ENB WRITER RECRUITMENT - INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
The International Institute for Sustainable Development, Reporting Services
Division (IISD RS), is adding new writers to its team of freelance consultants
(the "ENB Team") who write and edit the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and IISD's
other conference reporting services. (For more information on these
publications, visit http://www.iisd.ca<http://www.iisd.ca/>, and to see the
existing ENB Team, visit http://www.iisd.ca/about/team/).
Please note that these are not full-time positions and applicants should only
apply if interested in part-time consulting work.
IISD is an international non-governmental organization. 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. A valid tax identification
number for your country of residence may be required.
Because of the large number 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 (Curriculum Vitae),
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 ranking of
The deadline for applications is 1800 (6:00pm) GMT on Thursday, 20 October
Work on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and other publications requires long
hours, 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 paid training session
before joining the ENB team.
Candidates should NOT be looking for full-time work at present and should
demonstrate how part-time work on the ENB Team will incorporate into their
other freelance work or studies.
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
* 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 major language;
* have a good understanding of multilateral negotiations and the UN
* work well in small groups and have the flexibility to travel to
international meetings for periods of up to three weeks at a time;
* be available for at least four assignments per year;
* be able to type well enough to take legible verbatim notes; and
* have a laptop computer.
HOW TO APPLY
* Send your 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 publications, and how you meet each of the 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.
Application deadline: 1800 (6:00pm) GMT on Thursday, 20 October 2016. All
applications should be submitted here:
Please note emailed applications cannot be accepted.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
All cover letters and resumes/CVs will be reviewed and ranked according to the
specific requirements set out above. Because we anticipate a large number of
applicants, we apologize that we will only contact those who we have ranked
We will be contacting highly ranked candidates on or before 29 October.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to participate in a "virtual" tryout,
which will be held at an agreed time between 3-4 November. During this tryout,
candidates will be asked to listen to negotiations (recorded and streamed over
the Internet), take notes, and then summarize the discussion in ENB style.
Results of the tryouts will be evaluated, and highest ranked candidates will be
invited to a Skype interview from 6-12 November.
Offers will be made to successful recruits by 25 November.
Those offered a place on the team are required to attend a training session in
New York, NY, in January 2017.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Successful candidates in the past have been former negotiators, professors,
Ph.D. students, international environmental lawyers, and retired UN staff. ENB
writers have a history of being interested in, and involved with, multilateral
environmental agreements and have been readers of the Earth Negotiations
Bulletin prior to joining the team. IISD is seeking candidates who can
demonstrate that they share the same passion for transparency and commitment to
good environment and sustainable development governance that we do. In
particular, we prefer candidates who have already developed their own networks
in the international environment and sustainable development policy and
academic communities. Most importantly, as in life, creativity and imagination
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)-- United Nations
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