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Nature Finance Advisor, Remote, Home based
Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Country: Remote
City: Home-based
Office: IISD in Home-based

This position will be located in either Johannesburg (South Africa), Kigali (Rwanda) or Dire Dawa (Ethiopia) – Please note that only candidates located in one of these three cities will be considered.


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 270 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in more than 100 countries.

The Position

We are seeking a dedicated individual to join the sustainable finance team as part of IISD’s Infrastructure and Finance Program. The chosen candidate will support the Scaling Urban NbS for Climate Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SUNCASA) project, with a focus on the economic assessment and financing of nature-based solutions (NbS) in urban areas. The SUNCASA project is about engaging local partners and communities to design and implement NbS to support climate adaptation and biodiversity protection in urban communities and watersheds in sub-Saharan Africa. The project also aims to enhance gender-responsive and inclusive governance of NbS in these communities. A notable part of the Nature Finance Advisor’s contribution will involve using IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) methodology for projects in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and South Africa. This role will encompass contributing to assessments of nature-based infrastructure projects and building spreadsheets for delivering financial and cost-benefit analyses. The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely with IISD affiliates, consultants, and interlocutors in different parts of the world. The SUNCASA project is a collaboration with the World Resources Institute.


The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to the following: Research

 Undertaking substantive reviews and background research on financing policies, plans, schemes, and strategies related to NbS.
 Preparing papers and presentations that accurately synthesize and assess research findings.

 Following and summarizing news and events pertaining to finance for NbS.
Project Implementation and Management

 Organizing training sessions and workshops on integrated cost-benefit analysis and finance for NbS.
 Coordinating with local partners on the delivery of economic- and finance-related activities.

 Writing reports, briefs, blogs, and case studies that are “publication ready” with limited oversight and editing.
 Sharing research results through webinars, workshops, conferences, and other events.
Business Development

 Supporting the team with the development of new project ideas and proposals to help IISD expand its engagement with funders, national governments, and international organizations on various sustainable finance topics.

 Working collaboratively with partners in government, the private sector, and research and non-governmental organizations, as well as with consultants.
 Establishing and actively maintaining a network of partners and contacts engaged in efforts in sustainable finance, including individuals from governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and academia.

 Representing IISD at relevant forums and expert groups.

Required Skills

Candidates are expected to have the following set of skills:

 In-depth understanding of the financing of NbS, including familiarity with financing mechanisms and best practices, also as they relate to developing countries and policy and planning processes.
 Experience in the economic valuation of NbS would be an asset.
 Knowledge of infrastructure finance and preferably the measuring and valuing of sustainability impacts. 
 A good understanding of climate finance and just transition, including challenges and solutions to mobilize investment, would be an asset.
 Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, ideally with experience in financial modelling, and the ability to create complex spreadsheets for decision
 Strong research skills and analytical capacity, and the ability to become familiar with new topics quickly.
 Excellent writing skills and strong oral communication skills; capacity to clearly and succinctly communicate research findings to different audiences.
 Motivated self-starter with an ability to work independently and to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
 The ability to prioritize and work quickly and accurately to meet tight deadlines.
 Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, including the ability to facilitate training sessions and events.
 Strong interpersonal and networking skills.


Candidates are expected to possess the following qualifications:

 A master’s degree or equivalent in finance, economics, public policy, or environmental sciences.
 A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in finance or economics and sustainable development.
 Fluent in written and spoken English. The ability to work in French would be considered an
 Knowledge of international development and experience working in developing countries.
 Availability to travel internationally.

Candidates must be located and have the right to work in one of the following cities: Johannesburg (South Africa), Kigali (Rwanda), or Dire Dawa (Ethiopia).

Duration: Indeterminate

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and location

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: Recruitment will be on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Application Procedure

All submissions must be in English.

Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR.

 A CV (no longer than two pages)
 A one-page letter of motivation
 IISD Voluntary Self-Identification Questionnaire (optional)

Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for 1 year.

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 2SLGBTQIA+, to apply for this position. Preference will be given to the equity-deserving groups during the hiring process. We offer reasonable accommodations in our recruitment process and seek applicants’ advice on how best to accommodate their needs. Please self-identify and answer our employment equity questionnaire on our applicant tracking system when you apply.

IISD does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, caste, ethnicity, religion, colour, disability, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status


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