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Are you passionate about policy development and sustainability? And do you know your way around policy- processes in global institutions? The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) is looking for a Global/North America Public Policy Lead with expertise in international policy, advocacy and sustainability.

The private sector has a crucial role to play in advancing the sustainable development goals (SDGs), but to boost companies’ motivation, there needs to be real change in the way that their impact is measured. That’s why the WBA develops benchmarks that will compare companies’ performance on the SDGs. We strengthen, support and complement our benchmarks through active engagement with civil society, financial institutions, business networks and policy institutions. As a core part of its engagement strategy, the WBA is building a policy and advocacy team, to support a future policy and regulatory environment to help business make progress on the SDGs. The strategy is articulated around three pillars: translating benchmarks results into actions for policy-makers; advocating system transformation with policy-makers; and focusing on the global financial system, aligning capital markets with sustainable outcomes.

Working with a dynamic and global team, you will develop and execute the policy strategy in the context of the UN, G20, G7 and other international policy-making fora; working collaboratively with other regional policy leads, at times also taking a deeper dive into US and Canadian policy agendas.

What you do:

  • Proactively develop, identify and prioritise WBA’s policy positions and advocacy opportunities with global or North American audiences;
  • Help shape the external policy environment in the US and Canada and with multi-lateral organisations, focusing on issues which advocate long-term sustainable development;
  • Lead in shaping the contribution of the WBA to international policymaking, contributing to consultations, white papers and other policy developments;
  • Identify global policy issues of significance to sustainable development, finance and corporate reporting. Keep relevant bodies – such as UN Agencies, G20 working groups, member state governments – and other stakeholders informed of relevant WBA analysis and data;
  • Build and maintain a network of critical relationships, by networking and organising conversations.

Our Global/North America Public Policy Lead:

  • Has significant experience in public policy and sustainability, with a track record of working with one or more of the international and/or North American policy environments;
  • Is an outstanding relationship manager, capable of building trust and representing a global organisation;
  • Understands the breadth of sustainability issues - experience with the corporate non-financial disclosure and sustainable finance agendas is preferred;
  • Has strong influencing, negotiation and networking skills;
  • Is flexible working in an evolving and fast changing environment, a self-starter that has a positive attitude and is able to plan and set priorities. Is effective in a remote working environment;
  • Has excellent written and spoken English, a second language is desirable.

Our offer:

An inspiring and dynamic career, with room to grow in a driven team focused on impact, ambition and teamwork. We stimulate personal growth, believe in flexible working arrangements and you will receive market-based employment benefits. We have an office/presence in Amsterdam and London and colleagues all over the world. We are looking for a Policy Lead based in the US or Canada. Other locations will be considered if necessary.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Wednesday 20th November 2019