Project Manager Blue Economy

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪

SEI HQ’s Water, Coasts and Ocean team is looking for a motivated Project Manager to drive existing partnerships and initiate new strategic collaborations with funding agencies and key stakeholders in the sphere of the blue economy. The Project Manager will work closely to the WCO Team Lead to connect the blue economy agenda in Sweden and internationally.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Type of contract: One-year contract with strong possibility for permanent contract
Deadline: 10 January 2023
Start date: ASAP

How to apply

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Join our international non-profit research organization and help create a sustainable, prosperous future for all! SEI is a dynamic and expanding workplace that employs over 100 people from 28 different nationalities in an activity-based office in central Stockholm (Garnisonen), with an additional 170 employees in centres around the world.

The Water, Coasts and Ocean (WCO) Team promotes knowledge and creates tools for more inclusive and resilient blue spaces in a changing world. Our work is geared towards exploring the planning of water, coasts and marine areas and the governance of their ecosystems, activities, infrastructures, services, risks and economies. WCO was recently established as part of SEI HQ and we are on a mission to set up a dream team!

The role

WCO’s strategy is operationalized through a portfolio of projects connected to three pillars:

  • Blue Economy. We explore how regenerative, multifunctional marine spatial planning can ensure an equitable blue economy.
  • One Water. We explore how circular innovation can inform water governance in coastal zones.
  • Resilient Infrastructures. We explore the barriers and opportunities for infrastructure diversification in critical service provision under conditions of uncertainty.

We are looking for a motivated Project Manager to drive existing partnerships and initiate new strategic collaborations with funding agencies and key stakeholders in the sphere of the blue economy. The Project Manager will work closely to the WCO Team Lead to connect the blue economy agenda in Sweden and internationally.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Support Team Lead with coordination, collaboration and strategic planning and direction
  • Liaise with key partners in priority regions (Southern Indian Ocean, Baltic Sea, North Sea and EU)
  • Drive stakeholder engagement in Swedish-based projects and support international efforts, including designing stakeholder engagements and leading or supporting the organization of meetings, seminars and workshops where necessary
  • Identify new sources of funding and help develop new proposals, including designation of project resources, preparing budgets, monitoring progress and keeping internal communication in ongoing flagship projects
  • Coordinate contributions from colleagues required to complete all contractual reporting requirements and ensure that reporting is carried out according to contract
  • Support development of operational routines that can improve efficiency in our work processes
  • Contribute with strategic oversight and planning while maintaining strong team collaboration and work culture
  • Liaise with finance department for periodic budget planning, including monitoring of budgets
  • Provide overall support regarding project management and coordination, monitoring and administration.
  • Support procurement processes required for projects
  • Follow up on project activities and deliverables
  • Develop and coordinate monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) strategies and activities for projects
  • Contribute to preparing annual reports
  • Manages information databases and organize data (including  on Microsoft Teams).

Who you are

The WCO team values diversity, creativity and unity and we believe in dialogue, collaboration and teamwork. We work hard to deliver excellent science that has a positive impact on the actors and places where we engage.

To complete our team, we are looking for a team player with a passion for structure, an ability to manage stakeholders and develop partnerships and knowledge of the blue economy. You are highly organized, reliable and a problem solver. You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with varied tasks and you are not afraid to take initiative or ask questions.

Required qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree with 2-4 years relevant work experience
  • Background in business, administration, management, economy or similar.
  • Experience in project management, development of partnerships and stakeholder engagement
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Swedish
  • Excellent planning skills
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain communication between partners and team members
  • Knowledge of the blue economy, including financing mechanisms, offshore infrastructures and marine spatial planning.

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience working in research environments or with municipalities in Sweden
  • Experience working within the field of the blue economy
  • Management experience with research donors and academic partners
  • Additional language skills
  • Experience working in a team.

Our offer

At SEI HQ, we offer a stimulating position in an international environment. You will be part of a leading multinational, multidisciplinary and multilingual team of experts in an organization where the well-being and development of our employees is of high priority. We value diversity and creativity at the core of what we do and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Our ambition is to provide a safe, professional and creative workspace for all.

Employment with SEI HQ includes:

  • Collective agreement including occupational pension and many other collectively agreed benefits
  • Annual healthcare contribution and additional benefits connected to promoting employee well-being such as annual health checkups
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Flexible work hours, 37.5-hour workweek and generous number of vacation days
  • Being part of tackling environmental and development challenges developing solutions for a sustainable future for all.

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than 10 January 2023, 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.






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