Senior Researcher (Climate Change)

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
London or Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Climate Change research group at IIED is looking for a highly skilled individual to contribute to IIED’s work in managing and taking forward the existing programme of work on devolved climate finance (DCF) and community-driven adaptation, while contributing to the wider portfolio of policy-oriented action-research on adaptation and climate finance work in Africa and possibly Asia. 

This role is based in the group's climate resilience, productivity and equity in the drylands team. The primary functions of the post-holder will include overseeing the design, implementation and monitoring of action-research activities, as well as the recruitment and supervision of external consultant researchers as necessary. 

The post-holder will manage working relationships with existing DCF partners in Kenya, mainland Tanzania, Mali and Senegal and scale-out the devolved climate finance mechanism to new countries in Africa and possibly Asia, seeking and establishing new partnerships with national and sub-national governments, civil society, research institutions and the private sector.

The work will include the development of innovative action-research methodologies and techniques for inclusive, transparent and accountable decision-making and the promotion of equitable and sustainable climate resilient development particularly, but not exclusively, in the drylands.

The post-holder will be responsible for the analysis and publication of research findings, the organisation and facilitation of international meetings, and writing and speaking for professional and general audiences. The post-holder will contribute to budget and financial management under the responsibility of the senior coordinator.

The post-holder will be responsible for developing and submitting funding bids, including fundraising their own salary and that of colleagues within their team with the support of the team leader and the senior coordinator, while providing for the financial and technical resources needed to deliver the work under their responsibility. He/she will also provide strategic inputs to fundraising at the team, group and institute level.

To succeed in this role, you must have a postgraduate qualification in a social science or environmental discipline. Your knowledge will include excellent understanding of climate change public policy responses, climate finance and climate change in the Least Developed Countries within Africa. An excellent understanding of the dynamics of dryland economies, societies and ecologies and their adaptation challenges and opportunities, and a good understanding of the dynamics and issues arising through devolution and reforms to the relations between state and citizen are also required.

You will have substantial professional experience of managing multi-country programmes or projects using consortiums as the management and decision-making framework, plus a demonstrable success of using a “problem driven” approach to frame action research activities in support of strengthening institutions to deliver equitable outcomes, particularly in the drylands. You will have demonstrable experience of working with governments, particularly local governments, on mainstreaming climate adaptation and finance into planning systems.

You will be fluent in English with a strong command of French, have the ability to convey clear, complex messages; and your excellent communication and interpersonal skills will inspire engagement among diverse partners. 

Applications are welcome from all candidates who meet the experience, knowledge and skills requirements outlined in the job description.

How to apply: 

IIED is committed to diversity and equal opportunities. Applications are welcome from all duly qualified candidates who meet the stated criteria.

The interviews will be held in the week commencing 12 November 2018.

Application documents: 

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