Junior Sustainability Specialist

International Hydropower Association (IHA)
London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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We are a not-for-profit corporate entity responsible for the sustainability programme of the International Hydropower Association. Our goal is to improve the way hydropower projects are developed so they can drive social inclusivity, environmental stewardship and cross-sectoral partnership. We partner with development banks, country governments, NGOs, private sector companies, and civil society groups to build capacity in sustainable hydropower and promote good practice around the world.

Sustainable hydropower has a key role in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meeting energy demands with clean and affordable generation (SDG 7), increasing our resilience to climate change (SDG 13) and managing water resources effectively (SDG 6) are among the most complex global challenges. These challenges are driving innovation.

About the work

Our work focuses on developing and implementing a suite of sustainability tools which provide guidance to the hydropower sector, as well as a means for assessing a project’s performance. Using these tools, we provide training and manage donor-funded development projects across the globe.

We assist hydropower developers in assessing their projects, we develop and publish guidelines, we deliver training courses, and we speak at conferences.

You will work on a broad range of assignments related to the dissemination of sustainable hydropower knowledge. From researching sustainability issues and website management, to drafting press releases and developing training content, the role will provide you with a 360° perspective of the hydropower sector, clean energy systems and multi-stakeholder governance.

Examples of work you will engage in:

  • Developing new training material and supporting the delivery of training courses on sustainable hydropower. Producing vlogs, conducting face-to-face training and giving presentations. Synthesising and sharing information in a clear and understandable way.
  • Supporting the management of donor-funded projects. Building capacity around sustainable hydropower, especially in developing countries. Supporting team members to conduct project assessments. Analysing assessments results and drafting reports.
  • Handling our online content on our newly launched hydrosustainability.org website (familiarity with web design tools is a plus). Creating and updating website content, solidifying our brand and designing new innovative ways to share information.
  • Drafting press releases, news articles and research papers on sustainability in hydropower. Keeping up to date with current approaches to environmental and social management in hydropower development, and conducting research on specific topics to be published online.
  • Supporting communications with the multi-stakeholder governance council that governs the hydropower sustainability tools. Writing quarterly newsletters, taking meeting minutes, engaging directly with members from key organisations. This will provide you with great insight into multi-stakeholder governance and consensus decision-making.

Salary: £30-35k + benefits

About you

You are passionate about sustainability and the climate agenda. You grasp the complexity of international development. You recognise hydropower’s integral role in the transition to a low carbon economy. You are willing to travel around the world.

We value good writers. You should be able to express your ideas clearly on paper. We also value good speakers, so you should be comfortable presenting to an audience.

You will probably have a degree that has exposed you to the rigour of analytical work, international development or sustainability. A Master’s is preferable. Engineers and social and environmental scientists are welcome, but a different background is not a showstopper.

We understand you won’t be able to answer every question immediately or know how all the systems work on day one — and we don’t expect you to. But we expect you to be eager to learn and take ownership of your work. It’s great to be motivated by the larger issues and challenges we face, but we also need you to channel that energy into productive work.

Proficiency in English is fundamental. Professional competence in a second or third language is a valued skill.

How to apply

Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter explaining how their experience, skills and attributes align with the role by 8th December 2019.

The letter should also confirm the status of their eligibility to work in the UK and willingness to travel internationally when required. These documents should be sent by email to recruitment@hydropower.org.

Please refer to the job title in the subject line of your email.

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