Working with IIED

Who are we and what do we do?

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges. IIED is based in London and works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world's most vulnerable people. We work with them to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them – from village councils to international conventions.

Find out more on our About pages and latest Annual Report.

Where are we?

Based in Central London with an additional small office in Edinburgh.

How big are we?

IIED currently has around 140 members of staff from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, and is continuing to grow. See our staff list for details. In addition, we host a number of associates and interns each year.


At IIED we offer a number of additional benefits to staff. These include:

  • A competitive salary for the sector, with annual cost-of-living-awards and incremental increases. We have also committed to paying the Living Wage
  • 25 days' annual leave per year, increasing annually up to 30 days for full-time staff with 10 years' service. The period between Christmas and new year is additional paid holiday
  • 7.5% employer's pension contributions to the IIED pension scheme, with the option to make an employee contribution
  • An employee protection scheme offering a flexible menu of benefits such as life insurance, spouse and partner life cover, critical illness and/or income protection cover
  • An interest-free season-ticket loan.
  • A cycle-to-work scheme offering tax savings on the cost of purchasing a bike for travel to/from work
  • An employee assistance programme providing work, personal and well-being support through a confidential helpline and online resources
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption policies for eligible employees after a qualifying period
  • Enhanced sick pay entitlements
  • A range of flexible working options for all employees after a qualifying period
  • Support for learning and development through in-depth induction; in-house annual training programme; individual training allowance; attractive study leave and sabbatical policies after a qualifying period; coaching and mentoring scheme, and 
  • Support with relocation costs for staff joining IIED from outside London or Edinburgh.

Living wage logoWe also have a range of activities and social events to promote health and wellbeing, and to help staff enjoy a healthy and cohesive work environment.

Paying the living wage

By paying the Living Wage, IIED is voluntarily taking a stand to ensure our employees earn a wage that is enough to live on. This is just one part of our commitment to recruit, develop and retain a diverse range of talent.

Disability confident

Disability Confident Committed logo As a certified Disability Confident Committed employer, IIED has publicly committed to a range of measures, including ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, offering interviews to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job, anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments and supporting any employeed who acquire a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.

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Internships: learning, experience, training and knowledge


Every year, we take a limited number of interns who each bring different skills and ideas into the organisation

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Competency framework

A model designed to help job applicants better understand the level expected for the position