System Dynamics Analyst

Economic Law and Policy · Geneva, Switzerland
Department Economic Law and Policy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation 75,000- 85,000 CHF


System Dynamics Analyst

Economic Law and Policy, Infrastructure workstream, Geneva, Switzerland

Position: Full-time equivalent, working on the Infrastructure workstream of the Economic Law and Policy Program

Remuneration will depend on experience.

Location: Geneva/Ottawa


About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

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.


Position Background

The analyst will support the IISD Infrastructure workstream, building and expanding on the use of system dynamics in calculating the risks and externalities of infrastructure projects. The use of system dynamics is core to our advisory services, of particular note is the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) tool. Visit for further details. The analyst will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely with IISD affiliates, consultants, and interlocutors in different parts of the word.



  • Simulation: The analyst is expected to use existing SAVi models (for power generation, buildings, roads, irrigation, wastewater management, natural infrastructure) and parametrize and calibrate them to new assets. The analyst will also be expected to support the creation of new sectoral and thematic models for new assets. Specific tasks include model creation with Vensim, data research and parametrization of the model, calibration and validation (structural and behavioural), and reporting (on the structure of the model documentation, validation, and results as well as interpretation of results).
  • Research: The analyst is expected to collaborate and conduct qualitative and quantitative research and simulation on the environmental, social, and economic performance of infrastructure projects and policies. The analyst will work across many sectors, including energy, material management, nature-based infrastructure and water. The selected candidate will be required to work independently and deliver analyses and writing that are “publication-ready” with limited oversight and editing. We also expect the analyst to develop communications and presentation materials, both collaboratively and independently. Experience in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals is welcome, as is experience in preparing PowerPoint presentations for public events.
  • Collaboration and project management: The analyst will participate regularly in team meetings and strategy sessions to coordinate activities, contribute ideas, and execute new initiatives. The analyst will also collaborate with IISD staff, affiliates, partners, and consultants on the design and implementation of projects. We welcome applicants with entrepreneurial approaches to projects and an interest in business development.
  • Representation: The analyst will be required to represent IISD and present the results of his/her work to decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders around the world.
  • Communications: The analyst will develop and liaise on publications and communications materials with the Infrastructure team and the IISD Communications team. These materials will include op-eds, press releases, infographics, brochures, PowerPoint, etc. Experience with social media will be an advantage.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Skills

  • Simulation: advanced knowledge Vensim software is required; knowledge of Stella and other software (e.g., GIS and InVEST) would be an advantage.
  • Quantitative research methods: experience with mathematical models (e.g., differential equations, econometrics, optimization) and data analysis are required; knowledge of various simulation techniques and models across sectors (e.g., energy optimization models, land-use models) would be an advantage.
  • Qualitative research methods: knowledge and experience in creating causal loop diagrams (CLDs) are required; experience in conducting surveys would be an advantage.
  • Organizational and planning: ability to work autonomously, managing workload and producing deliverables to time and to budget; results-focused, with an ability to prioritize and to work quickly and accurately; flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in system dynamics, relevant interdisciplinary program or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience or an equivalent number of years in postgraduate research/teaching.
  • Available to travel internationally.
  • Excellent English-language skills, written and spoken (our working language is English). Professional competence in other languages is a distinct advantage.
  • Computer and Internet skills, primarily related to the use of MS Office and Vensim.
  • Swiss or EU nationality. (For Geneva location)
  • Canadian work permit. (For Ottawa)


Application deadline: We are open to applications until the right candidate is recruited.

Start date: October 1, 2020


Application Procedure

Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR

  • A CV (no longer than two pages)
  • A letter of motivation, one page.
  • A sample of writing in English, with you as the sole author, attach along with resume and cover letter.


Only candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted. References will not be contacted unless the application is successful.


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  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Department
    Economic Law and Policy
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    75,000- 85,000 CHF