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Head of global climate law, policy and governance programme (maternity cover)


International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


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July 10, 2024

Head of Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme (Maternity Cover)
Hybrid working (within the UK) with access to our London and Edinburgh offices

About Us

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 across five continents with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voices in the decision-making arenas that affect them. With more than 150 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 over 50 years.

We are also the host of several key initiatives and networks, including the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), the Reversing Environment Degradation in Africa and Asia programme (REDAA) and the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR).

We are now looking for a Head of Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme to join our team on a full-time basis for an 18-month fixed-term contract to cover a period of maternity, working 35 hours per week.

The Benefits

– Salary of up to £80,654 per annum
– 25 days’ annual leave per year
– Closure between Christmas and new year with additional paid holiday
– 7.5% employer’s pension contributions
– An employee protection scheme offering a flexible menu of benefits
– An interest-free season-ticket loan
– A cycle-to-work scheme offering tax savings on the cost of purchasing a bike for travel to and from work
– An employee assistance programme
– Enhanced sick pay entitlements
– Flexible working options
– Support for learning and development
– Compassionate leave up to ten days per annum
– Dependents leave
– Eye tests and glasses
– Therapy treatment

This is an incredible opportunity for a high-calibre individual with substantial experience in multilateral decision-making processes and providing strategic advice in the context of climate diplomacy to join our committed organisation.

Beyond ample remuneration that reflects your expertise and potential, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of hybrid working, with access to our state-of-the-art offices in London and Edinburgh, enabling you to achieve an ideal work/life balance.

The Role

As our Head of Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme, you will design, deliver and provide strategic direction to our programme of work on Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance.

You’ll ensure equity in global decision-making processes as well as the implementation of the Paris agreement, with a focus on the LDC Group, promoting LDC leadership, ownership, and agency.

Supporting our funding strategies, you’ll mobilise funds to sustain the delivery of the programme, assisting with the development of proposals and building relationships with existing and potential partners and donors.

Additionally, you will:

– Direct the development and implementation of ongoing programmes of work and new research agendas
– Support the development of strategic communication strategies
– Coach and line manage a number of staff
– Provide oversight of budgets, monitoring and reporting

About You

To be considered as our Head of Global Climate Law, Policy and Governance Programme, you will need:

– Substantive experience in multilateral decision-making processes, or other relevant area of work
– Experience of providing high-level strategic advice in the context of climate diplomacy
– Experience of securing funds for capacity strengthening and technical assistance projects with partners from the global south
– Strong people management skills
– An excellent understanding of UNFCCC negotiations and operationalisation of the LDC Group in the UN
– An understanding of capacity building, climate finance and gender dimensions of global decision-making processes
– An understanding of legal and policy issues relating to climate action at the global and national levels
– Excellent understanding of climate diplomacy
– Strong networks and relationships with LDC Governments/ UNFCCC focal points
– A post-graduate degree in international law, international relations, international development, global governance, and diplomacy (or a related field) or other relevant experience

Please note, this role requires the ability to travel to UNFCCC conferences and related meetings and work out of hours on occasion to attend UNFCCC-mandated virtual meetings in different global time zones

The closing date for this role is July 10th, 2024.

IIED is a hybrid working organisation and you are likely to be working from home most of the time. As such, you will need a suitable place to work and a reliable, fast internet connection.

Other organisations may call this role Programme Head, Programme Lead, Senior Programme Manager, Climate Change Programme Lead, LDC Support Programme Lead, or Head of Global Climate Law Programme.

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