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SEI has a growing portfolio of projects and initiatives on diverse aspects of trade and sustainability, including Adaptation Without Borders, the EU Green Trade Network and a range of initiatives focused on the sustainability and transparency of supply chains. Through this portfolio, SEI explores the implications of trade for sustainability and in particular how trade can be an instrument to achieve climate change adapatation and mitigation goals consistent with Paris Agreement as well as circular economy principles.

The role

The Research Fellow will play a key role in our emerging research and engagement area of trade and sustainability. This area of research and policy analysis is delivered through a diverse and growing portfolio of projects and intiatives. An important part of the role is engagement with relevant policy and industry decisions makers, multilateral processes and networks among like-minded organizations.

Under the SEI Strategy 2020-24, this role corresponds to Impact Areas Reduced Climate Risk and Sustainable Resource Use and Resilient Ecosystems and focuses on numerous Priorities for Change, including: Transitions from fossil energy that address inequality, poverty and politics; More effective international cooperation on climate change; and Commodity sourcing strategies and standards that address deforestation and biodiversity. Meeting these priorities will require new efforts and a deepened focus on topic areas such as: transnational climate impacts, European Union trade policy reform, carbon border adjustment mechanisms and environmental criteria in trade agreements.

Key duties and responsibilities include

  • Lead research and policy analysis on trade and sustainability, drawing from a diverse and growing portfolio of SEI projects and initiatives
  • Provide expert advice on policy and multilateral processes related to trade and sustainability
  • Manage projects in line with SEI’s project model with colleagues at SEI and other partner organisations
  • Develop SEI’s portfolio of research and engagement work on trade and sustainability, including fundraising, network building, internal capacity and team building, knowledge management and input to external communications
  • Engage in relevant trade and sustainability networks within Sweden, Europe and internationally, including with both private and public actors
  • Bring skills and experience to SEI’s wider team working on related fields, such a global climate change governance, the geopolitics of environmental change, industrial transitions and international relations in the context of sustainable development.

Who you are

We are looking for a person with a passion for trade within the context of climate change and sustainability transitions. This may be from a range of expertise areas such as international relations, geography, economics, international law, science, technology and innovation, sustainable development among others. Applicants with either a research- or policy background are encouraged to apply.

In addition, you also have experience of managing and coordinating complex multi-partner projects, including budget management and financial reporting, team leadership and funder and consortium relations. We warmly welcome applications from individuals with a passion and track record of creating and incubating teams and networks of innovative researchers and practitioners.

Whilst this role is targeted at the level of Research Fellow, we will also consider applications from suitably qualified Senior Research Fellow candidates, recognizing that such a position comes with additional responsibilities and expectations (e.g. regarding mentorship, leadership and fundraising).

Formal qualifications

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field and a deep interest in trade and sustainability issues. A PhD is desirable but not required.
  • At least 7 years experience working on trade and sustainability issues in a knowledge-based or policy-focused organization
  • Excellent organizational, project management and managerial skills
  • An entrepreneurial approach to research and policy and the ability to lead competitive proposal development for funding to maintain and expand a project portfolio
  • Previous experience in stakeholder engagement, with ability to communicate within different policy contexts and disseminate findings to a wide range of stakeholders
  • Track record of using research to influence policy and practice, including demonstrable interest in and ability to convene and engage stakeholders and to facilitate policy dialogues
  • Interest to work in an international and inter-cultural environment and collaborate in co-creation and co-production of knowledge in the context of research and policy
  • Working proficiency in English is required. Good knowledge of Swedish is desirable.

General competence areas (all of the following):

  • Experience in research or policy analysis related to the environmental implications of trade
  • Knowledge of World Trade Organization, bilateral trade agreements and multilateral negotiations such as the UNFCCC, Agenda 2030 and other relevant processes
  • Understanding of global governance of trade and supply chains
  • Familiarity with recent history and politics of trade and development/ environment.

Specific competence areas (one or several of the following):

  • Understanding of trade logistics, trade shocks and crises linked to trade
  • Experience of work in, or analysis of, European Union trade policy (or another region)
  • Familiarity with various trade data and analytics
  • Knowledge of import-based carbon taxes and levies
  • Knowledge of carbon pricing, carbon markets and its associated topics (i.e. emissions trading schemes)
  • Understanding of life cycle assessments of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Knowledge of industrial product supply chains.

How to apply (Research Fellow in Trade and Sustainability)

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 2 May 2021 23:59 Stockholm local time. 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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