Senior Policy Advisor, Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (immediate opportunity)

Energy · Remote (Europe), Switzerland
Department Energy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

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 hiring a team of three to work with the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) Secretariat.

BOGA: Driving the managed phase-out of oil and gas production

BOGA is an international alliance of governments and stakeholders working together to facilitate the managed phase-out of oil and gas production. BOGA was launched by ministers of eleven governments at the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow. Its core members have committed both to ending new concession, licensing, or leasing rounds for oil and gas and to a Paris-aligned end date for production based on a socially just and equitable transition. Recent high and volatile oil and gas prices, as well as governments’ concerns around the security of their supply, only serve to heighten the need for BOGA.

The process of establishing BOGA’s Secretariat continues. We have recruited a Head of Secretariat and are now looking for three dedicated professionals to support her in the implementation of BOGA’s activities. We plan to expand further in the future. This is a fantastic opportunity to join and shape an exciting new initiative that is fulfilling a fundamental role in tackling climate change by redefining climate leadership.

BOGA’s success depends on supporting its members’ ambitions and on progressively attracting new members. BOGA aims to ensure that oil and gas production is placed firmly on the international energy and climate agenda, encouraging others to take action and creating an international community of practice.

The Secretariat’s main functions are member liaison, strategic communications, thought leadership, member support, reporting, administration, and fundraising. An important task ahead is supporting BOGA members in further developing and implementing its strategy to expand and strengthen the alliance based on an analysis of the future global landscape for oil and gas production in a Paris-aligned world.

Building the Secretariat: The first three staff positions  

The first tranche of Secretariat staff will be comprised of three key positions, each reporting to the Head of Secretariat:

We are looking for professionals who understand how to best perform a Secretariat function for a country-led alliance and how the Secretariat can most effectively help BOGA manoeuvre internationally to achieve its targets. We are looking for highly skilled professionals who have a very good political sense and at least 5 years of experience, preferably including with Global South organizations and governments.

Staff will be fluent in written and spoken English, with proficiency in other languages highly desirable. These self-starters will have the ability to work collaboratively with the BOGA team and members but also independently. They will have very strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

What we need from you: Senior Policy Advisor

You have a strong background in oil and gas and related climate issues, preferably within or with national administrations and/or international organizations. You have strong research, analytical, and writing experience and a proven ability to translate quantitative and qualitative research into actionable policy recommendations. You have an established network of organizations, experts, and governments engaged in climate, energy governance, and/or oil and gas sector issues. One of your key tasks will be to help build BOGA’s network and capacity to collaborate by reaching out to and engaging with relevant partners from civil society, academia, the private sector, and other stakeholders in order to progress BOGA’s mission.

With a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as economics, science, international development, or environmental studies, you have strong research and analytical skills and the ability to become familiar with new topics quickly. You are a confident and engaging communicator that can synthesize information in plain language and tailor communication approaches to different audiences. The role of Senior Policy Advisor will be highly varied, and you have excellent coordination skills, with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and liaise with multiple stakeholders.

Start date, contract length, location, and salary

The Secretariat is being hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an independent non-governmental organization with over 30 years of international experience. IISD is responsible for the recruitment and administrative management of this position.

The roles will start as soon as possible and will initially be based remotely. The eventual location of the Secretariat office is still under consideration but will be in Europe; however, ideally, the Secretariat will be made up of staff from a range of continents and with diverse backgrounds. Contracts will initially be given to the end of 2023, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and other factors. Candidates need to have the right to work in their country of residence WITHOUT the sponsorship of IISD.

Competitive salaries are offered based on education, skills, and experience.

How to apply

Please apply by the close of Wednesday, May 25, 2022, by uploading a one-page cover letter and a CV of no more than two pages using the following links:


All submissions must be in English. Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization in their country of residence.


IISD has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires employees who are required or choose to be at an office or participate in in-person team events or in-person meetings/events to be fully vaccinated. Anyone unable to be fully vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or a disability that prevents them from being fully vaccinated can request a reasonable accommodation.


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 LGBTQ2SIA+ to apply for this position. Preference will be given to the equity seeing groups during the hiring process. Please self-identify and answer our employment equity questions on our applicant tracking system when you apply.


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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