Stockholm Environmental Institute – Multiple Openings

Research Associate or Research Fellow – Reducing Climate Risk

Application deadline: 15 June 2011
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

To support the implementation of the SEI Strategy 2010–2014, SEI is currently looking to fill a research position contributing to the theme Reducing Climate Risk at the Stockholm centre. The theme Reducing Climate Risk supports the design, development and implementation of effective and equitable strategies for adaptation and mitigation in developing and developed countries.

The successful candidate will bring professional experience directly related or closely analogous to one or more of the following areas:
- International environmental governance, including the role of civil society and/or private actors
- Climate change adaptation implementation, planning and policy
- Climate change policy and practice in Africa, Asia or Latin America
- The UNFCCC process and/or non-climate policy regimes that interact with climate policy
- The equity and ethics challenges in crafting climate policy
- Climate finance
- REDD

The responsibilities of the candidate will include but not be limited to:
- Contributing to the ongoing research of the theme Reducing Climate Risk at the Stockholm centre
- Contributing to project and grant applications that would fund projects in research areas of interest
- Identifying and pursuing work in new areas of expertise including new and emerging issues
- Participating in internal and external training and capacity building activities
- Assisting SEI’s UNFCCC Focal Point

The successful candidate will bring 2–5 years of relevant work experience and preferably a graduate degree in political sciences, law, economics, geography or other relevant discipline. S/he will have been exposed to different international audiences, and have work experience in a developing country. In addition, s/he will have:
- Demonstrated commitment to environment and development
- Strong research skills, including training in theory and research methods
- Experience in project design and implementation
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as within a dynamic research group
- Understanding of relevant international climate institutions and policy processes
- Ability and flexibility to quickly become versed in new subjects
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including ability to produce polished, edited products independently
- Curiosity, creativity and ability to take initiative
- Willingness to travel

The position is available immediately; the initial appointment will be for an initial period of one year, with probability of renewal based on mutual interest and the prospect of sustained funding. The successful candidate will be a member of the Climate Global group at the Stockholm centre of SEI. The position requires spoken and written  fluency in English; knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.

Applications, consisting of a cover letter and a curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees, should be written in English and arrive at SEI as soon as possible but no later than 5 June 2011. They should be sent by e-mail to Karin Schéle, Human Resources Manager of SEI ( climate.recruitment@sei.se This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Attachments should be sent as PDF files only, with subject line ‘RARF [Applicant’s Last Name], [Applicant’s First Name]’.

Further details about this position are available from Professor Richard Klein (theme leader Reducing Climate Risk) and Clarisse Kehler Siebert (group leader Climate Global). The SEI Academic Union Club representative is Maria Osbeck.

SEI offers a stimulating international and interdisciplinary working environment and a competitive salary. SEI values diversity and encourages applications from women, disabled people and members of minority groups.

Senior Research Fellow – Reducing Climate Risk

Application deadline: 22 June 2011
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

To support the implementation of the SEI Strategy 2010–2014, SEI is currently looking for a Senior Research Fellow whose work would contribute to the theme Reducing Climate Risk at the Stockholm centre. The theme Reducing Climate Risk supports the design, development and implementation of effective and equitable strategies for adaptation and mitigation in developing and developed countries.

Building on a solid and internationally recognised track record, the successful candidate will assume strategic and intellectual leadership in one or more areas central to the theme:
- International climate governance, including the role of civil society and/or private actors
- The use of climate information for decision-making in developed and developing countries
- Regional and South-South collaboration in climate policy
- The significance of non-climate policy regimes to climate policy
- Linking climate change policy and implementation, and evaluation of policy effectiveness
- The equity and ethics challenges in crafting climate policy

The responsibilities of the Senior Research Fellow will include:
- Developing and leading a strong, visible and lasting research portfolio involving several SEI research staff
- Raising funds from a variety of Swedish and international funding agencies
- Interacting with high-level policymakers and other stakeholders, and representing SEI at key events
- Strengthening links with at least one of the other three SEI themes (Managing Environmental Systems, Transforming Governance, Rethinking Development)
- Contributing to internal and external training and capacity building activities, including the mentoring of junior staff and supervision of PhD students

The successful candidate will be a leader in their respective field of research, with a doctorate degree and at least ten years of experience in climate-related analysis. S/he will have been exposed to different international audiences, including from developing countries. In addition, s/he will have:
- Demonstrated ability to initiate creative and strategic research, to attract and sustain funding, and to produce high-quality analytical outputs
- Strong project development, implementation and management skills
- Excellent understanding of relevant international institutions and policy processes
- Demonstrated international engagement with relevant scientific and policy communities, resulting in an extended international network of academic and non-academic stakeholders
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
- Willingness to travel
- Interest in contributing to the intellectual and social life of SEI

The position is available immediately; the initial appointment will be for an initial period of one year, with probability of renewal based on mutual interest and the prospect of sustained funding. The successful candidate will be a member of the Climate Global group at the Stockholm centre of SEI. The position requires spoken and written fluency in English; knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.

Applications, consisting of a cover letter and a curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees, should be written in English and arrive at SEI as soon as possible but no later than 5 June 2011. They should be sent by e-mail to Karin Schéle, Human Resources Manager of SEI ( climate.recruitment@sei.se This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Attachments should be sent as PDF files only, with subject line ‘SRF [Applicant’s Last Name], [Applicant’s First Name]’.

Further details about this position are available from Professor Richard Klein (theme leader Reducing Climate Risk) and Clarisse Kehler Siebert (group leader Climate Global). The SEI Academic Union Club representative is Maria Osbeck.

SEI offers a stimulating international and interdisciplinary working environment and a competitive salary. SEI values diversity and encourages applications from women, disabled people and members of minority groups.

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