Researcher (Climate Change Adaptation)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Oxford, , GB

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply, by 7 April 2017, using the online form, below, only and including a covering letter with your short CV (2-4 pages), contact details for two referees plus a short sample of your written work.

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SEI is looking for a dynamic Researcher to join our team in Oxford from May 2017 to work on various research projects: FRACTAL, PLACARD, IMPRESSIONS plus our SEI Initiative on Climate Services. This person will have expertise in climate change adaptation, and/or climate risk communication and climate services, and will be able to design and undertake research using a variety of interdisciplinary methods and approaches.

The position would especially require understanding and analyses of the use of climate information in decision-making, the links between climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and synergies and conflicts between climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of developing countries.

Primary responsibilities

  • Gathering and synthesizing information and data, through literature research, online tools, and interviews;
  • Analysis of research findings, both quantitative and qualitative;
  • Drafting reports, journal articles, policy briefs;
  • Preparing proposals and helping with fundraising;
  • External presentations and other outreach;
  • Coordinating work with project partners;
  • Designing participatory workshops;
  • Contributing to capacity building activities; and
  • Contributing to the weADAPT platform through written articles and case studies.

Essential quallifications

  • an MSc in the fields of environmental science; climate change and development; international development or similar;
  • experience of connecting with both the scientific and policy communities;
  • extensive experience in both climate adaptation research and practice and its links to development;
  • experience of writing proposals for research funding; and
    experience in participatory approaches and facilitation and/or training and capacity building in a variety of contexts.

Desirable attributes

  • Dynamic networker who is keen and flexible to travel;
  • Enthusiastic team player;
  • Strong field and research skills;
  • Workshop organisation and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Language skills, particularly French and Spanish;
  • Some experience in project management and coordination within large projects;
  • Familiarity with social learning and co-production of knowledge approaches; and
  • Specialist skills in cross-cutting areas, e.g. gender analysis, poverty analysis, social equity.


Salary range will be: £22,000 to £33,000. Full-time position with an initial 12 month contract.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

SEI Oxford Centre is a not-for-profit Limited Company registered in the UK.

Further information on relevant projects

Project Title: Climate Services Initiative – SEI wide

Donor: SEI/Sida

SEI has a strong track record of producing climate knowledge, building capacity and supporting decision-making on development, mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The SEI Initiative on Climate Services builds on that record, aiming to strengthen SEI’s contributions to these fields by developing new approaches for the improved design, use and interpretation of climate services, from the local to the national level in both the developed and the developing world.

Focusing on adaptation and disaster resilience, it aims to understand decision contexts, institutional processes, stakeholder needs and engagement, and the added value that climate services can provide for managing climate and disaster related risks; to develop innovative methods and new partnerships for the improved design, use and interpretation of climate services, and to influence adaptation policy and planning processes.Tasks involve research on the design and delivery of effective climate services.

Project Title: FRACTAL


FRACTAL is a multi-sited regional research project that seeks to understand the climate processes driving the southern African regional climate system’s natural variability and response to global change in recorded history and climate model simulations. The intention is to distil defensible, scale-relevant climate information, informed by and tailored to urban decision-making and risk management within their regional dependencies. The project is unique in that it uses pilot studies to enhance our understanding of co-exploration processes with urban partners to integrate climate messages within real-world decisions, and strengthen development pathways to resilience.

The FRACTAL project focuses its primary attention on three focal cities within their associated regional contexts: Windhoek, Maputo and Lusaka; and to a lesser degree on five further cities: Blantyre, Gaborone and Harare, eThekwini municipality, Cape Town and Durban in South Africa; to help explore a range of contexts.Tasks involve support in learning processes at the city level through the city learning labs, and design and implementation of decision-support approaches and tools, including capacity building activities.

Project Title: PLACARD

Donor: European Commission

This project establishes a comprehensive coordination and knowledge exchange platform for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) for multi-stakeholder dialogue and consultation. The goal is to address gaps and fragmentation challenges in current research, policy-making and practice, and support the development and implementation of an evidence base for research and innovation policies.Tasks involve the facilitation of knowledge exchange between the CCA and DRR communities.

Project Title: IMPRESSIONS

Donor: European Commission

IMPRESSIONS aims to advance understanding of the consequences of high-end climate change and to evaluate how such knowledge can be embedded within effective and integrated adaptation and mitigation decision-making processes.Tasks involve the co-design and analysis of a survey on high end scenarios and another survey to understand better the coverage and activity around transnational climate impacts (or indirect impacts) targeted at national focal points working on adaptation at the national level in various EU Member States.