Policy Advisor, Adaptation
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic rules, and a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and New York, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.
IISD’s Resilience Team serves as the Secretariat of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, a group of individuals and institutions that is working to enhance adaptation planning and action in developing countries. Through a combination of peer learning, in-country technical assistance, and enhanced bilateral donor support, the Network is engaged with representatives from over 100 countries in advancing their NAP processes.
The Policy Advisor will work as a member of the NAP Global Network Secretariat. In particular, they will oversee the development, implementation and management of programs of work to advance the NAP processes in Colombia and Peru, as well as lead related knowledge management and communications activities. The successful candidate may provide support to other related Resilience projects, as time permits. The Policy Advisor, Adaptation reports to the Director, Resilience or their designate.
- Developing, overseeing and managing the NAP Global Network’s in-country programming in Colombia and Peru based on needs identified and communicated by in-country partners.
- Hiring and managing consultants to implement the in-country program workplan.
- Consulting with in-country contacts to collect key information on the status of NAP processes, as well as identifying trends, lessons learned and further needs for advancing NAP processes.
- Planning and facilitating workshops with government, donors and non-government stakeholders, particularly in Colombia and Peru and potentially other Spanish-speaking countries.
- Providing advice and expertise to requests for technical assistance from developing countries on topics related to adaptation, brokered through the NAP Global Network’s Country Support Hub.
- Contributing to the preparation of progress reports to funders.
- Leading and/or collaborating in the analysis and preparation of research papers, issue briefs, blogs and other knowledge products according to the needs of the Network.
- More broadly, and as time permits, contributing to the intellectual leadership of IISD by conceptualizing, developing and seeking funding for research and project management opportunities in the thematic areas of the Resilience program.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Knowledge of climate change adaptation and sustainable development more broadly.
- Organizational planning skills, including an ability to manage multiple tasks ranging from simple to more complex, under tight deadlines.
- Excellent writing skills and strong oral communication skills in both English and Spanish.
- Capacity to clearly and succinctly communicate policy issues and research findings to different audiences.
- Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications and experience using online knowledge management platforms including Google Apps.
- Ability to work as part of an international, geographically distributed team as well as independently with limited guidance.
- Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
- Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant social science (e.g., economics, political science, geography, environmental studies, international development).
- A minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the field of climate change adaptation and development.
- A minimum of three years of project management experience.
- Fluent written and spoken English and Spanish. French language skills would be an asset.
- Availability to travel within Canada and internationally on a regular basis.
- Work experience in developing countries, particularly in Latin America.
Cover letter (maximum one page) followed by a CV (maximum two pages) together in one pdf document via IISD’s Employment website.
The contract is for a full-time two-year position in our Ottawa or Toronto office, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding. This role has been advertised in both cities but only one position is available so please only apply once to your preferred location.
Closing Date: November 9, 2018, 9 a.m. CST
Salary: $63,000–$73,000 CAD
All applications must be in English.
Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada. Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted.
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