Research Analyst, Sustainable Transport Infrastructure

Economic Law and Policy · GMT, CET, or CEST time zone (home-based) or Geneva (office-based), Switzerland
Department Economic Law and Policy
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. 


The Infrastructure Program works with the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) methodology to make the case for investment in sustainable infrastructure. SAVi assessments consider the wider environmental, social, and economic costs and benefits of infrastructure investments and incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into integrated cost-benefit analysis and project finance models. We work with public and private decision-makers to advocate for investment in sustainable infrastructure based on the findings of the SAVi assessments.  


We are looking for a researcher with 3 to 5 years of expertise in infrastructure project design, social and environmental impact assessments, and/or sustainability indicators in connection to energy and/or transport infrastructure investments. The researcher is expected to work with the SAVi methodology to support the design of SAVi assessments and communicate their results.   



  • Work with the SAVi methodology: contribute to its development, use, and deployment on energy and transport infrastructure investments. This will include but is not limited to: 
  • Research to understand and map the systemic impacts of specific infrastructure projects, notably in the areas of energy and transport.
  • Research on quantitative evidence on the financial, economic, social, and environmental gains that can be realized through the deployment of sustainable infrastructure. 
  • Facilitate virtual and/or in-person workshops to co-create the research with input from local stakeholders. 
  • Liaise with stakeholders to coordinate the research and dissemination of the results. 
  • Develop technical advice and policy recommendations on sustainable infrastructure to diverse audiences, including governmental decision-makers, donors, and investors.  
  • Prepare presentations, reports, blogs, policy briefs, and other materials on the results of SAVi assessments.  
  • Present IISD work at events and conferences. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Required Skills and Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in (environmental) economics, social science, political science, environmental sciences, or a relevant interdisciplinary program or equivalent. 
  • 3 to 5 years of proven expertise in sustainable transport and/or energy infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of sustainable infrastructure; measuring, quantifying, and monetizing the risks, impacts, and externalities of infrastructure projects; understanding systemic risks, including climate- and biodiversity-related risks. 
  • Excellent research skills with knowledge of diverse quantitative and qualitative research methods. 
  • Experience in workshop facilitation and co-creation of research products is a strong advantage. 
  • Experience in interdisciplinary teamwork is a strong advantage. 
  • Ability to work autonomously. 
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills. 
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English for technical as well as non-technical audiences. 
  • Knowledge of French is an advantage. 



Application deadline: We are open to applications until the right candidate is recruited.


Start date: As soon as possible


Location: GMT, CET, or CEST time zone (home-based) or Geneva (office-based)


Salary: Competitive total rewards package based on experience and skillset


Duration: 1 year, with the possibility of prolongation (depending on project funding) 

Application Procedure:


Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR. Please include the following:

  • A CV (no longer than two pages)
  • A letter of motivation, one page
  • All submissions must be in English.


Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for 1 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 this position.

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  • Location
    GMT, CET, or CEST time zone (home-based) or Geneva (office-based), Switzerland
  • Department
    Economic Law and Policy
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience