Policy Advisor, Sustainable Finance

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
Compensation Competitive total rewards package based on experience and skillset

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.


The Position


The Policy Advisor, Sustainable Finance, will provide research, project management, and communication support for IISD’s sustainable finance work on nature-based solutions, specifically nature-based infrastructure. The successful candidate will understand and be able to support initiatives that involve researching and providing support to access a range of different public and private funding opportunities to implement these interventions. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely with IISD affiliates, consultants, and interlocutors in different parts of the world.




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



  • Undertaking substantive reviews and background research on policies, plans, and practices related to public and private finance for climate change. Specific topics include financing strategies for nature-based solutions, innovative financing solutions for adaptation, and engaging the private sector in climate finance.
  • Preparing notes, papers, briefs, and presentations that accurately synthesize and assess research findings.
  • Following and summarizing news and events pertaining to finance for nature-based solutions and other climate change interventions.


  • Delivering analyses and writing reports, issue briefs, blogs, and case studies that are “publication-ready” with limited oversight and editing.
  • Sharing research results through webinars, workshops, conferences, and other events.


Business Development

  • Supporting other IISD personnel with the development of new project ideas and proposals to help IISD expand its engagement with funders, national governments, and international organizations on nature-based solutions, specifically nature-based infrastructure.


  • Working collaboratively with partners in government, the private sector, and research and non-governmental organizations, as well as with consultants.
  • Establishing and actively maintaining a network of partners and contacts engaged in efforts related to nature-based solutions, including individuals from governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and academia.


Project Implementation and Management

  • Convening, facilitating, and contributing to workshops, meetings, dialogues, and other events; documenting meetings of various sizes.
  • Contributing to the preparation of narrative and financial reports to funders.


  • Representing IISD at provincial, national, and international forums.


Required Skills


The Policy Advisor will bring the following set of skills to the position:

  • In-depth understanding of finance for mitigation, adaptation, and nature-based solutions, including the different sources, mechanisms, and access modalities, such as financial markets and products, innovative green finance instruments, engaging the private sector, and the financial structuring of skills; capacity to clearly and succinctly communicate policy issues and research findings to different audiences via different platforms.
  • A motivated self-starter with an ability to work independently and manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Results-focused work and an ability to work quickly and accurately to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, including an ability to coordinate meetings and events.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications, and experience in handling web-based communications and management systems.




The Policy Advisor should possess the following qualifications:

  • A master’s degree or equivalent in finance or another similar area.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in finance, climate change, and/or sustainable development.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English. The ability to work (read, write, speak) in French or Spanish would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of international development and experience working in developing countries.
  • Prior experience working with conservation organizations, international entities (e.g., UNFCCC, CBD), or financial institutions would be considered an asset.
  • Availability to travel internationally.



The contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal. It will be based in IISD’s Geneva, Toronto or Ottawa office. Please only apply to one posting, as this role is posted to multiple cities.

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


Start date:                            As soon as possible

Location:                            This is a full-time position located at either IISD’s Geneva, Toronto or Ottawa office; however, home-based applicants
                                            will be considered if time zones are conducive to working alongside our team. 

Salary:                                 Competitive total rewards package based on experience and skillset


Application Procedure:


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

  • A CV (no longer than two pages)
  • A letter of motivation (one-page) that clearly links your experience to the job qualifications
  • All submissions must be in English.


The candidate must have the authorization to work in their country of residence.


Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes 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 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply for this position. We offer reasonable accommodations in the recruitment process. Please identify in your cover letter if you need accommodations during the recruitment process.

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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
  • Compensation
    Competitive total rewards package based on experience and skillset