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Director of Strategic Impact

International Institute for Environment and Development
Hybrid (within or outside of the UK) with occasional travel to the UK offices
£85,000 to £87,000 per annum
Closing date
20 Dec 2023

Job Details

Director of Strategic Impact
The International Institute for Environment and Development
Hybrid (within or outside of the UK) with occasional travel to the UK offices

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) seeks an environmental and social policy change maker with the passion to explore new ways to unlock progress on tackling the climate, nature and inequality crises.

IIED is a policy and action research organisation promoting sustainable development and linking local priorities to global challenges. We work on six 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 colleagues 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.

IIED is seeking an experienced and well connected global environmental and social policy expert, who wants to help shape its world class research and evidence generation program, take that evidence to the audiences who need to be influenced by it, and get the positive outcomes that the planet and its people urgently need to see.

The Role

This role will require the ability to work respectfully and sensitively with a global base of partners, researchers and academics, economists, social scientists, program managers, communicators, civil servants, politicians and funders. It will require an ability to listen to the expertise of partners in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East about how to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, social injustice and inequality, and support that expertise by helping to shape a fundable and exciting impact-driven programme.

About You

The candidate must be comfortable with, and knowledgeable about, working to affect change in diplomatic and political spheres and understand the 'machinery' and language of climate change and biodiversity negotiations.

The candidate will be used to;

- proposing, pitching and winning multi-year, multimillion funding bids for substantial programs of work, from governments, philanthropies, foundations, businesses and other funding bodies.
- speaking in front of the news camera, available and willing to provide 'on message' comment on behalf of IIED at short notice, and understand that the news cycle is 24/7, highly influential and requires swift response.
- working with versatility, an appetite and willingness to meet partners and funders around the world, a flexible nature that embraces agile thinking and adapts to process changes.

Most importantly perhaps, the candidate will need to understand and demonstrate the values to which IIED holds itself to account:
1. We treat everyone with respect 
2. We take our caring responsibilities seriously 
3. We stand for justice and fairness 
4. We push towards decolonisation 
5. We believe in ethical partnerships and teamwork 
6. We strive to promote transformative change 
7. We champion diversity, equity and inclusion    

The Benefits

- Yearly salary increments
- 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 maternity, paternity and adoption policies
- 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 a really exciting role for the right candidate and would suit an experienced and versatile individual in the global climate change and biodiversity policy influencing world.
Please note, this role is also open to those who live outside the UK, as long as you have the right to work in the country you wish to reside in.

The salary range advertised in GBP is applicable in the UK only, and the salary offer in another country would depend 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.

The closing date for applications is 20th December 2023.

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.

So, if you’re looking for the chance to embark on a rewarding journey as Director of Strategic Impact, please apply via the button shown.

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Our mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence, working in partnership with others.

Our strategy

We deliver original, rigorous research that helps to drive progress, support sustainable development and protect the environment. We identify local solutions that can work at scale and introduce these to global forums.

We are strategic collaborators, innovators, knowledge brokers and agents of change. Our strategy outlines how we aim to grow in scope, reach and reputation.

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