Junior Economist, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Junior Economist – Trade and Investment, Climate Change and Energy

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    Geneva, Switzerland

    Effective: Immediately
    Pay scale: CHF70,000–90,000 per annum
    Time Commitment: Full Time
    Location: Geneva, Switzerland

We are seeking a Junior Economist to support the work of two of IISD’s largest and most high-profile teams: Trade and Investment, and Climate Change and Energy. The Junior Economist will assist the Senior Economist in delivering a wide range of projects and initiatives, covering cutting-edge issues in the global responses to trade, investment and climate change issues.

Terms of Reference

Based in IISD’s Geneva office but working on projects around the world, the position entails the following tasks:

  • conducting primary research, data collection and analysis, and literature reviews;
  • developing analytical methods and tools, including spreadsheet analysis;
  • writing papers, policy briefs, web articles, press briefings and other communication tools;
  • representing the IISD in a range of fora;
  • engaging in studies which are likely to cover many countries; and
  • assisting with the development of outreach events and conferences.

Specific work topics vary, but will focus on improving sustainable development. They are likely to include border carbon adjustment, sectoral agreements, NAMAs, pricing policy and subsidies, institutional analysis of the World Trade Organization and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change impacts of trade on development and the environment, the green economy and low carbon development pathways, world energy and commodity markets, energy-intensive industry, power generation, carbon capture and storage, and energy security of supply. For further details of IISD’s current work, please see: Climate Change and Energy and International Trade.

Reporting will be to the Senior Economist in the first instance, and then to the Director, Trade and Investment or his designate.


  • Acceptable post-secondary degree in economics or a closely related discipline.

  • At least two years’ relevant working experience; more experienced applicants are welcome to apply.

  • Strengths in the quantitative aspects of economics (modeling, numerical and statistical analysis, microeconomics, finance, markets, and data collection and analysis) are valued more highly than environmental economics.

  • Experience in developing country issues and work experience within them would be an advantage. Knowledge and experience of energy and climate change technologies, policy and markets is required.

  • Knowledge and experience of any or all of trade, energy-intensive industries and investment is an advantage.

  • Detailed understanding of the EU Emission Trade Scheme, North American proposals or other greenhouse gas trading schemes is an advantage.

  • Experience working with or for governments, development banks, the International Energy Agency, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development or other inter-governmental organizations.

  • Good network of academic and professional contacts.

  • Self-starter.

  • Ability to work independently and produce quality work without close supervision.

The primary working language is English and the applicant must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills. In addition, the following would be considered an advantage:

  • French and/or additional language skills.
  • Swiss nationality; Swiss C, B or G permits or EC European nationality.

Application Procedure

  • Please send a CV (no longer than two pages including the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references) as well as a covering letter (one page) to: Fariba Di Benedetto-Achtari (fdibenedetto-achtari@iisd.org). Electronic applications are preferred—there is no need to provide hard copies.

  • The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2010.

  • IISD will conduct initial interviews by telephone to generate a short list and then physical interviews for candidates subsequently shortlisted.

IISD is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or disability.

Please note: While IISD is grateful for all applications, only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.