Policy Analyst - Food, Trade & Markets

Economic Law and Policy · Geneva, Switzerland
Department Economic Law and Policy
Employment Type 1 Year Contract
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation CHF 80,000 – 90,000 per year

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 120 people, plus over 150 associates and consultants, come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.


Scope


IISD is looking for a Policy Advisor, Food, Trade & Markets to join an international team of lawyers and economists working to change rules and policies on food, agriculture, trade, and investment, starting as soon as possible. The overall goal of the work is to ensure that the legal, policy, and institutional frameworks that govern trade and markets in food and agriculture contribute to food security and improved nutrition, improved livelihoods, reduced inequality, and responsible use of the planet’s resources.


IISD offers the opportunity to carry out varied research in cutting-edge, challenging fields in a friendly international environment.


Responsibilities


  • Collaborate with IISD staff to design, develop, and implement a strategy and program of work on reforming policies, laws, and institutions governing trade and markets in agriculture and food systems.
  • Engage and collaborate with a variety of actors and stakeholders to reform global trade rules (including negotiators, farmers’ organizations, trade unions, and civil society organizations in development, human rights, and the environment).
  • Conduct or commission policy-relevant or applied research.
  • Promote, communicate, and share ideas, policy recommendations and research findings through a variety of mediums.
  • Support fundraising efforts, including reporting and developing proposals.
  • Keep up to date on developments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture, including its Special Session.
  • Build and maintain relationships with the diplomatic community in Geneva, including but not limited to those working at the WTO on agriculture. 
  • Track the latest developments related to trade and markets in agriculture and food systems more broadly, including emerging trends, policy changes, and legal and institutional reforms.
  • Generate policy-relevant research and analysis related to trade and markets in agriculture and food systems.
  • Facilitate the participation of a diverse group of stakeholders in trade policy discussions in Geneva, including negotiators, farmers’ organizations, trade unions, and civil society organizations in development, human rights, and the environment.


Qualifications


  • A degree in public or social policy, law, or economics.
  • 3­–5 years of experience working in food, agriculture, and/or trade policy.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Strong grasp of trade policy and food security issues, both technical and political.
  • Excellent English (written and spoken).
  • Conversant in one other WTO language (French, Spanish).
  • Experience in monitoring and engagement with international negotiations.
  • Commitment to IISD’s vision for sustainable development.


IISD is committed to fostering a more equitable and sustainable world and welcomes candidates who uphold our values of diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, to correct the conditions of social injustice and disadvantage in employment around the world, we encourage candidates from historically marginalized groups, including women, people with disabilities, people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify themselves as 2SLGBTQ+ to apply for the Policy Analyst, Food, Trade & Markets position. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.


All submissions must be in English. Please send a CV (including the names, phone numbers, email addresses of three referees) and a cover letter (one page).


The is a 1-year full-time position (extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability) and will be based in IISD-Europe’s Geneva office. All applicants must have the right to work in Switzerland before applying. 


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


Start Date:                August 2, 2021, or earlier

Closing Date:           May 14, 2021

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  • Location
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • Department
    Economic Law and Policy
  • Employment Type
    1 Year Contract
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    CHF 80,000 – 90,000 per year