Consultant/Research Assistant

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Thai


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The role

SEI is recruiting a highly motivated consultant who will serve as a Research Assistant to support the implementation of the project “Transboundary cooperation mechanism on adaptation to climate change and hydropower development” funded by the Lancang Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Special Fund.

The goals of the project are to improve joint scientific information collection, analysis, sharing and decision making towards enhanced communications of water and related issues. The project aims to forge greater collaboration and information exchange through research-policy platforms in the Mekong Region. Below are the key project objectives:

  • To identify mechanism(s) for enhancing communications on water level/flow risks for normal, extreme and emergency conditions
  • To improve the understanding of concerned agencies on implications of climate change on water resources and the roles that hydropower projects could play in adaptation and mitigation of impacts from extreme events (i.e. droughts and floods) and flow level fluctuations
  • To provide key recommendations for enhanced collaboration among Chinese and other Mekong country experts on technical solutions to manage and operate water storage structures to reduce the risks from flow level fluctuations and impacts of extreme events due to climate change (i.e. droughts and floods).

For this role, fluency in Thai is a necessary requirement since engaging with That speaking stakeholders as well as working with documents written in Thai will be a large part of the daily work.

The consultant will be reporting directly to the Water Resources Management Cluster Leader and SEI project manager and is under the overall supervision of the Asia Centre Director.

Your main responsibilities

The consultant will work with employees at SEI Asia and with other consortiums to carry out the project activities with the responsibilities described below:

  • Perform literature reviews, research and analysis on the subjects related to the project to help achieve the project objectives, including but not limited to, data sharing mechanism in the LMC region, climate change impact on water resources, roles of hydropower dams in the Mekong Region, and review of existing regional platforms for transboundary water cooperation in the region
  • Support the organization of, and participation in, relevant project events as assigned
  • Collect data, documents and publications related to the project
  • Contribute to writing project reports, working papers and other publications as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned.
Who you are

We are looking for consultant with the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant water-related field; such as Hydrology, Water Engineering, Environmental Science, Watershed Management and Water Resources Management
  • At least two years of professional experience in research, policy analysis, and/or multi-stakeholder engagement processes in the water sector.
  • Experience in conducting desk study and preparing research reports and analyses
  • Qualitative and quantitative research synthesis skills, including ability to understand and interpret technical water research and comparative research methods
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals and groups
  • Experience in writing reports and other documents on the subjects related to water resources in English
  • Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction
  • Good English language skills: writing, speaking and reading
  • Fluency in Thai is a necessary requirement (writing, speaking and reading)
Desirable experience
  • Substantial familiarity with transboundary rivers, water resources management and Mekong Region’s water cooperation and planning processes
  • Demonstrated record of working effectively with stakeholders
  • Experience in developing outreach materials including information brochures and other publications.

To succeed in this role, you are able to work with other project team members in a highly flexible and exciting research environment. You are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical, people-based skills.

How to apply

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 24 February 2019. Please send in your application by email to Ms. Unchulee Lualon ( and include:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume including 3 references
  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • 1-2 writing samples in English in which you were a lead author

For further inquiries about the position, please contact Ms.Unchulee Lualon, Programme Coordinator (