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 work closely with groups such as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, and international non-governmental organization (NGO) partners. Our approach is hands-on through country-level research and outreach as well as via international forums such as the G20, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
About the Position
The world is at a critical moment of acting on climate change while tackling several other crises. The COVID-19 crisis has intensified some of the alarming trends that existed before, including increased pressure on governments to bail out fossil fuel projects with the threat of emissions lock-in and opportunity costs to clean energy. At the same time, many oil, gas, and coal extraction projects have become less profitable, compounding the vulnerabilities of workers, communities, and government budgets currently dependent on fossil fuel extraction.
The Senior Policy Expert, Energy Supply, will work with IISD’s Lead, Sustainable Energy Supply, to build on IISD’s long-standing stream of work on subsidies to fossil fuel production and the transition of oil-, gas-, and coal-dependent economies beyond fossil fuels. The position is based within the IISD Energy Program (www.iisd.org/energy ), a diverse and dynamic team of over 20 experts based in the IISD Geneva and Ottawa offices as well as remotely in India, Indonesia, South Africa, and other countries.
The Senior Policy Expert will work on such flagship initiatives as the Energy Policy Tracker (https://www.energypolicytracker.org/ ), an influential database by about 20 organizations led by IISD to create transparency on government energy support commitments in response to the COVID-19 crisis; assessments of the G20 countries’ efforts to phase out fossil fuel production and transition beyond fossil fuels; collaborations with climate NGO networks; and implementation of various projects by IISD Energy and its Global Subsidies Initiative (https://www.iisd.org/gsi/)
The Senior Policy Expert’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:
About the Successful Applicant
The successful applicant will be a recognized expert in the field of energy supply and energy transitions (fossil fuel resource management; oil, gas, and coal divestment; government policies in the extractive sector; and economic diversification of resource-dependent regions). They will
be confident providing intellectual leadership for a research and policy agenda, engaging with colleagues and partners and implementing research and advisory projects.
The successful applicant will also have:
Location: flexible, with regular working hours in Europe or East Coast North America
Starting Salary: competitive and depends on location
Type of engagement: full-time consultancy or staff position, depending on location
Application deadline: September 28, 2020, 10 p.m. CET
Start Date: November 1, 2020
All submissions must be in English.
IISD is committed to equal opportunity. Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for locations where they expect to be based.
Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.
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