IISD Internships

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Employment



Programme Manager, Global Subsidies Initiative, Energy Programme

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

IISD-Europe is a not-for-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland with the objective to provide "better living for all—sustainably." It works across the world from main offices in Geneva (Switzerland) and Canada, but has a growing presence in Beijing, Delhi and Jakarta and is exploring strengthening these and other locations as it seeks to influence policy-makers in key countries.

We have recently restructured around five programmes. Energy is fundamental to development and how it is supplied and consumed is fundamental to whether such development is sustainable or not. Our wide-ranging "Energy" programme (www.iisd.org/energy) has three pillars: Subsidies (based around IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative); Electricity; and Climate Change Mitigation.

The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, www.iisd.org/gsi) is the leading non-governmental program working on energy subsidies. The GSI is looking for a full-time Programme Manager to build and expand its work on supporting subsidy reform, principally relating to subsidies to energy consumers in developing countries.

The GSI assesses the economic, social and environmental impacts of subsidies for energy (including fossil fuels, biofuels, renewable electricity technologies and nuclear power) and water. It provides policy advice on their reform where subsidies are found to undermine sustainable development. It operates at both international and national levels. Internationally, it engages with international organisations such as the ADB, GIZ, the IEA, the IMF, the OECD, OPEC and the World Bank, as well as groups and processes such as the APEC, the Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform, the G-20, the SDGs, the UNFCCC and the WTO. At the national level, it has conducted projects and in some cases has ongoing work programmes in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, Turkey and Viet Nam, working with a wide range of stakeholders to look at issues such as alternative pricing mechanisms, the impacts of subsidies, the impacts of reform and how to overcome political economy challenges.

The Programme Manager will contribute strongly to developing, expanding and managing the GSI's programme on energy consumer subsidy reform. Reporting to the Energy Director, the Programme Manager would also be expected to represent the GSI at events and dialogues with medium- to high-level officials, to contribute to other parts of the GSI and to our wider Energy programme (Electricity and Climate Change Mitigation) and to travel on a regular basis. He/she will also be expected to play an active role in the GSI's fund-raising, helping to coordinate proposal-writing and taking part in meetings with donors as necessary. The Programme Manager will manage and develop staff within the GSI.

The Programme Manager will contribute strongly to developing, expanding and managing the GSI's programme on energy consumer subsidy reform. Reporting to the Energy Director, the Programme Manager would also be expected to represent the GSI at events and dialogues with medium- to high-level officials, to contribute to other parts of the GSI and to our wider Energy programme (Electricity and Climate Change Mitigation) and to travel on a regular basis. He/she will also be expected to play an active role in the GSI's fund-raising, helping to coordinate proposal-writing and taking part in meetings with donors as necessary. The Programme Manager will manage and develop staff within the GSI.

Responsibilities

Skills

Qualifications

Salary depends on experience.

Starting date: January 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications

IISD is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or disability.




Research Officer, Global Subsidies Initiative, Energy Programme

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

IISD-Europe is a not-for-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland with the objective to provide "better living for all—sustainably." It works across the world from main offices in Geneva (Switzerland) and Canada, but has a growing presence in Beijing, Delhi and Jakarta and is exploring strengthening these and other locations as it seeks to influence policy-makers in key countries.

We have recently restructured around five programmes. Energy is fundamental to development and how it is supplied and consumed is fundamental to whether such development is sustainable or not. Our wide-ranging "Energy" programme (www.iisd.org/energy) has three pillars: Subsidies (based around IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative); Electricity; and Climate Change Mitigation.

The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, www.iisd.org/gsi) is the leading non-governmental program working on energy subsidies. The GSI is looking for a full-time Research Officer to build and expand its work on supporting subsidy reform, principally relating to subsidies to energy consumers in developing countries.

The GSI assesses the economic, social and environmental impacts of subsidies for energy (including fossil fuels, biofuels, renewable electricity technologies and nuclear power) and water. It provides policy advice on their reform where subsidies are found to undermine sustainable development. It operates at both international and national levels. Internationally, it engages with international organisations such as the ADB, GIZ, the IEA, the IMF, the OECD, OPEC and the World Bank, as well as groups and processes such as the APEC, the Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform, the G-20, the SDGs, the UNFCCC and the WTO. At the national level, it has conducted projects and in some cases has ongoing work programmes in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, Turkey and Viet Nam, working with a wide range of stakeholders to look at issues such as alternative pricing mechanisms, the impacts of subsidies, the impacts of reform and how to overcome political economy challenges.

