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Research Associate – Disaster Risk Reduction

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

The Research Associate will undertake scientific research, policy analysis and stakeholder engagement on DRR and related issues in Asia under the Climate Change, Disasters and Development (CCDD) cluster at SEI Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.

You will have a demonstrated interest in exploring the relationship between development and risk – in theory and practice. This includes understanding the underlying drivers of risk such as poverty and inequality, unsustainable natural resource use, and unplanned urbanization – themes that are central to the work of the International Centre of Excellence on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk (ICoE-TDDR), which SEI hosts. You will also work to integrate gender equality and rights-based approaches across aspects of DRR, including risk assessments, disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

The CCDD cluster supports decision-makers and at-risk communities to act on climate change, enhance disaster resilience, and work toward sustainable development. The organization collaborates with research institutions, governments, civil society organizations, businesses, and communities in Asia to produce credible and relevant knowledge for decision-making across all levels. The aim is to engage in relevant policy processes, build the capacities of key stakeholders, and facilitate the empowerment of marginalized groups, to enable meaningful and inclusive responses to climate change and disasters, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for DRR. The CCDD cluster works closely with other SEI Asia clusters and SEI Centres to deliver impactful projects and activities in line with SEI’s mission to provide knowledge that bridges science, policy and practice.

The Research Associate will report to the assigned Line Manager and respective project leaders/managers that they will work for, and under the overall supervision of the Centre Director.

Main responsibilities

  • Work as part of teams to conduct scientific research, policy analysis and stakeholder engagement on DRR, climate change, and sustainable development

  • Analyze key regional and national policy processes in Asia, including the implementation of the Sendai Framework, SDGs, and Paris Agreement

  • Co-author peer-reviewed publications on the research themes of the CCDD cluster and the ICoE-TDDR

  • Participate in the design and implementation of new projects, including concept note development and proposal writing

  • Publish communications and outreach products such as policy briefs, blogs, and op-eds

  • Establish and maintain partnerships and networks with relevant actors in the region

  • Contribute to the organization of events and meetings

  • Build relationships and collaborate with colleagues – both within SEI Asia and across SEI centres

Who you are

You will have demonstrated interest and capacity in research and stakeholder engagement. Specifically, the organization seeks the following required and desired experience and skills.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant subject such as geography, political science, or environmental science, with a thesis on a topic related to climate change, disasters and/or development

  • Demonstrated knowledge on DRR, resilience and adaptation

  • Two to four years of experience working in a climate change, disasters and/or development-related profession

  • Experience of working with different stakeholder groups, such as decision-makers, civil society organizations, and community groups

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively engage with different audiences

  • Willing to travel for projects at short notice

  • Proactive and self-motivated working style

  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team, as appropriate

  • Able to work on multiple projects and tasks at the same time, and meet deadlines


  • Track record of publishing peer-reviewed outputs

  • Demonstrated knowledge on gender and social equality, human rights, and poverty alleviation

  • Able to speak an Asian language

  • Experience of living and working in Asia

  • Experience of fundraising and proposal development

How to apply

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than 29 March 2020, 23:59 ICT. As are only accepted applications through the online recruitment system, please use the button below to submit:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience

For inquiries about the position, please contact; Michael Boyland

Please note that are only accepted applications submitted online. No applications sent by email will be accepted.

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  • Additional location info Bangkok
  • Closing Date 29 Mar 2020

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