weADAPT Knowledge Manager

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Oxford, UK 🇬🇧

SEI Oxford is looking for an experienced Knowledge Manager for the weADAPT online knowledge platform to join our team. This is a key role that will ensure weADAPT retains its role as a leader in the climate change adaptation online knowledge platform space in the coming years and further increase its global reach and impact.

Location: Oxford, UK
Deadline: 31 August 2021
: 12 months with possibility of extension, part-time, 3 days per week, salary pro rata, remote work

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The role

SEI Oxford is looking for an experienced Knowledge Manager for the weADAPT online knowledge platform (http://www.weadapt.org) to join our team. This is a key role that will ensure weADAPT retains its role as a leader in the climate change adaptation online knowledge platform space in the coming years and further increase its global reach and impact.

weADAPT is a global open-access collaborative platform on climate adaptation issues that promotes knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning across and between the climate change adaptation community and related fields, including synergies with mitigation. As such, it plays an important role in helping actors from different contexts learn about climate change adaptation from high-quality resources, share their own activities and connect with peers. In doing so, it supports users and communities to develop their own capacities, foster new collaborations and design, deliver and implement more effective climate change adaptation actions.

Our priorities for weADAPT include the launch of new high-quality user-driven content, the design and development of new features and functionality based on the needs of weADAPT’s users and in-depth analysis of our reach and impact through analytics, surveys and social media data trends to better understand what we are achieving and how we can improve. As a Knowledge Manager, you will be part of this exciting journey.

The platform receives over 100 000 unique users each year and has to date over 6000 registered users from more than 2500 organizations, typically INGOs, NGOs, think tanks, government ministries, national hydrometeorological services, universities and research institutes, civil society organizations, social enterprises, private sector businesses and grassroots charities. weADAPT is regularly used in university and other professional training courses.

Key duties and responsibilities


Create, manage, design, capture and/or curate and maintain engaging content and syntheses of reports, projects and events that highlight key learning and allow rapid appraisal whilst also being visually appealing and accessible. This includes articles, case studies, email newsletters and social media that informs and motivates weADAPT community members.

  • Proactively plan, curate and create new content aligned with the weADAPT strategy.
  • Vet, curate and review community-submitted content. This will include working with and supporting contributors to help them create and share their work according to weADAPT’s guidelines.

Enhancing knowledge search and discovery

  • Use tagging systems to classify content.
  • Manage the creation and development of taxonomies for specialist areas of climate change adaptation and related fields.

Team and community interaction

  • Collaborate with the weADAPT coordinator, other knowledge managers, editors and team members to deliver weADAPT’s strategic goals, content and functionality to meet user needs.
  • Develop strategies to recruit new community members and editors.
  • Design, develop and implement engagement activities to increase online community participation, raise platform awareness and support online community growth.
  • Develop and implement communications plan and strategy that provokes activity, sparks discussion and responds to weADAPT community member needs.


  • Deliver training and guidance to develop capabilities of weADAPT contributors and editors, including facilitating quarterly meetings with editors.

Social media

  • Contribute to content promotion through social media channels and newsletters, and in accordance with relevant events (observance days and conferences).
  • Support management of thematic and network-based communities of practice, microsites (Adaptation without Borders) and weADAPT tools (Tandem online guidance).

Analytics and reporting

  • Monitor analytics for changing trends in weADAPT use and respond by providing recommendations for modifications or improvement based on the trends.
  • Develop a structure for benchmarking, analyzing and measuring online activity with regular reporting on digital performance analytics for the platform, including using Google Analytics and social media data.

Who you are

You are personable, work independently and enjoy engaging with others and being part of a team. You thrive on finding innovative solutions and have a natural ability for creative problem-solving. You believe in the potential of online learning and want to be part of taking the weADAPT community forward in the fast-moving and competitive field of online knowledge management.

You have an understanding of the complexity of the challenges surrounding online knowledge management and engaging diverse audiences. You are interested in teaching others about digital capabilities and possess the patience that this may require. Ideally, you also have experience working with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Formal qualifications and experience

  • Demonstrated experience in building vibrant online communities and knowledge management.
  • Expertise in producing syntheses of reports, projects and events that promote learning.
  • Experience with content tagging (metadata) and developing taxonomies.
  • Experience with designing and promoting social media campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring analytics and trends in platform use and evaluation of impact.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft 365.
  • Strong platform management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Proficient in web-based content management systems such as Drupal or equivalent.
  • Excellent English skills; proficiency in additional languages (particularly Spanish and French) would be favourable.

Personal skills

  • Exceptional writer, communicator and presenter.
  • Interested in climate change adaptation and related issues of sustainable development.
  • Excellent networker and community builder.
  • Creative big thinker who is able to link multiple ideas and strands of work together.
  • Flexible and able to handle multiple concurrent tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Able to inspire and coordinate a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.

Additional information

  • 12-month contract with possibility of extension.
  • Part-time, 3 days per week, salary pro rata.
  • Remote work until SEI Oxford re-evaluates working model for staff during Covid-19.

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible, however, no later than 31 August 2021, 23:59 GMT+1.

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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For inquiries regarding the position, please contact Sukaina Bharwani, Senior Research Fellow ([email protected]).

About SEI

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent, international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI was ranked as the world’s top think tank on environmental policy issues in the 2020 Global Go To Think Tanks Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SEI has around 300 employees working at research centres in seven countries around the world. SEI’s headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional SEI research centres are located in Colombia (SEI Latin America), Estonia (SEI Tallinn), Kenya (SEI Africa), Thailand (SEI Asia), the United Kingdom (SEI York and SEI Oxford) and United States (SEI US).