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 220 people, plus over 150 associates and consultants, 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 who work with governments, civil society, communities, and businesses to help them manage climate- and conflict-related risks. The program is built around research and action in three core pillars: People, Planning, and Nature. Work under these three pillars focuses on preparing for a different or uncertain future, making sure different genders and social groups influence and benefit from resilience investments, and harnessing the role of ecosystems to help communities manage climate and conflict risk. The program hosts the Secretariat for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, an initiative focused on accelerating adaptation planning and action in developing countries.
Within this, the Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (ECP) team explores and analyzes the complex connections between environmental issues and conflict. Environmental factors themselves are rarely, if ever, the sole cause of violence. But natural resource management and other environmental factors are linked to conflicts in a variety of ways often obscured by more visible issues, such as ethnic tension and power politics. We focus on what can be done about these connections across the three pillars of People, Planning, and Nature so that policy-makers and practitioners working in conflict-affected and high-risk areas can support the transition from fragility to peace.
The Senior Policy Advisor will be responsible for the development, implementation, and communication of original research and technical support related to the Resilience program’s portfolio of work on ECP. They will contribute to the strategic direction of the ECP team, and the Resilience program more broadly, through the identification of opportunities, challenges, and solutions for advancing and growing our work at the intersection of environmental and climate change, natural resource management conflict, and peacebuilding in the Global South. Within this, they will advance associated work on adaptation planning in conflict-affected and high-risk areas via the NAP Global Network, as well as conflict-sensitive ecosystem-based adaptation in and around protected areas.
Strategy and Vision
Operations and Team Management
Lead and oversee the implementation of ECP projects from beginning to end. This includes taking lead responsibility for identifying funding opportunities and partnerships, proposal writing, designing and managing team work plans, delivery of project outputs, and coordination of contracting, communications, and reporting, all while working closely with the project management and program finance teams.
Supervise and collaborate with policy analysts working on ECP, supporting their professional development.
Ensure project compliance with IISD’s policies and that projects are actively monitored against risks, including financial, legal, and reputational risks.
Support systems to measure ECP’s contribution to the progress and impact of the Resilience program and IISD, as well as IISD-wide annual forecasting and budget planning processes.
Business Development and Donor Relationships
The Senior Policy Advisor shall report to the Associate Vice President, Resilience. One Policy Analyst will report to the Senior Policy Advisor role.
We are looking for the following experience and requirements:
Applicants must have the authorization to work in their country of residence with a valid passport.
Location: Canada (Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg)
Salary: $67,000 - $97,000 CAD (salary commensurate with experience and locations)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing date: April 13, 2023 at midnight EST
Please apply to only one posting, as this role is posted to multiple cities.
All submissions must be in English. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.
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 1 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 a 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.