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. We are currently looking for a Researcher, Energy Transition Scenarios to work within the IISD Energy Program.
About the Position
More than 5 years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. One reason is the continued expansion of fossil fuel production, especially oil and gas, which has long been a blind spot in international climate policy. And although renewables are now the cheapest form of energy in most of the world, investments are not growing fast enough to decarbonize the economy in line with the Paris goals.
In May 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a Net Zero Emissions (NZE) scenario, finding that there is no need for investments in new oil and gas fields beyond those already in operation. It is the first time the IEA has published a scenario aligned with the 1.5°C temperature limit, following more than 5 years of pressure from civil society, investors, governments, and scientists, a coalition of which IISD was part. The resulting debates about the future of oil and gas illustrate the vast impact energy scenarios have on decisions about new policies and investments. Since energy infrastructure has an economic life of several decades, decisions by governments and investors rely on assumptions about future demand for the energy.
The Researcher, Energy Transition Scenarios will work as part of IISD’s Sustainable Energy Supply team, which delivers research, policy proposals, and strategic advice to support a Paris-aligned, managed phase-out of oil and gas production and the end of public finance to fossil fuels. The team collaborates with a large range of stakeholders, including civil society organizations and networks, international organizations, governments, and media. The position is based within the IISD Energy Program (www.iisd.org/energy), a diverse and dynamic team of over 30 experts based in the IISD Geneva and Ottawa offices as well as remotely in India, Indonesia, South Africa, and other countries.
The Researcher will analyze and interpret energy scenarios published by the IEA, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and others to support the end of new fossil fuel development and the increase in renewable energy growth consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. The Researcher will publish this analysis, collaborate with civil society to strengthen campaigns, influence investors and governments, and share detailed country-level implications in key countries, especially in the Global South.
The Researcher’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:
About the Successful Applicant
The successful applicant will have a strong background in relevant quantitative and qualitative research. They will be confident providing intellectual leadership for a research and policy agenda, engaging with colleagues and partners, and shaping outputs to deliver on strategic objectives.
The successful applicant will also have:
Location: Flexible, with regular working hours in Europe or East Coast North America. We strongly encourage candidates from the Global South to apply.
Starting Salary: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience, depending on location.
Type of engagement: Full-time consultancy or staff position, depending on location.
Application process: Cover letter (maximum one page) and a CV (maximum two pages). Applications without a cover letter or CV will not be considered.
Application deadline: September 26, 2021
Start Date: November 2021
All submissions must be in English.
Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for locations where they expect to be based.
Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumés will be kept on file for one year.
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, Indigenous Peoples, people with disabilities, people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify themselves as 2SLGBTQ+ to apply for the Researcher position.
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