Title of position: Head of Secretariat, National Adaptation Plan Global Network
Organization: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Location: Ottawa or Toronto, Ontario / hybrid
Terms: Permanent, Full-Time
Language of work: English
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 120 people, plus over 150 associates and consultants, come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.
IISD hosts the Secretariat for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network (“The Network”), a leading international initiative focused on accelerating adaptation planning and action in the Global South to reduce the vulnerability of ecosystems, economies, and people—particularly women and marginalized social groups—to the impacts of climate change. Established in 2014 at COP 20, the NAP Global Network currently connects more than 1,500 participants from over 150 countries with financial support from an expanding base of donors.
The Network’s success depends on strengthening technical and institutional capacities, building an active community of experts, and promoting greater global policy recognition around adaptation planning and action. This is achieved through the Network’s three activity areas: a) providing short- and longer-term in-country technical support on adaptation planning, b) facilitating South–South peer learning and exchange, and c) generating, synthesizing, and sharing knowledge on NAP processes. The Network is committed to ensuring that adaptation planning and action are gender equitable and socially inclusive.
The main functions of the Secretariat for the NAP Global Network are participant liaison, thought leadership, coordination of technical support, organization of peer learning events and exchanges, policy tracking, strategic communications, reporting, administration, and fundraising. IISD is responsible for the recruitment and administrative management of this position.
The NAP Global Network’s activities are currently driven by its 2025 strategy with financial support from five governments. As the Network’s profile continues to grow, so too does demand for its resources and support. Moving forward, it will be important to manage these increasing—and evolving—demands for support, secure the additional human and financial resources to meet such demands, leverage the Network’s collective experience to contribute to relevant policy conversations, and have a secretariat that is fit for purpose.
Responsibilities will include:
Strategic leadership and vision
People and program oversight
Fundraising and liaising with donors
Required Knowledge and Experience
Required Skills (Essential)
Behavioural Competencies (Essential)
Wage range: $105,500 CAD – $147,500 CAD
Start date: As soon as possible
The position will be based at either our Ottawa or Toronto, Ontario offices. The applicant’s preferred location should be indicated in their application.
Currently, IISD offers a hybrid work option with a minimum of 2 days required in the office. This may change.
Applications will be accepted only through IISD’s online applicant tracking system. Visit our Employment and Consulting page to apply for this job to submit a CV (no longer than two pages) and a one-page letter of motivation. Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.
All submissions must be in English.
The deadline for submissions is September 6, 2022.
Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. No phone calls or agencies, please.
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 LGBTQ2SIA+ to apply for this position. We offer reasonable accommodations in the recruitment process. Please identify in your cover letter if you need accommodations during the recruitment process.
Ottawa office: 220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1100
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1P 5Z9
Phone: +1 (613) 238 2296
Toronto office: IISD at Centre for Social Innovation
192 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5T 2C2
Phone: +1 (613) 238 2296 ext. 114
Winnipeg office: 111 Lombard Avenue, Suite 325
(Headquarters) Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3B 0T4
Phone: +1 (204) 958 7700
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Aug 5 2022 ID: 65309