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Coordinator and Policy Analyst (CCICED SISO)
Coordinator and Policy Analyst (CCICED SISO)

Coordinator and Policy Analyst (CCICED SISO)

Company : IISD
Salary : $60,000 - $69,000 a year
Location : Manitoba

Full Description

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

IISD is seeking an outgoing, motivated, and highly organized individual to join our team as a Special Policy Study (SPS) Coordinator and Policy Analyst to support the Economic Law and Policy Program, including support to projects in China. In addition to being a strong coordinator and researcher, the incumbent must be a fluent or native speaker of Mandarin Chinese. The SPS Coordinator and Policy Analyst should have experience in developing and implementing strategies to coordinate and support research activities. The successful candidate will have strong working knowledge of issues in environmental governance or sustainable trade and investment and also be an excellent planner, organizer, and multitasker. The SPS Coordinator and Policy Analyst will report to the ELP Group Director.

Responsibilities: *

Project coordination and implementation (30%):

  • Designing, convening, facilitating, and contributing to workshops, meetings, dialogues, and other events of various sizes.
  • Supporting senior stakeholders and preparing inputs to statements by members of the team.
  • Assisting in the organization of panels, round tables, etc., for international policy discussions and dialogues; following these discussions and dialogues and preparing summary reports.
  • Initiating and coordinating projects of various sizes with the support of team members, including recruiting and supervising consultants and ensuring the highest quality of all deliverables.

Communications and outreach (30%):

  • Facilitating and supporting regular communication with research teams, experts, members, and external partners of relevant projects.
  • Preparing and managing newsletters and social media posts under the guidance and instruction of senior staff.
  • Preparing blogs and presentations that summarize relevant work on environment governance as well as sustainable trade and investment with limited oversight and editing.
  • Sharing research results through webinars, workshops, conferences, and other events.
  • Representing IISD at various meetings and forums.

Research (20%):

  • Undertaking substantive reviews and background research on environmental governance as well as sustainable trade and investment matters.
  • Delivering analyses and writing reports, papers, case studies, and issue briefs that accurately synthesize and assess research findings.
  • Following and summarizing news and events pertaining to global environmental governance and sustainable trade and investment as well as regional and national development, with a focus on Asia and greater China region.

Engagement (10%):

  • Working collaboratively with partners in government, the private sector, research, and non-governmental organizations, as well as with consultants, to advance IISD’s strategic objectives related to environment and sustainable development.

Business Development (10%):

  • Supporting other IISD personnel with the development of new project ideas and proposals related to environmental governance as well as sustainable trade and investment.

Required Skills

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

Substantive knowledge:

  • Practical experience working on issues in environmental governance or sustainable trade and investment.
  • Substantive knowledge of two or more of the following issues, particularly as they pertain to government policy and planning processes:
  • Environmental economics
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services, the role of ecosystems for climate adaptation, and nature conservation
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Integrated ocean management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • International and development economics
  • International economic law
  • Strong research skills and analytical capacity, and the ability to become familiar with new topics quickly.
  • Experience working with national governments is desirable.
  • Experience in intergovernmental processes is desirable.
  • Experience in policy formulation is desirable.

Project management skills

  • Strong project management and demonstrated organizational and planning skills, including an ability to coordinate complex, multi-partner projects in multicultural contexts.
  • Experience working for an intergovernmental secretariat is desirable.

Communication skills

  • Excellent writing skills and strong oral communication skills; capacity to clearly and succinctly communicate policy issues and research findings to different audiences via different platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.

Additional skills

  • Be results-focused with an ability to work quickly, independently, and accurately while managing multiple tasks and meeting tight deadlines.
  • 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 a relevant field of the social or natural sciences (e.g., ecology, economics, environmental management, law, political science, sociology) or in another similar area.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of environmental governance, international trade, and investment.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Mandarin. Ability to work (read, write, speak) in another language would be an asset.
  • The following would be considered strong assets:
  • Knowledge of international development and experience in the Global South
  • Experience in China’s national policy and planning processes
  • Prior experience working in Chinese government agencies
  • Availability to travel from time to time internationally.

The contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal. It will be based in one of IISD’s Canada offices—Toronto, Ottawa, or Winnipeg. 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 in IISD’s Toronto, Ottawa, or Winnipeg office

Salary: CAD 60,000 - CAD 69,000 (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.

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 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.

Job Type: Full-time