Data Analyst – International Institute for Sustainable Development


The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries. We are looking for a full-time term Data Analyst for our Winnipeg or Ottawa office.

About the Position

The Data Analyst will support IISD’s Energy Program (, including its Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, We are a team of over 20 experts based in the IISD Geneva and Ottawa offices as well as remotely in India, Indonesia and other countries.

We deliver cutting-edge research and practical policy support for energy policy reforms in developed and developing countries , including the reform of fossil fuel subsidies (worth at least USD 500 billion per year globally) and energy taxation. This work is aimed at aligning financial flows with safe climate targets and facilitating just transitions to renewable energy. We explore and support policies and investment related to both production and consumption of energy that are beneficial for society while being safe for human health, the environment and climate. In particular, since 2005, GSI has been working alongside many country partners, governments and intergovernmental organizations to raise awareness and ambition on the need to phase out harmful energy subsidies and redirect public spending toward renewable energy and social needs, including just transition. We work closely with groups such as the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, as well as international NGO partners. Our approach is hands-on through country-level research and outreach as well as via international forums such as the G20, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Data Analyst will support our mission to deliver up-to-date, open-access, transparent data on global financial flows related to fossil fuels and renewable energy, including fossil fuel subsidies and energy taxes.

The successful candidate’s key areas of responsibility will include but not be limited to:

Organization and delivery of global data sets on fossil fuel subsidies, and in the mid-term around taxation and social impacts of energy policy reforms, based on existing data sets.
Research to incorporate new data into one place from government websites, academic and NGO publications and potentially crowdsourcing efforts, alongside other NGOs or organizations.
Tracking relevant reform impacts in GSI’s Theory of Change.
Support bringing data sets together in easy to understand interactive graphs, maps or visuals.
Support for programmatic textual analysis of keywords and phrases in policy documents such as Nationally Determined Contributions under international climate negotiations.
Support for social impact and survey data analysis.
Static and dynamic data visualization for a global audience of researchers, NGOs and governments to increase transparency around fossil fuel subsidies and taxes.
Ongoing curation of databases with up-to-date data and information.
Presentation and communication of data for reports and in presentations.
Working alongside staff to support a network of in-country and international partners and consultants with data and survey needs, as and when required.
Required Skills and Qualifications


A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline with applied relevant software experience.

A minimum of 3 years of data analysis experience, working with large volumes of data from different sources, establishing relationships between the different data sources, data visualization, creation of business dashboards, etc., ideally in the energy sector.
Excellent knowledge of MS Office Excel, including advanced formulas, function programming, creation and use of pivot tables, etc.
Advanced knowledge of data analysis and visualization tools, such as Power BI or Tableau (preferred tool: Power BI).
Some experience and comfort with scientific scripting (Python or R preferred) and quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis tools such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, NVivo, ATLAS.ti or similar.
Familiarity working with key national datasets for sustainable development, such as national accounts, input-output tables, household survey data, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, energy subsidy and tax revenue databases and the World Development Indicators. An understanding of national and international data gaps, needs and direction, in this area, will be considered an asset.
An interest in public budgets, energy policy reforms and transition to renewable energy, including the reform of energy subsidies and energy taxes.
Previous experience working with graphic designers or web developers in the visual representation of data.
Experience maintaining databases with quantitative or qualitative information, familiarity with SQL and basic knowledge of relational database design and management.
Very good research, planning and organization capabilities.
“Can-do” work attitude and ability to work autonomously and as a member of a global team, managing workload and producing deliverables to time and to budget.
A focus on results, ability to prioritize and to work quickly and accurately, with the flexibility to take on tasks ranging from highly complex to basic in nature.
A strong ability to work comfortably across different cultures, be inclusive, positive and a good communicator both internally and with external partners.
Good written and speaking communication skills in English. Other languages would be an asset.

Location: Winnipeg or Ottawa
Starting Salary: CAD 45,200–CAD 53,800, depending on experience
Term: Full time, initially one year term with a possibility of extension
Closing Date: February 2, 2020, 10 p.m. CST
Start Date: April 15, 2020 at the latest

Cover letter (maximum one page) and a CV (maximum two pages) submitted in one PDF document only. Applications without a cover letter or CV will not be considered.

All submissions must be in English. IISD is committed to equal opportunity. Candidates must hold appropriate work authorization for Canada. Only those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted. Resumes will be kept on file for one year.

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