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Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute – Sweden

Organization: Stockholm Environment Institute

Position Title: Research Fellow – Climate, energy and development

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Application Deadline: August 30, 2015

Description: SEI is seeking an experienced sustainable development finance analyst to conduct and initiate research and policy analysis related to the financing of global energy transitions, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the sustainable development agenda more broadly. This includes work on the financing challenges faced by developing countries, as well as analysis of financial instruments and the interactions between public and private finance. The position will initially engage with the new SEI Initiative on Climate Finance and with on-going international research and advisory work on renewable energy, and is expected to further promote work in this area.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be expected to, among other tasks:

  • Identify emerging research and policy questions relating to climate, energy and other aspects of development finance, and conduct, lead and manage research and policy analysis relating to these questions.
  • Explore the challenges of financing across various sectors, such as agriculture, energy, disaster risk reduction, and insurance;
  • Contribute to and lead the preparation of different kinds of publications, both scientific articles and policy-focused outputs;
  • Take responsibility for communication and outreach activities within relevant projects, including organizing and participating in meetings, events and fieldwork, and involving interaction with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Develop proposals for new work and initiate fundraising activities.


  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in finance, economics, political science, energy studies, international relations or a related field;
  • Deep knowledge of the characteristics of development finance, project finance, and financial instruments;
  • 5 or more years of international experience in policy-relevant research and analysis on issues relevant to sustainable development finance. This could include an understanding of the needs and challenges of developing countries in financing different kinds of environment and development projects at different scales, the financing of energy transitions, as well as the interactions between public and private finance.
  • A track record of successful project management;
  • Demonstrable engagement with relevant national or international policy processes and development of relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to work under high pressure, both independently and as part of an international and interdisciplinary team, on complex projects at the intersection of science and policy;
  • Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.

Desirable attributes:

  • Knowledge of energy markets and policy;
  • Experience working with private sector finance;
  • Experience in working with different stakeholder groups and liaising with national and international policy makers and civil society;
  • Experience working in developing countries;
  • Familiarity with global agreements such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable Development Goals and their respective financing mechanisms.
  • Ability to work in other languages.

How to Apply: Apply online at the bottom of this page. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Applications should be submitted in PDF format in English and should consist of a CV and a cover letter (max one page) that includes the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be written in English and submitted no later than 30 August 2015.

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