Research Associate (Climate aid effectiveness CEDIL)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Oxford, , GB

In January 2020, SEI was awarded a project on climate aid effectiveness from CEDIL, the Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning ( This project is an evidence synthesis, focusing on the effectiveness of climate-related finance on a variety of outcomes. In an initial step, it will map the evidence base to investigate:

  • What is the state of evidence on climate aid effectiveness?

Subsequently, a systematic review and evidence synthesis will be conducted to understand:

  • Which factors determine the effectiveness of climate aid?
  • Which factors help or hinder the climate goals being achieved?

The climate finance effectiveness project consists of 5 work packages, namely a knowledge needs assessment (with domain and policy stakeholders to frame and co-design the review question) a systematic review of climate-related aid evaluations (aiming to synthesize research on what ‘works’ in climate finance and gain a better understanding of underlying causality and impacts), a synthesis of evaluation findings (to learn from a selection of climate-related projects that have received funding from DfID), comparative analysis and report writing (to bring together findings from the systematic review and synthesis of evaluations, discussing commonalities and discrepancies) and communication, outreach and management (to distill lessons, build capacity and promote uptake of findings).

Main responsibilities

We are looking for an early career researcher with an interest and experience in the fields of sustainable finance, climate finance or international aid to contribute to this project. This person will preferably have skills in evidence synthesis and impact assessment.  We are looking for a team player, ready to work with a multicultural team in SEI Oxford, Stockholm HQ and SEI Africa to:

  • Contribute to knowledge needs assessment exercise
  • Undertake a systematic review, including literature searches on the topic of climate aid effectiveness; screening of literature; data coding and extraction; critical appraisal of study validity; and mixed method synthesis of study findings
  • Synthesize project evaluations documents
  • Contribute to a comparative analysis of findings from a systematic review and synthesis of evaluations
  • Operational support to the project manager:
    • Willingness to travel as well as provide support in coordinating the schedule of meetings and appointments including the preparation of materials, taking and harmonizing notes from meetings.
    • Support with coordination and execution of logistics related to smaller and larger events

Who you are

  • An MSc or higher in international development, climate change and development, environmental science or similar
  • Knowledge and experience of working in climate finance
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and a reference management software
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Good data management skills
  • Critical thinking and basic knowledge of statistics and/or qualitative data analysis
  • Experience in conducting a systematic evidence synthesis (including systematic reviews, rapid reviews or related methods) is a plus
  • Knowledge of quantitative (e.g. meta-analysis) and/or qualitative (e.g. thematic or framework synthesis) methods is a plus

Additional Information

  • The vacancy is available for a candidate to start as soon as possible, for a term of 18 months. The candidate will spend approximately 70% of their time on the climate aid project and will be expected to work on additional projects for SEI or undertake other duties as agreed with their line manager.
  • Candidate will be required to work on site at our offices in Oxford.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate against race, religion, nation of origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability status
  • SEI Oxford Centre is a not-for-profit Limited Company registered in the UK
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application soon, however no later than the 22 March 2020, 23:59 CET.

As we only accept applications through our online recruitment system, please use the button below to submit your:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • Curriculum vitae or resume and two recent writing samples if possible
  • The names and contact details of two professional references. We will alert you before contacting your references.

For inquiries about the position, contact Richard Taylor ([email protected]).

Please note that we only accept applications submitted online. No applications sent by email will be accepted.





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