Communications Officer (1-year contract)

Energy · Geneva or another location with regular working hours in Europe, Geneva
Department Energy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

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 currently looking for a Communications Officer to work within the IISD Energy Program.


About the Position


The Communications Officer will support IISD’s Energy Program (, including its Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, We are a team of over 30 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 support for energy policy reform 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 investments related to both the production and consumption of energy that are beneficial for society while being safe for human health, the environment, and the climate. 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), and the World Bank, as well as international non-governmental organization 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 (UNFCCC), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Communications Officer will support the work of the Energy Program and Global Subsidies Initiative communications team, working on fossil fuel subsidy reform as well as global advocacy campaigns on fossil fuel subsidies and taxation, fossil fuel phase-out, and just transition.


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

  • Developing and implementing communication strategies and plans to ensure research, analysis, and knowledge products have reach, engagement, and impact.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impacts of communications strategies and plans, including collecting and analyzing relevant data on communications efforts and maintaining and updating media contacts.
  • Project managing communications for major reports and events, including setting timelines, cooperating with partners, and ensuring timely delivery of outputs.
  • Maintaining web pages by posting edited content to the site using a designated CMS, creating pages and posts, tracking and compiling website analytics, and other related tasks.
  • Developing content and writing and editing various texts for press releases, newsletters, blogs, web content, and other outreach materials.
  • Producing and supporting the design of visual materials, including Twitter cards, posters, invitations, simple infographics, presentations, and other conference or workshop materials.
  • Working alongside staff to create videos, podcasts, and stories to help make our research accessible to a wider audience.
  • Identifying areas for improvement and advising the team on ways to increase clarity and usability, encourage engagement, boost impact, and align with the communications strategy.
  • Maintaining relevant social media channels, including developing social media packages, scheduling content delivery, monitoring feeds of partner organizations to identify content to cross-promote, and suggesting ways to grow audiences and encourage engagement.
  • Assisting staff in promoting national and international events, workshops, and webinars.
  • Supporting and sharing information across IISD’s wider global network of communications officers engaged in sustainable development.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Skills and Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or a related social science discipline. A master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • 3–5 years of relevant professional experience in communications, with a strong focus on digital communications.
  • A demonstrated understanding of issues related to sustainable development; a background related to energy and environment is an asset.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills; proficiency in the domestic languages of India and/or Indonesia is an asset.
  • Social media experience with a strong focus on Twitter.
  • A high level of computer literacy; must be able to work in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience and comfort working with online content management systems and website monitoring tools (especially WordPress, Drupal, Google Analytics).
  • Experience in designing newsletters using email marketing systems such as Mailchimp.
  • Good knowledge of Adobe InDesign or other professional graphic design software.
  • Good knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro or other professional video editing software is an asset.
  • Experience with complex data visualization is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently as well as within a team.

Location: Geneva or another location with regular working hours in Europe.   

Type of engagement: Office or remote, depending on location.

Starting salary: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience, depending on location

Application deadline: September 24, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CEST


Start date: October/November 2021


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


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. Resumes will be kept on file for one year. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request. 


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 Communications Officer position. 


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