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Policy Analyst, Global Subsidies Initiative

Energy · Geneva, Switzerland
Department Energy
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation 75,000 CHF

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 looking for a full-time Policy Analyst for our Geneva office.

About the Position

The Policy Analyst will support IISD’s Energy Program (www.iisd.org/energy) and its Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, https://www.iisd.org/gsi/), We are a team of over 20 experts based in the IISD Geneva and Ottawa offices as well as remotely in India, Indonesia and other countries.

We deliver cutting-edge research and practical policy support for energy policy reforms in developed and developing countries, including the reform of fossil fuel subsidies (worth at least USD 500 billion per year globally) and energy taxation. This work is aimed at aligning financial flows with safe climate targets and facilitating just transitions to renewable energy. We explore and support policies and investment related to both production and consumption of energy that are beneficial for the society while being safe for human health, the environment and climate. In particular, since 2005, IISD Energy and GSI have been working alongside many country partners, governments and intergovernmental organizations to raise awareness and ambition on the need to phase out harmful energy subsidies and redirect public spending toward renewable energy and social needs, including just transition. We work closely with groups such as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (http://fffsr.org/), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, as well as international NGO partners.  Our approach is hands-on through country-level research and outreach as well as via international forums such as the G20, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Many governments are now phasing out subsidies to fossil fuels, and we are hiring a Policy Analyst to deliver GSI’s work on the need for effective reform and reinvestment for sustainable development.

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

  • Conducting primary and secondary research and writing reports for the program spanning energy subsidy and electricity sector reform, energy access and energy sector development in a range of countries. This will include a strong focus on social, poverty, gender and climate change impacts and mitigation measures of reform.
  • Collaborating with IISD staff, affiliates, partners and consultants within and outside GSI on the design and implementation of projects.
  • Supporting business development via the identification and application of technical and financial proposals to donors.
  • Supporting the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and activities related to international efforts to advocate for reform subsidies and correct pricing of fossil fuels.
  • Conducting effective outreach and communication of research and analysis conducted through blogs, webinars, media and events.

Required Skills and Qualifications


  • A minimum of a master’s degree in energy, economics or an interdisciplinary program or equivalent.


  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably working in international organizations or think tanks, government or industry in energy, economics and sustainable development.
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of approaches to structural economic reforms including political economy aspects, social protection/safety net reform for lower-income groups, fiscal shifts for sustainable energy, gender implications and complementary reform policies.
  • Familiarity with sustainable development.
  • Ability to assist in the delivery of webinars, events, slides and materials to support capacity building at the country level.
  • Demonstrate high-quality research abilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to translate technical findings to advance policy positions, including engaging with governments and donors.
  • “Can-do” work attitude and ability to work autonomously and as a member of a global team, managing workload and producing deliverables on time and within budget.
  • A focus on results, ability to prioritize and to work quickly and accurately, with the flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature.
  • A strong ability to work comfortably across different cultures; be inclusive, positive and a good communicator both internally and with external partners.
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills. Ability to work (read, write, speak) in French, Spanish and other languages will be considered an asset.
  • Availability to travel internationally.
  • Computer skills (including Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Ability to work in Switzerland (Swiss nationality, Swiss residence or work permit, or EU nationality).
  • Experience working within a developing or emerging economy will be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience working on fiscal, industrial and energy policy (particularly in developing and emerging economies) would be an asset.
  • Experience in energy economics, poverty and social impact assessments, economic modelling, impact analysis, stakeholder mapping, and survey design and delivery would be an asset.

 Location:                 Geneva, Switzerland

Starting Salary:       CHF 75,000

Closing Date:           February 12, 2020, 10 p.m. CET

Start Date:                April 15, 2020

Cover letter (maximum one page) and a CV (maximum two pages) submitted in one PDF document only. Applications without a cover letter or CV will not be considered.

All submissions must be in English. IISD is committed to equal opportunity. We thank all candidates; however, only those currently eligible to work in Switzerland will be considered.

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

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  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    75,000 CHF