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Policy Advisor, Adaptation in Canada

Resilience – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Department Resilience
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $50,700 - $58,000 CAD

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, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries. We are currently looking for a Policy Advisor to work in our Winnipeg office.

About the Position

The Policy Advisor will support IISD’s Resilience Team and its work related to climate change adaptation in Canada, with a particular focus on the Prairies region.

The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:

  • Leading the delivery of primary and secondary research and preparing project outputs that accurately synthesize and assess research findings.
  • Managing projects in collaboration with other IISD staff; ensuring the delivery of research and other project outputs on time and to budget.
  • Managing the organization and documentation of meetings of various sizes.
  • Developing and sharing relevant materials that communicate the Resilience Program’s work and components to a broader audience.
  • Contributing to the development and growth of new projects by identifying fundraising opportunities and developing proposals for funding, including methodology and budget.
  • Contributing to the identification of challenges, emerging issues and solutions. 
  • Working collaboratively with partners in government, academia, the private sector and research and non-governmental organizations, as well as with consultants.
  • Establishing and actively maintaining a network of domestic and international partners and contacts.
  • Representing IISD at forums, conferences and public events.

Required Skills

The candidate will bring the following set of skills to the position:

  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation, climate risk management, and risk and vulnerability assessments, particularly in relation to Canada and its Prairie provinces.
  • Excellent writing skills and strong oral communication skills; capacity to clearly and succinctly communicate policy issues and research findings to different audiences via different platforms.
  • Strong analytical capacity and interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to design, fundraise for and implement policy-oriented research projects, from start to finish.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, including ability to coordinate meetings and events.
  • Be results-focused, with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and to work quickly and accurately under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature and over short  and long terms.
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications and experience in handling web-based communications and management systems.
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work independently with limited guidance.


The candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field of the social or natural sciences (e.g., geography, political science, urban planning, sociology, environmental studies).
  • Minimum five years of relevant work experience in the field of climate change and/or sustainable development.
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Ability to work (read, write, speak) in French and/or Spanish would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of international development and experience working in developing countries would be considered an asset.
  • Availability to travel within Canada and internationally.
  • Must be currently eligible to work in Canada.

Location:                       Winnipeg

Starting Salary:       $50,700–$58,000 CAD

Start Date:                 December 2, 2019

Closing date:             November 22, 2019, 2 p.m. CST

All submissions must be in English.

IISD is committed to equal opportunity. Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada.

Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted.  Resumes will be kept on file for one year.

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    Winnipeg, Manitoba
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    $50,700 - $58,000 CAD
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