Research Fellow (Humanitarian and DRR)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The role

SEI is recruiting a highly motivated and innovative Research Fellow with a strong research background in humanitarian, emergency, or disaster management research. The successful candidate will be based at SEI Asia in Bangkok, Thailand and will contribute to developing and executing research that will identify transformative pathways in humanitarian and emergency response and disaster management that reflect SEI’s mandate. The Research Fellow will also seek funding for, and lead, the development of new research projects in these areas, as well as work towards bridging science and policy.

Your main responsibilities

Research and policy engagement

  • Identify, formulate, develop, lead and implement research on transformative pathways in humanitarian and emergency response and disaster management that further the aims and objectives of SEI
  • Ensure a high quality research process that will lead to high level research publications
  • Identify funding sources, lead or contribute to fundraising, and seek to secure funding for these projects
  • Find opportunities to engage with decision-makers and influencers towards realizing truly gender inclusive and socially responsive decision-making in environment and natural resource management
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to early career research staff

Centre development

  • Provide professional guidance and career development to early career research staff in research development and implementation, and contribute to SEI’s staff development program
  • In collaboration with SEI’s communications team and the centre Communications Coordinator, facilitate and support internal communications and outreach activities including e.g. presentations, speeches, dialogues and media articles
  • Contribute to strengthening the relationship between SEI Asia with the host country (Thai government) and partnership with the host institute (Chulalongkorn University)

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Promote the aims and objectives of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) as set out in its mission and in conformation with the strategic plan. This includes participating in and contributing to the development of respective centre and research theme
  • Implement projects and/or research work according to the work plans and available budget and cooperate with and support colleagues in the research teams to ensure quality and timely delivery
  • Be a proactive team member, cooperating with and supporting colleagues in your research group and/or collaborating with other groups within the centre
  • Ensure an exchange of ideas with relevant institutes, scientists and experts including other SEI centres
  • Respect and implement all SEI policies, including the code of conduct, environmental policy and the secondment policy if the position is filled in through SEI internal secondment

Who you are

We are looking for a person with a strong interest and proven track record in designing and executing research projects. You also have excellent research and writing skills and are able to communicate with a variety of actors. You have a strong motivation and commitment to excellence and results, as well as enthusiasm for doing scientific research and a desire to work in a cross-cultural collaborative environment.

  • Ph.D. and minimum of 3 years of working experience, or a Master’s degree and 8 years of working experience, related primarily to humanitarian, emergency, and disaster risk reduction research, (preferably, applied research) that links with policy engagement and/or influences policy action and decision-making
  • Research background in humanitarian, emergency or disaster risk reduction/disaster management research with knowledge of nature-based solutions, with a strong publication record contributing to both the scientific and practitioner literature
  • Excellent track record in working with humanitarian/emergency actors through research, relief work, capacity building, advisory work, mentoring, or programming
  • Proven experience in writing proposals and fundraising
  • Experience in project/research design, implementation and management in humanitarian and disaster risk reduction research projects
  • Experience of data processing and data preparation through quantitative and qualitative, or mixed methods approaches.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Strong motivation, personal initiative and commitment to excellence and results, as well as enthusiasm for doing scientific research
  • Demonstrated record of interdisciplinary collaboration, partnership and team building

Desirable qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working in different humanitarian/emergency contexts in Asia either in research, aid, post-disaster interventions, or preparedness
  • Experience in communicating scientific information to a range of different audiences and variety of public forums: conferences, workshops, dialogues, roundtable discussions, and others
  • Interests in working at the interface of social science and policy engagement
  • Working knowledge of an Asian language

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 6 May, 23:59 ICT. As we only accept applications through our recruitment system, apply online using the button below and include:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience