Project Officer

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Winnipeg, MB, Canada 🇨🇦

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has a growing portfolio of work in the field of sustainable indicator systems, including those focused on tracking the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in local, regional and international contexts. IISD’s SDG Knowledge Program has been working on tools and approaches for improving the tracking of sustainability issues to contribute to improved decision making for sustainable development. IISD wishes to engage a Project Officer to support this body of work. This position will be a full-time position based at IISD’s headquarters office in Winnipeg, Canada.  


IISD has a long history of developing and applying measurement and assessment tools and processes to track the implementation of sustainable development as well as to build the capacity and foster the engagement of policy and decision makers. Since the adoption of the SDGs, the SDG Knowledge Program has focused on providing information and analysis in support of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the 17 SDGs. Our online platforms to track the implementation of sustainable development objectives include the SDG Knowledge Hub ( ) and Peg (

 Position Description

IISD’s SDG Knowledge Program focuses on areas such as indicator design, reporting, foresight and adaptive policy making in Canada and globally. The Project Officer shall contribute to the SDG Knowledge Program’s work on community well-being/sustainability, as well as online data visualizations, data processing and analyses, and communications associated with the projects that the Project Officer undertakes within the Program.


  • Develop and implement indicator systems to track specific sustainability development challenges at the local/city level;
  • Conduct data processing, validation and analyses of specific indicators to track progress related to sustainable development challenges, including the SDGs;
  • Conduct research and analyses diverse sustainability and measurement issues;
  • Support the management and implementation of other initiatives within the SDG Knowledge Program as required, including but not limited to
         Assistance with collaborative planning and management;
         Attending and contributing to meetings; 
         Writing project documents;
         Maintaining contact with key partners and information sources;
         Working with partner organizations.;
         Assist with the maintenance of IISD’s institutional presence in Winnipeg, Canada.



  • Bachelor degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in environmental/sustainability science or policy. An interdisciplinary programme or equivalent is also welcome; educational experience with online indicator databases and/or data management.  


  • Professional experience: A minimum of two years relevant work experience, preferably working in non-governmental organizations or think tanks, government or sectors related to sustainable development;
  • Knowledge: Good knowledge of approaches to design indicator systems, track progress and report on community/sustainability issues and the SDGs. It will be considered an advantage if candidates can demonstrate experience in working with online indicator databases, particularly in designing and managing such databases, and if they can demonstrate practical knowledge of approaches to track progress on sustainability issues/SDGs.


  • Excellent written and spoken English required (our working language is English);
  • Advanced knowledge of French, for  facilitating meetings and conducting email communication, will be considered an advantage;
  • Computer skills (including Excel, PowerPoint and Word) and experience with online data presentation tools;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to translate technical findings from data trends into non-technical reports and communication materials for governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and the public;
  • Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and delivering results with limited supervision; and
  • Strong interpersonal, cross cultural and organizational skills.

We appreciate all candidates, however only those that are currently able to work in Canada will be considered.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017.