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Location: Montreal, Quebec (Canada), with flexibility to work from home regularly
Duration: Permanent
Salary: Competitive, plus benefits
Hours: 40 hours per week

About the role

Reports to: Chief of Strategic Affairs and Capacity Building
Job purpose: To develop and implement efficient and effective strategy and plans to optimise relationships with global and regional multilateral development banks (MDBs) in support of the IFRS Foundation’s aims.

On 3 November 2021, the IFRS Foundation Trustees announced the creation of a new standard-setting board—the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)—to help meet the demand from international investors for high-quality, transparent, reliable and comparable reporting by companies on climate and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. The ISSB builds on the success of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) as well as the work of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and the Value Reporting Foundation (formerly IIRC and SASB), which both consolidated with the IFRS Foundation in 2022.

The Strategic Affairs Director–Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) will work to develop and implement efficient and effective strategy and plans to optimise relationships with global and regional multilateral development banks (MDBs) in support of the IFRS Foundation’s aims.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct appropriate research and develop appropriate strategies to optimise the active involvement and support of global and regional MDBs (e.g. World Bank, ADB, AfDB, EBRD, EIB, IDB) in/for initiatives and activities that further the IFRS Foundation’s aims.
  • Build and manage relationships with global and regional MDBs to identify, explore and exploit specific opportunities for them to participate and contribute in practical ways to the aims of the IFRS Foundation, for example by leveraging some/all of their:
    • Wide geographical presence, influence and convening power;
    • Access to a wide range of stakeholders, including national policy makers;
    • Ability to deliver capacity building activities at scale, including training and education;
    • Ability to lead by example of their own practices and expectation of others;
    • Funding resources and capabilities.
  • Facilitate and provide inputs as required to support the involvement of IFRS trustees, IASB/ISSB members and IFRS leadership in MDB interactions.
  • Engage and coordinate with internal stakeholders (notably Communications, Integrated Reporting, Market Engagement, Regulatory Affairs, Technical) as required to ensure alignment/consistency of activity focus and optimise efficacy.
  • Participate in relevant activity planning, monitoring and reporting as required.
  • Undertake other ad hoc tasks that arise in a fast-paced strategic affairs role.

Experience and qualifications


  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the ISSB and IFRS Foundation
  • Understanding of ESG standards/sustainability reporting fields
  • Extensive exposure to MDBs and understanding of their role and how they work
  • Extensive international relationship management experience at C-suite level
  • Solid understanding of capital market landscape, trends and key players relating to sustainability disclosures
  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including at senior level, to deliver positive outcomes in a timely manner
  • Strong prioritisation, time management and organisational skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure whilst still paying attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication in English
  • Willingness to undertake international travel


  • Relevant graduate-level qualification
  • Additional language skills
  • Understanding of ESG standards/sustainability reporting fields
  • Experience in using CRM software (Salesforce)

To apply

Please send a detailed CV/résumé to recruitment@ifrs.orgPlease include the following information or your application may not be considered:

  • the job title/position you are interested in (in the subject line of your email); and
  • covering email/letter detailing how you meet the specified role requirements and your salary expectations.

Closing date: Ongoing

Interviews are held via video conference as part of our standard international recruitment process. Due to the number of responses we receive, we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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