The Research Officer will contribute to the GSI's national-level fossil-fuel consumer subsidy projects and programmes which seek to develop extensive domestic networks, build the capacity of domestic organisations and to influence more sustainable policy change in specific countries where energy subsidy reform is a particularly pressing concern. Typical projects include improving the available estimates of consumer subsidies for fossil fuels; estimating their impacts and the impacts of different reform scenarios, including the reallocation of subsidies to social protection and infrastructure; identifying stakeholder knowledge, views and concerns; and sharing information with governments and domestic coalitions of civil society to encourage change that is sustainable. It is anticipated that the Research Officer will assist with the day-to-day management of at least one of the targeted in-country programmes described above, and eventually graduate to taking full responsibility for the programme. This would include co-designing research projects with national partners, managing projects, ensuring quality control and at times conducting discrete parts of research. The position would also require the research officer to organise GSI events, to represent the GSI at events and to contribute to proposals for project funding. The Research Officer may also be required to contribute to other programs, notably on renewable energy policy and the development of sustainable electricity systems.

Responsibilities

Skills

Qualifications

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

Salary depends on experience.

Starting date: January 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications

IISD is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or disability.




Research Officer, Electricity

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

IISD-Europe is a not-for-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland with the objective to provide "better living for all—sustainably." It works across the world from main offices in Geneva (Switzerland) and Canada, but has a growing presence in Beijing, Delhi and Jakarta and is exploring strengthening these and other locations as it seeks to influence policy-makers in key countries.

We have recently restructured around five programmes. Energy is fundamental to development and how it is supplied and consumed is fundamental to whether such development is sustainable or not. Our wide-ranging "Energy" programme (www.iisd.org/energy) has three pillars: Subsidies (based around IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative); Electricity; and Climate Change Mitigation.

The Electricity programme aims to demonstrate to countries that sustainable electricity systems are preferable and to then support them in their implementation. The expanding Electricity programme is looking for a full-time Research Officer to strengthen and support its work.

The Electricity work programme brings together and builds upon our established work on the effectiveness of renewable energy subsidies, wider renewable energy policy, green industrial policy, competitiveness and policy implementation support. It assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of electricity sector policies and promotes the adoption of sustainable development principles in the electricity sector. Sustainable electricity systems are defined as those that are able to recover costs, make investments for the future, deliver reliable electricity supplies and meet environmental and social norms. Building on this framework, we seek to examine electricity sector policy and evaluate whether it currently meets the needs of each country. A particular focus of this analysis concerns the impact of fossil-fuel subsidies on the sector and the potential for renewable energy to contribute to the energy mix of the future. Our work to date has focused on emerging economies including China and on countries where fossil fuel subsidies are in conflict with renewable energy policy such as North Africa.

The Research Officer will contribute to the national and international projects and programmes, which seek to promote sustainable electricity markets through the adoption of policies that take into account the social and environmental impacts of electricity policy. The work will include collaboration with national consultants and domestic organisations to promote policy change in specific countries that face particularly challenging conditions in the electricity sector, such as a failure to keep pace with demand or insolvency of key electricity sector organisations. Typical projects include the analysis of carbon prices or other environmental fiscal reform measures on renewable energy; the evaluation of the political economy of electricity sectors in response to proposed reforms; or cross country comparison of renewable energy support programmes.

It is anticipated that the Research Officer will assist with the day-to-day management of in-country programmes described above, and graduate to taking full responsibility for at least one of these programmes. This would include co-designing research projects with national partners, managing projects, ensuring quality control and at times conducting discrete parts of research. The position would also require the research officer to organise events, to represent the organization at events and to contribute to proposals for project funding. The Research Officer may also be required to contribute to other programmes, notably on the impact of fossil fuel subsidies on energy systems.

Responsibilities

Skills

Qualifications

Applicants should possess the following qualifications:

Salary depends on experience.

Starting date: January 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications

IISD is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or disability.

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