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Climate Justice Specialist (Internationally recruited)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Band A - Core Competency - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-20

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The principles of the rule of law are embedded throughout the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and articulated in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

As the only global intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law as an enabler of peace, sustainable development and human rights, IDLO is fully committed to advancing Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, with a special focus on SDG16 and especially in lower and middle-income countries and fragile development contexts.

As highlighted in its Strategic Plan 2021-2024, IDLO is committed to climate justice, supporting fair, effective and equitable legal frameworks to help protect the environment and promote sustainable use and governance of land and natural resources. A rule of law-based approach to climate justice can enable concerted action at national and international levels and empower communities affected by climate change to claim their rights and participate in development.

In this context, IDLO is seeking a climate justice specialist to help advance and roll out its climate justice strategy, integrating program, research and policy elements, with a focus on fragile and developing contexts. The Specialist will support policy, research, programming and network development and increase the visibility, coherence and coordination of IDLO’s climate portfolio, in line with its Strategic Plan.



Under the supervision of the Director, Research and Learning, and in coordination with the IDLO climate justice thematic cluster, the Specialist will be responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:


  • Advance the implementation of IDLO’s climate justice strategy, through the development of research, policy, program development and program implementation elements;
  • Identify opportunities to expand IDLO’s climate justice portfolio and contribute to global policy dialogues on the link between rule of law and climate justice, natural resources, sustainability, with a focus on Agenda 2030;
  • As part of the internal thematic cluster on climate justice, champion climate-related activities within IDLO including through knowledge-sharing webinars and curation of a knowledge repository;
  • In coordination with the Department of External Relations and Partnerships, establish and strengthen strategic partnerships and resource mobilization in the area of climate justice and rule of law, with a view to developing a climate justice program portfolio;
  • Help establish and coordinate a high-level Climate Justice Expert Advisory Group;
  • Provide technical input and drafting support for climate-related knowledge products;
  • Support in the development and delivery of IDLO programming on climate change programs, including in fragile and conflict-affected countries;
  • Prepare briefing materials for IDLO engagement in climate justice events; and
  • Guide and integrate climate justice into IDLO’s work at all levels, including through mentoring staff and other capacity development activities. 

Ideal Candidate Profile


  • Graduate degree in Law and a post-graduate degree related to Climate Justice, as part of International Relations, Development Studies, or a related field;
  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant professional experience in law and climate justice;
  • Solid experience of justice sector program design, with a focus on climate change / climate justice / environmental law;
  • Proven academic track record, including in researching and writing;


  • Fluent oral and professional writing skills in English are essential. Knowledge of additional languages would be an asset.

Specific Knowledge / Skills / Competencies

  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate justice policy and programming;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of rule of law and access to justice policy and programming;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of major actors and funding environment for climate justice;
  • Established policy and program network in climate change / climate justice / environmental law;
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • Ability to work effectively across and within organizational boundaries;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working in a diverse professional environment.
  • Works well with others and actively participates, shares information, contributes, encourages, and motivates others to become involved in thematic activities, including providing constructive feedback;
  • Proven ability to see tasks through and set and deliver results;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Ability and willingness to travel, if necessary; and
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’s mandate. 


For this internationally recruited professional position, IDLO shall offer the selected candidate an Affiliate Contract of 24 months, with the possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funding.


IDLO shall offer a basic salary of Euro 55,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and a benefits package including provident fund contribution, medical insurance, leave entitlements in accordance with IDLO Employee Regulations and Rules. Relocation and installation support are also available for internationally recruited employees.


Salaries and benefits paid by IDLO to employees are exempt from taxation in Italy. IDLO employees are responsible for compliance with income tax laws of their country of nationality or residence and/or of any other relevant fiscal jurisdiction.

In the interest of making most effective use of resources, only the short-listed candidates will be contacted during the selection process.


IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome and encourage diverse applications.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs, as necessary.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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