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Policy Analyst, Tax and Investment

Ottawa | Toronto

  • Organization: IISD - International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Location: Ottawa | Toronto
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2024-01-31

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 120 people, plus over 150 associates and consultants, come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.


IISD is looking for a Policy Analyst on Tax and Investment. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape an emerging area of work at IISD. The analyst will contribute to new research on the intersection between tax and investment and will support the rollout of IISD’s guide on the implementation of the global minimum tax (a joint product with the International Senior Lawyers Project). The analyst will also contribute to IISD’s work on mining taxation, delivered through the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals, Minerals, and Sustainable Development (IGF).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to the development of IISD’s work on tax and investment.
  • Producing high-quality research on the implications of the global minimum tax for tax incentives, investment codes, and international and regional legal investment instruments (e.g., bilateral investment treaties [BITs] and investment chapters in Free Trade Agreements [FTA]).
  • Contributing to the organization and delivery of capacity-building events for governments on the implementation of the global minimum tax.
  • Maintaining and building a relevant network of contacts, stakeholders, and partners for the work on tax and investment.
  • Contributing to the production of high-quality research on mining tax policy and administration and related technical assistance for governments.

Detailed responsibilities:

Strategy and Vision

  • Collaborate with IISD staff to design, develop, and implement a strategy and program of research and technical assistance on tax and investment with a specific focus on the interaction between the global minimum tax and tax incentives.
  • Contribute to the overall strategy and vision of the Global Mining Tax Initiative.
  • Manage own time and inputs to deliver outputs on time and to budget.

Research and Knowledge Products

  • Generate policy-relevant or applied research on tax and investment, as well as on mining tax policy and administration.
  • Track the latest developments related to tax and investment, including emerging trends, policy changes, and legal and institutional reforms.
  • Promote, communicate, and share ideas, policy recommendations, and research findings through a variety of mediums.

Technical Assistance

  • Support the rollout of the guide for developing countries on the implementation of the global minimum tax, including delivering capacity building and technical assistance for governments.
  • Contribute to the delivery of technical assistance for governments on investment laws and mining taxation.

Convening and Outreach

  • Engage and collaborate with a variety of actors and stakeholders to influence the design of international tax and investment norms and standards, including the global minimum tax.

Operations and Project Management

  • Participate in fundraising efforts for the initiative, including by contributing to written proposals for funding and other business development materials.
  • Evaluate and report on all tax and investment activities.

Ideal Candidate Profile:

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in law or public or social policy.
  • 2–3 years of experience working in investment, tax, and mining law.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills.
  • A strong grasp of investment, tax, and mining law.
  • Excellent English (written and spoken).
  • Conversant in French and/or Spanish.
  • Commitment to IISD’s vision for sustainable development.

Skills, Competencies, and Attributes


  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Strong analytical, research, and writing skills in English.
  • Strong writing skills and oral communication skills in English.
  • Strong presentation and networking skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • 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.


  • Experience with quantitative data analysis.
  • French and/or Spanish language skills are highly desirable.

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

Location: Ottawa or Toronto preferred. Exceptional candidates elsewhere will also be considered.

Salary: CAD 50,000-CAD 56,000 (commensurate with experience)

Employment type: Full-time position

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.

Candidates must submit a cover note (one-page maximum) outlining their interest in the role and why they are suitable. They may be required to provide references and a piece of written work on request. This written work should be on a topic relating to tax and investment or extractive industries (e.g., a research report or policy brief).

Selected candidates will be interviewed by IISD/IGF and may be required to submit a written test.

Application Procedure

All submissions must be in English. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada.

Applications will only be accepted through Bamboo HR.

Please include the following:

Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for 1 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 questionnaire on our applicant tracking system when you apply.

Application Procedure

All submissions must be in English. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada.

Applications will only be accepted through IISD website or Bamboo HR.

Please include the following:

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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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