International Institute for Sustainable Development is hiring a
Senior Policy Advisor, **Climate Adaptation and Protected Area (**CAPA) Africa Lead, Resilience Program
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 Senior Policy Advisor, Africa, will oversee and lead the key activities and day-to-day operations of IISD’s new Climate Adaptation and Protected Area (CAPA) Initiative in Africa, specifically in the Greater Virunga and Kavango-Zambezi landscapes. 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 (GVL) and Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) 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 and manage the activities of the CAPA Initiative in the two African landscapes (KAZA and GVL) and work closely with partners in and around PAs in these two landscapes on the implementation of gender-responsive nature-based solutions for adaptation. This will involve working with partners to implement the deliverables and milestones of the CAPA Initiative, supporting capacity-building activities for key stakeholders, and undertaking research on PAs and climate change. The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team within IISD and will work closely with colleagues, consultants, and partners in different parts of the world.
The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:
Project Coordination and Implementation (~40%)
Research and Issues Tracking (~30%)
Engagement and Networking (10%):
Communications and Outreach (10%):
Business Development (10%):
Please note that our Resilience team works across multiple time zones. We are looking for someone with a “can-do” work attitude and the ability to 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)
Salary: CHF 96,000–114,000 (based on experience)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: April 30, 2023, at 4 p.m. European Standard Time
All submissions must be in English.
Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR
Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada or Switzerland.
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 the position.