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IISD hiring a Policy Analyst, Canada Energy Transitions | ICE Network


IISD hiring a Policy Analyst, Canada Energy Transitions

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  • Category: Employment

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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 150 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.


About IISD Energy

IISD Energy is a team of over 30 experts based in the IISD Geneva and Ottawa offices as well as a network of associates and consultants based remotely in India, Indonesia, South Africa, and other countries. We deliver cutting-edge research and practical policy support for energy and climate policy reforms in developed and developing countries, including the reform of fossil fuel subsidies and just transition. Since 2005, IISD Energy and its Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, https://www.iisd.org/gsi/) have been working alongside many country partners, governments, and intergovernmental organizations to raise awareness and ambition on the need to phase out harmful energy subsidies and redirect public spending toward renewable energy and social needs, including through just transition. 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 and domestic 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 Policy Analyst, Canada Energy Transitions, will support IISD’s Energy Program (www.iisd.org/energy). The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:

  • Collaborating with IISD staff to design, develop, and implement program work on green recovery, energy transitions (including just transition), fossil fuel subsidy reform, and overall climate change mitigation strategies in the Canadian and international contexts.
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research; leading and contributing to reports, policy briefs, and other outputs for the program; and working with consultants as required.
  • Assisting in the communication of IISD research findings and policy recommendations to a variety of audiences via events and outreach, written blogs and op-eds, presentations to target audiences (including policy-makers and media), and more.
  • Supporting IISD collaboration and networking with partners in civil society, government, academia, and multilateral organizations. Working with and helping strengthen IISD’s network of allies working on energy and climate issues in Canada and internationally.
  • Keeping up to date with emerging issues related to program work, in particular, Canadian federal and provincial climate policy and international forums on climate change and clean energy.
  • Assisting in the implementation of specific projects, including collaborating with partners and consultants.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts, including reporting and developing proposals.

Experience Sought

  • The experience and qualifications below indicate what will be needed to succeed in the position. We understand that candidates may not have all of the following; if you possess 80% or more of the qualifications listed as “Essential,” we encourage you to apply.
  • Please note our Energy team works across multiple time zones. We are looking for someone with a “can-do” work attitude who is able to work autonomously while proactively engaging with other team members, particularly as we work remotely during COVID-19.


  • A master’s degree or equivalent work or academic experience in a relevant field (e.g., climate change, environmental or energy policy, international relations, development studies, political science, interdisciplinary studies, etc.).
  • Two to five years of relevant work experience in one or more of the following areas in Canada and/or internationally: climate change, energy policy, just transition, renewable energy, sustainable development, social policy.
  • Fluent English, with demonstrated excellent writing skills.
  • Experience in qualitative research methods. Demonstrated analytical skills and an ability to think critically.
  • Confident and engaging communication skills, with an ability to synthesize information in plain language and an understanding of different communications approaches for different audiences.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills and experience producing deliverables to time and to budget.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work comfortably across different cultures, be inclusive, positive, and a good communicator.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to addressing the equity challenges related to climate change and the energy transition, including environmental justice, impacts on workers, impacts on Indigenous Peoples and historically marginalized communities, and more.


  • An understanding of climate and energy policy-making processes, including in Canada and key international forums (e.g., the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
  • Experience conducting quantitative research, including locating, collecting, and analyzing data from government sources and public databases.
  • Experience with advocacy and campaigning approaches, including working with coalitions and developing strategic networks.
  • Experience collaborating and engaging with different groups, such as federal and provincial government, international organizations, Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector, etc.
  • Communications knowledge, including working with communications teams, crafting communications materials for research outputs, ability to write op-eds and blogs, experience public speaking, etc.
  • Project management skills, including an ability to develop project budgets and timelines.
  • Fundraising experience, including an ability to liaise with donors and funding agencies and conduct grant writing and reporting.
  • Experience working across programs and topic areas using an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Ability to work (read, write, speak) in other languages will be considered a strong asset, particularly French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, and/or major official languages of India.
  • Availability to travel within Canada and internationally when health conditions allow (no travel is expected to be conducted in the near term due to COVID-19).

Position Details

  • This is a full-time position with the option to work between 80% and 100% FTE.
  • This position is advertised to be based in our office in downtown Ottawa. During COVID-19, flexibility has been created to work from home, in accordance with local health suggestions and regulations.
  • IISD provides the successful candidate with a laptop computer for at-home use. We endeavour to support staff in the current context, including through flexible hours when needed and will work to support the successful candidate to work remotely


Application Procedure

  • Submit your application through our BambooHR portalhttps://iisd.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=296&source=iisd
  • Please send a CV, a cover letter (one page), and a writing sample (maximum 3 pages)
    • Your cover letter should illustrate your motivation to apply for this position, highlighting relevant experience and skills.
    • Please also attach a writing sample to your cover letter.
  • All applicants must have the authorization to work in Canada before applying. Candidates may apply from outside the immediate region of work, but relocation costs are not covered.
  • All submissions must be in English.

Please note that due to the number of applications we receive, unfortunately only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. We thank you for your interest in working with IISD Energy!

IISD is committed to fostering a more equitable and sustainable world and welcomes candidates who uphold our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous candidates, as well as candidates from historically marginalized groups, including people with disabilities, people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify themselves as 2SLGBTQ+ to apply for the Policy Analyst position.

Compensation:     50,000 - 59,000 CAD per year (depending on experience)

Start Date:             July 5, 2021

Closing Date:        June 3, 2021      


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