industry-leading criteria, and provides them with technical assistance to improve their impact. For projects that successfully raise capital from TerraMatch’s associated funds, the team tracks their progress over time by deploying innovative monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) techniques. The Land & Carbon Lab is an innovation platform for geospatial data and monitoring of the world’s land and nature-based carbon. We harness breakthroughs in geospatial monitoring to help governments, businesses, and communities worldwide deploy solutions for sustainable landscapes on the ground.


Job Highlight:


Reporting to the Senior Product Manager, Product Studio, you will collaborate across our environmental software products (TerraMatch, Land & Carbon Lab and others). Working with development agencies, program partners, and the Data Lab, you'll design user experiences that are useful, usable, beautiful, and impactful. You'll champion human-centered design and support our move to in-house software design. 


What will you do:


UX research and design foundations (80%):


  • Collaborate with product managers and stakeholders to understand user needs and pain points through user research

  • Craft user journeys and sitemaps to optimize product flow and identify potential UX issues

  • Translate research and data into clear and visually compelling interfaces for TerraMatch, Land & Carbon Lab, and other key Data Lab products. Crafting purposeful and intuitive interfaces

  • Craft meticulous UI mock-ups and prototypes in Figma that clearly illustrate how our scientific geospatial tools function and look

  • Ensure brand consistency across all software products

  • Collaborate with product managers and Research, Data and Impact to learn about, document and uphold WRI’s research integrity standards as these relate to user interfaces

  • Stay up-to-date on design trends and best practices in the environmental software space.


Champion WRI’s design standards and user-centered design principles (20%):


  • Prepare and present your design drafts to internal teams and key stakeholders for feedback and implementation

  • Partner with development agencies and internal teams to ensure successful execution of your designs

  • Advocate for a user-centered design approach within the Data Lab

  • Own and maintain the design systems for TerraMatch, Land & Carbon Lab, collaborating with the wider WRI Design Standards working group

  • Support WRI's transition to in-house software design and development.


What will you need:


  • Education: You have completed a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or 3 additional years of experience

  • Experience: You have 3+ years of full-time working experience in UX/UI Design with a portfolio that displays your expertise, attention to detail and thought process 

  • 1+ years of experience designing with Figma

  • Experience creating wireframes, flow diagrams, storyboards, mock-ups, and prototypes to show your design solutions

  • Experience implementing and working with a design system and component libraries

  • Demonstrable knowledge of UX principles and best practices

  • Experience delivering designs which align with client brand vision and stakeholders’ aesthetic standards

  • Some experience conducting user research

  • Experience with map-based interfaces and scientific data applications is desired

  • Languages: You have verbal and written proficiency in English

  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to support visa work authorization.


Potential Salary: 


If based in the UK: 38,000 – 45,000 GBP. 

If based in the Netherlands: 49,000 – 58,000


Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.


How to Apply:


Please submit a resume with a cover letter and portfolio by the date of 2 June 2024.


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


What we offer:


  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US

  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities

  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work

  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI

  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours

  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.


About Us:


Founded in 1982, 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 to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.


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.


Our mission and values:


WRI’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.


Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence and Respect.


Our culture:


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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment; we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

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