Law & Policy Advisor – Mining Sector (Africa, Europe remote)

International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—a changing climate, ecological destruction, social exclusion, and unfair laws and economic rules. With offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Geneva, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.


IISD hosts the Secretariat to the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals, Minerals and Sustainable Development (IGF), and the Law & Policy Advisor will support the work of the IGF Secretariat. The Law & Policy Advisor contributes to the implementation of legal and policy research and outputs, analysis for evidence-based policies, and the delivery and development of projects across all IGF programs.

The work will include engagement with member governments as well as support for senior IGF staff in developing reports and publications and hosting events that advance good practices in sustainable development and resource governance. The candidate should enjoy diversity in their workday and have a passion for learning. Some international travel will be required. The Law & Policy Advisor will report to the Senior Law Advisor, IGF.


  • Conduct primary and secondary research and draft legal and policy outputs to the required standard, including policy briefs, research reports, and technical reports.
  • Conduct Secretariat outreach and engage with IGF member governments in Africa.
  • Collaborate with IGF Secretariat staff, affiliates, partners, and consultants in the design and implementation of projects.
  • Keep up-to-date with emerging issues related to various IGF programs.
  • Prepare, present, and communicate high-quality research findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Support the organization and documentation of webinars, meetings, and public consultations as required.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in law from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Fluent in English and French.
  • 5-10 years of legal and/or policy research experience.
  • Superior writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines, work collaboratively with a multicultural team, and take the initiative in advancing or leading projects with minimal supervision when needed.
  • Experience undertaking primary and secondary research.
  • Experience related to sustainable development, international development, or resource governance in Africa

For more details on what we are looking for in our candidates, please refer to the IISD competencies on our website.

Location: Home-based. We especially encourage applications from candidates in Canada, Europe, or Africa. Candidates must hold an appropriate work authorization for locations where they expect to be based.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and locations

Employment type: At least 1 year contract with high possibility of indefinite renewal

Start Date: ASAP

Closing date: Open until filled

The candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be closed once filled

Application Procedure

Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR. Please include the following:

All applicants must have authorization to work for locations where they expect to be based, without any sponsorship from IISD.

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

IISD has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires employees who are required or choose to be at an office or participate in in-person team events or in-person meetings/events to be fully vaccinated. Anyone unable to be fully vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or a disability that prevents them from being fully vaccinated can request a reasonable accommodation.

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 questions on our applicant tracking system when you apply.

How to apply

Application Procedure

Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR. Please include the following:

All applicants must have authorization to work for locations where they expect to be based, without any sponsorship from IISD.