Lead, Carbon Pricing - Manila

Long-term contract
Localisation Manila, Philippines
Full remote
10+ yrs of exp.
Posted on 05-30-2024

International Institute for Sustainable Development

An award-winning think tank championing sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing problems. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability.

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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.


IISD is launching a new multi-year project that supports the development and implementation of carbon pricing mechanisms. It is a joint initiative of IISD’s Energy, Taxation, and Trade teams. Our goal is to provide emerging economies in the Southeast Asian region with in-depth, multi-disciplinary support to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate domestic carbon pricing mechanisms. To achieve this goal, we are combining our unique energy, tax, and trade expertise to deliver a multi-year project that will support carbon pricing proliferation within this region. The successful candidate will oversee the new 5-year project for its duration, guiding a team of experts based in Southeast Asia, Canada, and Europe. They will drive the development of cutting-edge research and practical guidance for governments, the delivery of technical assistance programs, and outreach with key partners and stakeholders.

Key responsibilities include

  • Implementing the new work project on carbon pricing in Asia.
  • Maintaining and building a network of contacts, stakeholders, and partners of the program, with a particular focus on the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
  • Supporting donor engagement and fundraising efforts for the general needs of the energy program.
  • Carrying out monitoring, evaluation, and reporting for all aspects of the project.
  • Supporting the professional development of direct reports and other members of the team.
  • Coordinating the carbon pricing work of the Energy Program.
  • Coordinating with other joint activities of IISD’s Energy, Tax and Trade teams where relevant.

Detailed Description Of Responsibilities

Strategy, Vision and Team Leadership

  • Support the Energy Director responsible for this work with human resource activities related to their area of work, including recruitment, development, performance management, mentorship, and the development of a staffing plan.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Organize and chair meetings as required on their topic of focus.
  • Demonstrate clear vision and the ability to execute strategic priorities, communicating statements of results to be achieved, decision-makers to be targeted, activities to be undertaken, time frame, resources needed, external funds to be raised, and criteria to be used to measure performance.
  • Ensure that short-term activities and pillar priorities are in keeping with the long-term strategies agreed upon by the Board.
  • Develop, grow, and manage strategic areas of work.
  • Work with the Lead team and staff to identify challenges, emerging issues, opportunities, and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to seek them out.

Fundraising and Donor relationships

  • Lead fundraising efforts by identifying new opportunities, cultivating relationships, and submitting proposals for funding relating to the work themes within the program; track using Salesforce or other systems as advised by IISD.
  • Understand program strategies and objectives and identify new or expanded areas of proposed work to take advantage of existing or new funding opportunities and funders.
  • Stay abreast of the funding landscape to identify new funders/funding opportunities for the program and IISD in general.

Operations and Program Management

  • Implement current programs and projects.
  • Identify and initiate new projects, develop proposals, and raise funds for new project initiatives; maintain relationships with funders.
  • Develop, present, and implement an annual budget for the portfolio of work within the agreed-upon parameters and negotiate or recommend contracts for undertakings in cooperation with IISD’s administration.
  • Work closely with corporate finance and administration functions to ensure projects and programs are set up on a legal basis and are actively monitored against risks, both financial and legal.
  • Provide an overall utilization plan across the levels of team staff to ensure appropriate sizing to reduce financial risk and ensure projects are completed successfully.
  • Review and delegate the review of outputs for quality control and alignment with strategic priorities.
  • Manage activities in cooperation with other IISD personnel related to work with Global Affairs Canada, including but not limited to the implementation of specific projects, maintaining relationships with funders, and developing the mandate and vision of the work to be undertaken.
  • Keep up to date with current IISD policies related to project management/delivery, expenditure management/control, and records management.

Communications and Outreach

  • Develop a communications strategy for the program and assist in its communications; communicate program outputs through various media; and maintain relevant areas of website content.
  • Communicate the work of the program and its components to a broader audience for maximum policy or implementation impact, as decided by strategic priorities and the institutional strategic plan.
  • Maintain relationships within the government and non-governmental and private sectors, recording all such activities in IISD’s sanctioned tracking system.
  • Assist with the maintenance and promotion of IISD’s presence, including but not limited to the maintenance of relationships with government and non-governmental organizations.
  • Identify opportunities to grow and promote the program through forums, conferences, professional associations, communications, partnerships, and other initiatives.
  • Undertake research and manage assigned projects, control budgets, and supervise IIS

Ideal Candidate Profile

Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • A post-graduate university degree or equivalent in energy, economics, carbon/climate policy, and/or public policy development or a professional qualification in another relevant area.
  • 10–15 years of professional experience in the fields mentioned above or experience gained in a national government, the private sector, or an international or non-governmental organization.
  • Excellent research and writing skills, including proven experience conducting applied research and policy analysis in carbon pricing (or similar areas).
  • Experience in delivering government technical assistance on carbon pricing and/or energy policy and explaining unfamiliar concepts to groups clearly and with impact.
  • Knowledge of the most prominent global carbon pricing models (e.g., the EU Emissions Trading System).
  • Experience working with government officials (elected or non-elected government offices).

Skills, Competencies, and Attributes:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Diplomatic/government relations experience will be a strong asset.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills 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 simultaneously and to pick up knowledge on new topics quickly.
  • Ability to work under one’s own initiative with minimal supervision.
  • A strong commitment to the ideals, values, and mission of IISD.


  • Knowledge of the energy transition, particularly the carbon mitigation policy environment.
  • Fluency in one or more official languages of the Philippines, Indonesia, or Vietnam will be a strong asset.

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