Vacancy at IISD:ENB Writer

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8 January 2019
Position: Freelance writer
Organization: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Duty Station: New York
Application Deadline: 20 January 2019
The Reporting Services Division of the International Institute for Sustainable Development is looking for freelance writers to contribute to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and IISD's other conference reporting (ENB+) services. The deadline for application is 6:00  PM GMT on 20 January 2019. 



IISD is an international non-governmental organization, with offices in Canada and Switzerland, specializing in policy research and analysis, and information exchange. The Institute champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research, and communications. It is dedicated to ongoing communications of its findings as it engages decision-makers in business, government, non-government organizations, and academia.



  • Work on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and other publications require long hours, including on weekends, often in small offices with other members of the team. All applicants should be able to work well in small group situations, handle stress and show the highest respect for co-workers even in the most trying moments.
  • ENB writers are paid an honorarium that is scaled according to experience on ENB teams (from US$1200 to US$2550 per week). IISD reimburses all business-related and travel expenses while attending meetings. Consultants are required to be available for at least four meetings per year, with between five and sixteen days of work per meeting. 
  • Each successful candidate will spend three days in a training session before joining the ENB team. 
  • Candidates should not be looking for full-time work at present and should demonstrate how freelance work on the ENB Team will incorporate into their work or studies. 
  • Qualified applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be hired on a consulting basis for meetings held in locations all over the world. We do not require or provide work permits, work visas, or relocate consultants who are successful candidates for these freelance positions. 



All applicants should:

  • be in the early stages, or about to begin a Ph.D. program or hold a Ph.D. or LL.M degree, or have at least five years of UN environment or sustainable development policy experience (working, lobbying or negotiating in the UN system);
  • have worked, published or undertaken academic research on one or more of the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) covered by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin;
  • demonstrate complete fluency in understanding and speaking English and have both recent experience in writing in English and strong written and conversational language skills in one other in UN language;
  • have a good understanding of multilateral negotiations and the UN system;
  • work well in small groups;
  • have the flexibility to travel to international meetings for periods of up to three weeks at a time;
  • be available for at least four assignment per year;
  • be able to type well enough to take legible verbatim notes; and 
  • have a laptop computer.



  • Upload curriculum vitae/resume and a letter of introduction that explains your interest in working for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, listing specific information on your issue expertise in any of the policy issues we follow, any recent academic or journalistic publications, and how you meet each of minimum requirements. Applicants should fully articulate their depth of background and experience in multilateral negotiations and detail language abilities.
  • List details of two professional referees. 
  • Include your skype username

Because of the large numbers of applicants expected, only those who demonstrate that they meet all of the general and specific requirements will be considered. All applicants should submit a copy of their resume, together with a cover letter detailing how they meet each of the requirements set out below. Both the CV and cover letter are used in the selection of candidates.