Policy Analyst, Food and Agriculture (Africa, Europe, UK Remote)

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. IISD is looking for a Policy Analyst to join an international team of lawyers, policy advisors, and economists working to change rules and policies on trade and investment in food and agriculture. 


  • Contribute to the development of our research agenda, particularly at the intersection of agriculture and food systems and climate change.
  • Conduct research and policy analysis to inform legal, policy, and institutional reforms for more equitable, sustainable, and resilient agriculture and food systems.
  • Author or co-author research papers, policy briefs, articles, and other outputs for publication.
  • Provide policy analysis and advice to policy-makers and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor international developments, processes, and debates in relevant areas and keep up to date with research in these areas.
  • Engage with and contribute to international normative processes and policy debates.
  • Represent IISD at relevant events (meetings, forums, conferences, etc.).
  • Support the organization of IISD events.
  • Promote and disseminate the team’s work, including through social media channels.
  • Contribute to building the team’s network of researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers working in relevant areas.
  • Liaise with partner institutions and explore and develop opportunities for collaboration.
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals. 

Knowledge and Qualifications: 


  • A demonstrated interest in promoting sustainable development and more equitable, sustainable, and resilient agriculture and food systems.
  • A degree and post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., public policy, economics, law, politics, international relations, development studies, environment, and climate change).
  • Ideally, at least 3 years of experience in an international policy development research environment (e.g., a think tank, university, intergovernmental organization, or civil society organization) conducting applied research and policy analysis, as demonstrated by publications and reports.
  • Experience working in—or with a focus on—developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A good understanding of and experience working on one or more key issues in sustainable development, including agriculture policy; environmental sustainability; climate change; food security and nutrition; sustainable food systems; responsible agricultural investment and environmental, social, and government investing; and agricultural value chains.
  • A track record of producing high-quality research and analysis in a short period of time and for different audiences. 


  • A good understanding of and experience working on issues at the intersection of agriculture and climate change.
  • Experience working in or with developing country governments or regional organizations.
  • Experience working with other relevant stakeholders, including the private sector, parliamentarians, civil society organizations, research institutes, and intergovernmental organizations. 

Skills, competencies, and attributes


  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong presentation and networking skills.
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally for work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote, asynchronous team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work effectively across different topics and themes at the same time and to pick up knowledge on new topics quickly.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under minimal supervision.
  • Strong commitment to the ideals, values, and mission of IISD. 


  • Fieldwork experience
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Working proficiency in French 

Application Procedure 

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