Researcher (Drylands)

7 August 2019
Climate Change research group
Contract type: 
Fixed term
Grade 5 £31,433 - £34,589 p.a. (up to £39,007 for exceptional candidates) depending on experience
Closing date: 
17:00 hours, Monday 26th August

The Climate Change Group (CCG) at IIED is looking for a Researcher to support delivery of IIED’s climate finance and drylands work programme.

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. We are based in London and work on five continents with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them. With more than 100 members of staff working with associates and partners around the world, IIED has been at the forefront of evidence-based policymaking in sustainable development for nearly 50 years.

The Climate Change Group of IIED, in conjunction with partners, seeks to secure an equitable deal for the poorest communities in developing countries who are exposed to increasingly severe and unpredictable weather events that can devastate communities, destroy livelihoods and exacerbate poverty. IIED emphasizes capacity strengthening through collaborative research with individuals and organizations in the South.

This role is based in the Climate Change Group’s Climate Resilience, Productivity and Equity in the Drylands Team.  The primary functions of the post holder will, under the guidance of more senior researchers, include contributing to the development of research themes related to climate finance, adaptation and resilience.   You will manage working relationships with existing DCF partners in Kenya, mainland Tanzania, Mali and Senegal.

To succeed in this role, you must have a master’s qualification in development studies or related field.  Your knowledge will include excellent understanding of issues and concepts relating to climate change, adaptation and resilience; the dynamics of dryland economies, societies and ecologies and their adaptation challenges and opportunities.

You will have substantial professional experience of working in multi-country programmes or projects and of collaborative working with partner n areas where climate finance is delivered.  As such, your communication and interpersonal skills will be second to none as are your skills in quantitative data analysis and methods.

The role involves travel totalling approximately 3 months over the year, so willingness and ability to do so is important.

For further information about the requirements of the role and to how to make an application please go to

Closing date: 17:00 hours, Monday 26th August

Interviews: 12th September

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

For more information please see the job description.

This post is not open to sponsorship. Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible as should we receive a high number of responses we may close the position sooner than the given deadline.

IIED aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all areas of the community.

How to apply: 

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

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