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Head of Learning and Knowledge Management- LIFE-AR


International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


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Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK    London, London, UK    Outside of the UK, Outside of the UK, Outside of the UK    UK, UK, UK    

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Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK    London, London, UK    Outside of the UK, Outside of the UK, Outside of the UK    UK, UK, UK    

Application Deadline

May 30, 2024

The Organisation
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 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.

The LDC Initiative for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (LIFE-AR) is an LDC (Least Developed Countries) led and owned initiative with the objective of developing long-term climate adaptation delivery mechanisms that enable investment behind local priorities, strengthening national institutions, domestic systems and capabilities, and influencing the climate finance architecture to improve LDCs ability to access climate finance for transformational adaptation. IIED is currently acting as the ‘interim’ Secretariat for LIFE-AR.

We are currently seeking a Head of Learning and Knowledge Management to join our team as part of the LIFE-AR initiative on a full-time basis, on a two-year fixed-term contract.

The Benefits
– Salary of £64,814 – £80,654 per annum (pro rata) with annual cost-of-living-awards and incremental increases
– 25 days’ annual leave per year, increasing with service (pro rata)
– Closure between Christmas and new year with additional paid holiday
– 7.5% employer’s pension contributions (applicable to those based in UK)
– 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 maternity, paternity and adoption policies
– Enhanced sick pay entitlements, increasing with length of service
– Flexible working options
– Support for learning and development
– Compassionate leave up to ten days per annum
– Dependents leave
– Eye tests and glasses
– Therapy treatment

The salary range advertised in GBP is applicable in the UK only, and the salary offer and some of the benefits in another country would vary depending on the local terms and conditions. We only use the UK salary structure to determine starting salaries, but it will not apply to salaries outside the UK thereafter.

If you’re an expert on Learning and Knowledge management and have worked with multi stakeholder platforms and have a working knowledge of French, this is your chance to further your career as part of the leadership team in our growing initiative and help us make the world a better place.

Not only will you be assisting us in promoting effective Learning and knowledge management across LDCs and using lessons to influence global practice, but you will make a real impact influencing climate change adaptation practices at scale.

What’s more, you will discover an organisation with like-minded individuals all focused on enhancing peer to peer learning and influencing the wider climate finance landscape, while playing a vital role in challenging power dynamics, promoting equity and a sustainable planet for now and future generations to come.

The Role
As our Head of Learning and Knowledge Management, you will provide strategic and technical leadership to the Learning and knowledge management across LIFE-AR.

Working closely with the Secretariat Director, the LIFE-AR Technical Lead and the leadership team, you will set the learning agenda in support of the LDC 2050 Vision, and support a culture of continuous learning and knowledge sharing across LIFE-AR countries and with other relevant global initiatives.

You will also support the LDC platform, LIFE-AR secretariat, Front Runner Countries (FRCs), and second cohort countries and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing and management.

Setting the learning agenda and key learning questions for the initiative, you will ensure that learning objectives are LDC-led and research processes deliver strong and relevant evidence to contribute to good global practice and informing adaptive management.

Additionally, you will:
– Lead, identify and support the content development for global influencing opportunities
– Support the establishment of innovative and business unusual Communities of Practice
– Work with country focal points to identify country learning opportunities

About you:

– Experience in learning and knowledge management in senior roles;
– Experience of applying participatory methods and analytical frameworks, involving a wide range of stakeholders;
– Experience of working with local partners in a variety of geographies and contexts;
– Experience of successfully working in a collaborative manner with multistakeholder platforms across government, civil society, academia, and international development partners;
– French language skills, alongside fluency in English;
– A degree in a relevant subject OR commensurate experience;

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