Research Associate (Water and Sanitation)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Stockholm, Sweden
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Join our international non-profit research organization and help create a sustainable, prosperous future for all. Stockholm Environment Institute is a dynamic, expanding work place that employs around 90 people from 28 different nationalities in an activity-based office in central Stockholm (Garnisonen), and with an additional 140 employees in centres around the world.

The role

SEI is recruiting a highly motivated early career colleague (Research Associate) with a strong research background in water and sanitation. Research Associates work within ongoing projects and operate with close and explicit guidance from overseeing colleagues. Research Associates support research and project work, project proposals, and the communication of project findings. Moreover, the Research Associate supports the project leaders by fulfilling their duties within projects, and report progress to the project leader and line-manager, respectively. Sh/e/they works independently as well as in supporting and facilitating the work of other colleagues.

The successful candidate will be based at SEI in Stockholm and will contribute to developing and executing research on the connections between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and basin water management. The successful candidate has good knowledge of water and sanitation services relating to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of the Societal Transitions Unit, and work directly with project managers for specific research activities.

Main responsibilities
  • Contribute to SEI’s current portfolio of research projectsin the areas of water and sanitation and resource recovery, focused in Latin America, e.g. literature review, development and testing of methodologies, data collection, data analysis and reporting and administration activities
  • Lead fieldwork in Latin America (e.g. Bolivia) such as conducting interviews, training of survey teams, or focus groups
  • Support stakeholder engagement and co-development processes, including organizing workshops and dialogues on related to water and sanitation topics
  • Participate in writing research publications and funding proposals
  • Help to communicate insights from SEI’s work to a range of audiences, with support from SEI’s communications team
Who you are

We are looking for a person with a master’s degree in geography, political science, sustainability or a related social sciences field. You are interested in contributing to research on the social and policy dimensions of sustainable water and sanitation systems in an international context.

As a person, you are driven and possess good communication and writing skills, including the ability to make public presentations and communicate within multi-cultural settings. To succeed in this role, you can work both in teams and independently in a highly flexible and exciting research environment. You are able to combine theoretical knowledge with practical, people-based skills. You see problems and solutions at a systemic level and like to incorporate the interconnections between places, actors and topics in your work. Previous experience in stakeholder interactions such as organizing workshops or dialogues is a merit. You are fluent in English and Spanish.

Qualifications and experience
  • Master’s degree in geography, political science, climate change, sustainability science, or a related social sciences field
  • Concrete experience in applying social sciences methodologies in research (e.g. policy analysis, fieldwork experience conducting interviews or surveys)
  • Experience in formulating messages for a policy audience (e.g. policy briefs, popular science publications)
  • Previous experience in stakeholder interactions such as organizing workshops or dialogues is a merit
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent oral and written Spanish language skills in order to support data collection in field sites and communicate with stakeholders
  • Highly knowledgeable about water, sanitation or agriculture topics


  • Experience applying a social equality or gender lens to research tasks
How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than April 2, 2019 23:59 Stockholm local time.

Applications should be written in English and consist of a short CV and cover letter (maximum 1 page).

As we only accept applications through our recruitment system, please apply online using the button below and include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • Curriculum vitae.