International Institute for Sustainable Development is hiring a
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 200 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.
IISD’s Resilience Program is a multidisciplinary team of policy researchers and project managers who work with governments, civil society, communities, and businesses to help them manage climate- and conflict-related risks. Its work focuses on planning, people, and nature—preparing for a different or uncertain future, making sure different genders and social groups influence and benefit from investments in resilience, and harnessing the role of ecosystems to help communities manage risks. The Resilience Program undertakes this work in countries around the world.
The Policy Advisor, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) will provide coordination, research, and knowledge management support to the Resilience program’s work on nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate adaptation in urban contexts, as well as the broader gender and nature-related work of the Resilience Program. This will support IISD’s efforts to enhance climate adaptation, gender equality, and biodiversity protection in urban communities. The work will support governments and communities in their efforts to increase resilience to climate-induced risks by adopting and implementing gender-responsive NbS.
The successful candidate will work with Resilience program teammates, IISD colleagues, and external partners to ensure the effective integration of GESI issues across project activities, as well as the achievement of GESI-related results for select projects. The policy advisor will also coordinate learning and knowledge sharing on the GESI-related aspects of key projects. They will contribute to progress reporting, as well as the documentation of project learning and results in knowledge products of different forms. The policy advisor will conduct research on GESI, with a focus on NbS and climate change adaptation in urban contexts, to support the effective implementation of project activities and contribute to the expanding knowledge base on the subject. They will support the Resilience Program’s broader portfolio of work on climate change adaptation in developing countries and Canada. The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely with other IISD staff and affiliates.
The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to the following areas, with an estimated general indication of time allocation:
Project coordination and implementation (~50%)
Engagement and networking (~10%)
Business Development (~5%)
The experience and qualifications listed below indicate what is needed to succeed in the position. We understand that candidates may not have all the experience and qualifications identified. If you possess 75% or more of the qualifications listed as “Essential,” then we encourage you to apply.
Please note that our Resilience team works across multiple time zones. We are looking for someone with a “can-do” work attitude who can work autonomously while proactively engaging with other team members.
Experience and knowledge (Essential):
Behavioral competencies (Essential)
Curious and committed to learning and working to understand the people, concepts, and issues that drive our work. Asks questions and seeks answers
Location: Portugal Remote
**Candidates must have the authorization to work in Portugal during the time of their employment with IISD. IISD is not able to sponsor work permits.**
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and location
Duration: 24-26 months (until December 2025)
Application deadline: October 1, 2023, by 10 p.m. EST.
Start Date: immediate opportunity
Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR. Please include the following:
Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.
IISD has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires employees who are required or choose to be at an office or participate in in-person team events or in-person meetings/events to be fully vaccinated. Anyone unable to be fully vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being fully vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.
IISD is committed to fostering a more equitable and sustainable world and welcomes candidates who uphold our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, to correct the conditions of social injustice and disadvantage in employment around the world, we encourage candidates from historically marginalized groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify themselves as 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply for this position. Preference will be given to the equity-deserving groups during the hiring process. We offer reasonable accommodations in our recruitment process and seek applicants’ advice on how best to accommodate their needs. Please self-identify and answer our employment equity questionnaire on our applicant tracking system when you apply.
IISD does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, colour, disability, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.