Wanted: Senior consultant to develop nature, climate and development work

Article, 18 May 2020

IIED is seeking a senior consultant for an 18-month role guiding work on nature, climate change and development ahead of the biodiversity and climate COPs in 2021.

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An experienced senior consultant is needed to develop and then lead IIED’s advocacy and engagement on its ‘triple agenda’ - nature, climate and development – of policymaking and programming.

The triple agenda policy lead role is currently intended to be a part-time role, covering the next 18 months in the run-up to the planned biodiversity and climate Conferences of the Parties (COPs) in 2021. However, it may expand to be full-time in the next few months, with an additional closer focus on climate change diplomacy.

The consultant will have a thorough knowledge of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes, as well as other UN environmental policy processes, and will be well placed to ensure IIED’s inputs and interventions have as much impact as possible.

Key to this role will be identifying critical moments in the CBD, UNFCCC and wider UN policy processes and negotiations (such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN General Assembly and the Global Commission on Adaptation) to promote IIED policy positions, including our work on:

We will also be expecting the consultant to help design and coordinate an effective engagement and advocacy strategy for 2020/21, including small and large events; interventions in negotiations; briefings and blogs; and media outreach – working closely with IIED’s Communications Group.

Job details

Deadline: Midnight on Saturday, 30 May, 2020
Salary: In the region of £400/day, negotiable depending on experience 
Contract length: 18 months. Initially an average of 2.5 days/week but with flexibility required. Potential to increase days/week depending on funding

Download the full job description and specification (PDF) for details of the qualifications and competencies for the role.


Applications, including a CV and a covering letter, should be sent to Dilys Roe (dilys.roe@iied.org) no later than Saturday, 30 May, with a view to starting as soon as possible after being appointed.

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