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Policy Analyst, NAP Global Network


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 270 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in more than 100 countries. 

About the Position

The policy analyst will support the research and activities of the NAP Global Network Secretariat, which is hosted by the IISD Resilience program.

Among other tasks, the policy analyst will conduct research and analysis related to NAP documents and processes to advance the NAP Global Network Secretariat’s objective on generating, synthesizing, and sharing knowledge.

The policy analyst will also be the lead responsible for updating the NAP Trends database. This will involve reviewing NAP documents, inputting data into the database, doing quality assurance on the data entered, and continuously updating the guidance for the management of data.

The policy analyst reports to the NAP Global Network Knowledge Manager.


The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include the following:

Strategy, Vision, and Team Leadership

  • Contribute to identifying challenges, emerging issues, and solutions within the NAP Global Network’s knowledge activities.
  • Within all NAP Global Network research projects and, more broadly, promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Manage own time and inputs into projects to deliver research outputs on time and to budget.
  • Manage relationships with external contractors engaged to support NAP Global Network knowledge activities (i.e., maintenance of NAP Trends, development of a NAP research portal).


  • Management of the NAP Trends database, including ongoing reviews of NAP documents using the methodology established by the NAP Global Network, inputting data and information in the database back end, and updating the data entry guidance to ensure consistency across document reviews.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research and write reports for the NAP Global Network, working with external contractors as required.
  • Draft research and other project outputs to the required standard, including research reports, policy briefs, and technical reports, including regular analysis of NAP documents and related documents from NAP processes.
  • Undertake analysis and evaluation of approaches and methodologies used for NAP Global Network research.
  • Develop evaluation criteria, methodology and systems and implement them in NAP Global Network research, including supporting the development of an internal NAP research portal.
  • Support information management of NAP Global Network knowledge assets through maintaining an internal “Knowledge Toolkit” on SharePoint.
  • Prepare, present, and communicate high-quality research findings to priority audiences.

Communications and Outreach

  • Assist in communicating the knowledge work of the NAP Global Network to priority audiences, including attending events and developing outreach materials.
  • Maintain contacts with NAP Global Network partners.
  • Supporting the organization of peer-to-peer learning events, webinars, and other virtual events organized by the Resilience Program. The policy analyst will support the organization and facilitation of these events, which may include support for the development of PowerPoints and other materials, including pre- and post-surveys, managing technology and/or note-taking during the session, and synthesis of key messages for communications and knowledge products.

Ongoing Support to the Resilience Program 

In addition to the above, ongoing or ad hoc tasks may include:

  • Participating in weekly Resilience team meetings, as well as other meetings as requested by the Knowledge Manager.
  • Supporting secondary research and interviews with partners to gather information on other resilience topics.
  • Preparing summaries of projects or documents to support communication and the implementation of Resilience projects.


  • A master’s degree or equivalent in international development, climate change, environmental studies, environmental education, geography, conservation, or another similar area.
  • Availability to travel internationally.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience in a relevant position, focusing on data management and analysis.
  • Understanding of climate change adaptation, particularly in the Global South.
  • Knowledge of international development.
  • Desirable: Experience reviewing policy documents.


  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to become familiar with new topics quickly.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Desirable: Ability to work in French and/or Spanish is a strong asset.

 Behavioral Competencies:

  • Results-focused, able to work quickly and accurately to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of the results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work comfortably across different cultures, be inclusive, positive, and a good communicator.
  • Curious and committed to learning, working to understand the people, concepts, and issues that drive our work. Asks questions and seeks answers.

Position Details

Location:  Canada, preference where IISD has offices in Winnipeg, Ottawa, or Toronto.

**Candidates must have the authorization to work in Canada during the time of their employment with IISD. IISD is not able to sponsor work permits.**

 Salary: $52,000–$57,000 CAD Annually (based on experience and location)

Term of employment: Full-time

Duration: Indefinite

Application deadline: July 5, 2024

Start Date: immediate opportunity

Application Procedure

Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR. Please include the following:

Please submit your applications here: Bamboo HR.

Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.

Selected candidates will be asked to submit a written test and be interviewed by IISD.

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. Preference will be given to the equity-deserving groups during the hiring process. We offer reasonable accommodations in our recruitment process and seek applicants’ advice on how best to accommodate their needs. Please self-identify and answer our employment equity questionnaire on our applicant tracking system when you apply.

IISD does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, colour, disability, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.