Head of Resources and Development Unit, and Senior Project Manager

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪

Duration: Permanent position, with a 6 months’ probation period

Start date: As soon as possible but no later than 1 April 2017

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Salary Range: Competitive based on the Swedish market

Application deadline: 4 December 2016

Open to: External and internal candidates

How to apply

Please use the Apply now button below to submit your applications. Applications sent via e-mail will not be accepted. Applications should be written in English and arrive at SEI as soon as possible but no later than the 4th of December, 2016. Attachments must be in PDF or Word format and should consist of a cover letter (maximum 1 page) and a CV.

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SEI is recruiting for a combined position as Head of Unit for the Resources and Development Unit and Senior Project Manager. The position presents an opportunity to join a leading research institute and contribute to the management of a growing dynamic research environment.

Reporting to the Centre Director, the Head of Unit will manage a team of researchers and project managers and be part of the Management Team of the Stockholm Centre.

The position also includes the role of Senior Project Manager, with special focus on the management and coordination of the SEI portfolio funded by Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency).

As Head of Unit (50%), key responsibilities include:

  • Act as the immediate manager of the employees in the unit, represent the employer in all matters concerning work, i.e. performance and development dialogues, target setting, follow up and work-environment;
  • Be an active member of the Stockholm Centre management team, contributing to the strategic development of the Centre;
  • Provide overall and ongoing guidance and support to the unit employees, addressing management, implementation, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Be responsible for the professional development of the employees in the unit;
  • Be responsible for resource planning and time reports to achieve a balanced work load for all unit employees, and across the unit; and
  • Stimulate unit employees in identifying and developing research projects in line with the SEI strategy.

As Senior Project Manager, we expect that the selected candidate will have a special focus on the management and coordination of the Sida funded projects, including to:

  • Monitor the internal progress of the Sida funded projects across all SEI centres, including continuous dialogue with SEI project leaders, Centre Directors, the finance department, and the SEI Research Directorate;
  • Monitor compliance with contractual reporting deadlines and special undertakings, and lead the work on the Annual Results Reporting to Sida, including planning and convening of the annual review meeting;
  • Maintain a dialogue with Sida by attending Sida policy-related seminars, by regular updates and contacts with the Sida desk officer in charge of SEI programme support, and by convening informal follow up meetings at the request of the Sida desk officer to deal with operational details or updates on particular topics; and
  • Monitor Sida procurement notices and forward them to the appropriate persons at SEI, and provide updates on Sida policies of relevance to SEI.


The applicant should possess solid leadership and management abilities. She/he should have proven interdisciplinary research experience and ability to work with various stakeholders. The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of both development and environment issues in line with the SEI mission, and possess solid people management and interpersonal skills.

Key qualifications

  • Solid leadership skills, including a minimum of 5 years of managment experience in a knowledge-based organization;
  • Experience from manageing large scale programmes and complex multistakeholder projects;
  • Strong interest and capacity to support colleagues in their development process, both as individuals and as a team;
  • Research experience in the field of natural resources management, ecology or related ares of work;
  • Proven ability to engage in knowledge production towards high level policy making and an established network within national administration, multilateral organizations, research institutes and non-profit organizations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Swedish, for both technical and public audiences; and
  • Experience in working in international, multi-disiplinary research teams in policy environments, and with international partners;


Inquiries concerning the content of the position can be directed to Maria Westerlund, Human Resources Director; [email protected]  or Louise Karlberg, Centre Director; [email protected] or The Union at SEI Stockholm which is represented in this recruitment process by Akademikerna, Marie Jürisoo ( [email protected]).

The selected candidate will be employed by SEI in Stockholm, following Swedish labor laws. Remunerations will be competitive based on the Swedish market and will be subject to Swedish income tax.