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Climate Change Adviser – New York, NY

Organization: Islands First

Job Title: Climate Change Adviser

Location: New York, NY

Hours and Compensation: Full time; $50,000 – $60,000

Position Dates: Start September 17, 2012

Application Deadline: august 24, 2012

Posted On: August 3, 2012

Organization Overview

Islands First is a unique nonprofit organization dedicated to building the capacity of Pacific Island delegations to more effectively engage in international environmental policy negotiations at the United Nations. Based in New York City, Islands First seeks motivated individuals who share our passion for environmental justice and a clean, sustainable world for all, including the most vulnerable among us.


The Climate Change Adviser will report to the Executive Director of Islands First and assist in our support of the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the context of the international climate change negotiations.


  • Providing professional support and technical advice on climate change to representatives of small island developing states
  • Drafting statements, briefing documents, UNFCCC submissions, and presentations
  • Undertaking general research on climate change
  • Attending UNFCCC negotiations and other related meetings (travel required)
  • Other related tasks as identified by the Executive Director


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field
  • 3-5 years experience working on climate change issues
  • In depth knowledge of the UNFCCC negotiations
  • Specialized knowledge on mitigation issues of the negotiations, including LULUCF, markets and flexible mechanisms
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with Small Island Developing States
  • Excellent communication skills (speaking and writing), including the ability to convey complex concepts to policymakers clearly and concisely
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve complex and/or politically sensitive issues in a diplomatic environment

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their C.V., a brief writing sample, and a cover letter explaining their interest in the position to by August 24. Only complete applications will be evaluated. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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