Researcher: Migration, climate change, disasters and development

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and to catalyze and enable change towards sustainable development around the world by providing knowledge which link science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI ranked second among the world’s most influential think tanks on environmental policy issues in the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Report compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program.

SEI has approximately 320 employees working in research centers in seven countries around the world. SEI’s head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Other SEI research centers are located in Colombia (SEI Latin America), Estonia (SEI Tallinn), Kenya (SEI Africa), Thailand (SEI Asia), United Kingdom (SEI York and SEI Oxford) and in the USA.

Based in Bangkok, SEI Asia has a diverse team of multinational experts who integrate scientific research with participatory approaches to co-develop and share knowledge, build partnerships and influence resilient development policies. It focuses on gender equality and social equity, climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, water insecurity and integrated water resource management, transitional agriculture, renewable energy and urbanization.

SEI Asia is an affiliate of Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand. SEI and CU have signed a long-term agreement through 2023 to foster innovative scientific research combined with effective political engagement on development and environmental challenges in Asia. The main areas of collaboration are intellectual engagement for joint research applications and fundraising, conferences and seminars for UC students, postgraduate supervision and review, and linkages among UC staff. ‘UC-SEI.

SEI Asia is recruiting a highly motivated researcher with a strong background in migration, climate change and disaster research. The successful candidate will be based at SEI Asia in Bangkok, Thailand to develop and execute research on the links between climate change, disasters and development with migration and mobility. This exciting position will involve leading high-quality research from concept to policy influence. The researcher will join the Migration and Mobility Hub and SEI’s Global Initiative on Climate Change Adaptation, and contribute to the work of the Climate Change, Disasters and Development cluster and other research clusters as appropriate.

The researcher may also work across multiple disciplines, sectors and teams, including those working on gender, water, urban and disaster issues. The position also provides opportunities to mentor early-career researchers and regularly contribute to building the capacity of multiple actors. A key part of the job is to generate and communicate interdisciplinary research information to a wide range of audiences, including high-quality, peer-reviewed publications, policy briefs, and blog posts or podcasts.

The position is based at SEI Asia in Bangkok, Thailand and will report to the Migration and Mobility Cluster Manager, in coordination with the Climate Change, Disasters and Development Cluster Manager and the SEI Asia Center Director.

Research and policy influence

  • Identify, formulate, develop, lead and implement research and policy dialogue on migration, climate change, disasters and development projects that advance SEI’s goals and objectives
  • Ensure high-quality research processes that lead to peer-reviewed articles and strategic knowledge products such as discussions and policy briefs for different audiences, including policy makers and the media
  • Identify sources of funding, lead or contribute to fundraising and seek funding for projects
  • Contribute to the evolution of programs and the improvement of policies and decision-making through collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and research recommendations in various forms and forums, from local to national, regional and global levels
  • Support capacity building processes, particularly around intersectional gender mainstreaming, with policy, private sector, research and civil society actors.

Development Center

  • Provide guidance, mentorship and supervision to various junior staff in the development and implementation of research, support the professional development of junior research staff and contribute to SEI staff capacity development initiatives
  • Contribute to SEI’s quality assurance processes to ensure the scientific rigor of SEI and partner research, as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
  • In collaboration with the SEI Communications team, facilitate and support internal and external communications and outreach activities, including media presentations, dialogues and articles
  • Identify funding sources, lead and contribute to fundraising for SEI Asia projects aligned with SEI’s mandates and priorities.

Extended SEI Responsibilities

  • Promote SEI’s goals and objectives as stated in its mission and aligned with its 2020-2024 strategy. This includes participating in and contributing to the development of SEI Asia and the climate and migration research theme.
  • Implement projects in a timely manner according to work plans and available budget, cooperating fairly and effectively with partners and support teams.
  • Be a proactive team member, cooperate and support team colleagues and collaborate with other groups within SEI Asia.
  • Ensure a constructive exchange of ideas with relevant institutes, scientists and experts, including other SEI Centres.

You are an experienced social scientist with a keen interest and proven track record in designing and implementing successful research projects in the areas of migration, climate change-related disasters and adaptation. You also have excellent writing skills and are able to communicate with a variety of actors. You are an excellent team player who has good listening skills and the ability to collaborate in diverse and dynamic contexts.

  • PhD with a minimum of 3 years or MSc with a minimum of 6 years of professional research experience on migration, disasters, climate change and development
  • Knowledge of current and cutting-edge migration theories and approaches
  • Successful track record of applied research involving multi-stakeholder engagement and informing policy or development agendas or decision-making, as well as in directing research activities
  • Solid and growing track record in scientific publications, as well as ability to write for a general or practitioner audience
  • Proven ability to successfully design research projects, secure funding, implement and manage quality research projects and deliver effectively in a timely manner
  • Proven experience in proposal writing and fundraising
  • Proficient in quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods approaches, including rigorous design, data collection and analysis
  • Strong motivation, personal initiative and commitment to excellence and results, as well as enthusiasm for scientific research
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Asian work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly and effectively with a range of partners (government, civil society and/or private sector)
  • Recent or current involvement in migration-related research
  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of migration and mobility in Southeast Asia, or any country in the region, in the context of disasters and climate change and how these affect adaptation to change climatic.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • Strong motivation, personal initiative and commitment to excellence and influence through scientific research
  • Proven ability in people management
  • Exceptional analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Convey SEI’s core values ​​in daily work, including the importance of high caliber work, respect and trust.

With a team of over 17 nationalities, SEI welcomes applicants from all over the world for all positions and offers internationally competitive salary and benefits, with all employee contracts under Thai labor law.

SEI is an equal opportunity employer and we consider all applicants on the basis of qualifications and abilities, regardless of and not limited to race, national origin, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and marital status. We are committed to diversity and equality within our organization and candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We review applications continuously, so please submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than December 14, 202211:59 p.m. local Bangkok time.

Applications should be written in English and consist of a short CV and cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience.

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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