Policy Analyst (Resilience)

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Winnipeg, MB, CA

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries. We are currently looking for a Policy Analyst to work in our Winnipeg office.  

The Policy Analyst will provide research, project management, and communication support for IISD’s Resilience Team and its work related to climate change adaptation in Canada, with a focus on the Prairies region.  

The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to: 

  • Undertaking substantive research and preparing written and verbal reports that accurately synthesize and assess findings, as part of projects led by other IISD personnel.
  • Developing communication products—such as issue briefs, blogs, and case studies—supporting website content development, and hosting of webinars.
  • Organizing and documenting meetings of various sizes, including identifying and inviting participants, developing agendas, facilitating sessions, and producing meeting reports.
  • Contributing to the preparation of narrative and financial reports to funders.
  • Working collaboratively with partners in government, the private sector, and research and non-governmental organizations, as well as with consultants.
  • Tracking issues related to climate change adaptation in Canada and other countries.
  • Supporting other IISD personnel with the management of external relations, identification of new opportunities, and development of proposals.
  • Establishing and actively maintaining a network of partners and contacts engaged in efforts related to climate change adaptation, including individuals from governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and academia.
  • Representing IISD at provincial, national, and international forums.
  • Contributing to the broader portfolio of IISD’s work on climate adaptation in developing countries as appropriate. 

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation, climate risk management, and/or resilience-building, particularly as it pertains to Canada and its Prairie provinces.
  • Strong research skills and analytical capacity. 
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, including ability to coordinate meetings and events.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Capacity to develop budgets and track expenditures.
  • Be results-focused, with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and to work quickly and accurately under tight deadlines
  • Flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature, and of short- and long-term duration. 
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office applications, and experience in handling web-based communications and management systems.
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work independently with limited guidance.

Additionally, it would be an asset for the Policy Analyst to have an understanding of one or more of the following:

  • Policy and planning processes at the provincial and/or municipal level.
  • Communication and engagement strategies, particularly in relation to climate change.
  • Economic analysis tools, including cost-benefit analysis and regression analysis. 


  • A minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field of the social or natural sciences (e.g., geography, political science, urban planning, sociology, economics, ecology).
  • A minimum three years of relevant work experience in the field of climate change and/or sustainable development.
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Ability to work (read, write, speak) in French or Spanish would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of international development and experience working in developing countries would be considered an asset.
  • Prior experience working with Indigenous communities would be considered an asset.
  • Availability to travel within Canada and internationally.
  • Must be currently eligible to work in Canada.  

Location: Winnipeg  

Term: Full-time  

Salary: $45,000–$52,000 (CAD)  

Start Date: May 4, 2020  

Closing date: April 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CDT  

All submissions must be in English. 

IISD is committed to equal opportunity. 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





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