International Institute for Sustainable Development is hiring a
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 220 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.
IISD’s Resilience Program is a multidisciplinary team of policy researchers who work with governments, civil society, communities, and businesses to help them manage climate- and conflict-related risks. Its work focuses on planning, people, and nature—preparing for a different or uncertain future, making sure different genders and social groups influence and benefit from investments in resilience, and harnessing the role of ecosystems to help communities manage risks.
The Policy Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) will lead the development and implementation of the overall MEL framework of IISD’s new Climate Adaptation and Protected Area (CAPA) Initiative and consolidate our learning on how best to design and implement nature-based solutions that are nature positive, climate resilient, and gender responsive. The CAPA Initiative seeks to promote natural solutions to strengthening climate resilience and protecting biodiversity in and around Protected Areas (PAs) and critical landscapes in the Global South. The Initiative’s intervention sites cover marine, coastal, and terrestrial ecosystems and landscapes in Belize, Fiji, and the Greater Virunga and Kavango-Zambezi landscapes. The CAPA Initiative is jointly implemented with the World Wildlife Fund’s Regional Office for Africa and its country offices in Uganda and Zambia, alongside the Fiji and Belize offices of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The successful candidate will lead the design and implementation of the CAPA Initiative’s overall project MEL framework, tied to the CAPA theory of change, as well as MEL of nature-based solutions (NbS) for adaptation across the four project sites. The candidate will support implementation partners in the Global South by providing training and technical support on the design and implementation of MEL systems for NbS for adaptation. This will involve strengthening the capacity of partners to develop and implement site-specific MEL through the development of tools and processes to collect, analyze, and manage data and evidence on the project indicators toward reporting and communications at both the outcome and impact levels (including annual surveys, structured interviews, rolling profiles, and focus group discussions). The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely with IISD staff, affiliates, consultants, and partners in different parts of the world.
The successful candidate should understand the broader policy conversation and efforts about climate adaptation, NbS, biodiversity conservation, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:
Project Coordination and Implementation (~35%)
Research and Issues Tracking (~40%)
Engagement and Networking (10%):
Communications and Outreach (10%):
Business Development (5%):
Please note that our Resilience team works across multiple time zones. We are looking for someone with a “can-do” work attitude, who can work autonomously while proactively engaging with other team members, particularly those working in a remote and/or hybrid work environment.
Knowledge and Experience (Essential)
Behavioural Competencies (Essential)
Location: Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg
Salary: $53,900 – $73,000 (based on experience)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: May 7, 2023 at 4 p.m. EST
All submissions must be in English.
Please apply to only one posting, as this role is posted to multiple cities.
Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR
Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada.
Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for 1 year.
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 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 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply for this position. Preference will be given to the equity-deserving groups during the hiring process. We offer reasonable accommodations in our recruitment process and seek applicants' advice on how best to accommodate their needs. Please self-identify and answer our employment equity questionnaire on our applicant tracking system when you apply.
IISD does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, colour, disability, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.