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 (www.iisd.org/energy), including its Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, https://www.iisd.org/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 (http://fffsr.org/), 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:
Required Skills and Qualifications
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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