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SEI Oxford manages one of the world’s leading and longest-running global climate adaptation knowledge platforms, weADAPT.org. weADAPT is a collaborative online open space for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to share and access credible high-quality information on climate change adaptation and related areas, and to connect with one another.
SEI Oxford is recruiting a highly motivated Research Fellow to lead SEI’s work in the Adaptation at Altitude programme and other SEI projects involving the development of online climate change adaptation knowledge-sharing tools and their related communities of practice.
Through weADAPT and related projects, SEI Oxford has become widely known as a successful knowledge broker for climate change adaptation and related issues. The weADAPT platform and connected portals such as the Adaptation at Altitude Solutions Portal work with knowledge producers and users to curate and provide relevant and accessible knowledge to different stakeholders. These resources host numerous materials that are structured, packaged and tailored according to the needs of stakeholders while providing added value to knowledge producers in the form of increased visibility and networking potential.
These efforts to produce online knowledge-sharing tools are focused on providing access to useable, ‘actionable’ knowledge. This is essential for supporting climate change adaptation on the ground and empowering different stakeholders to apply and share their knowledge and experiences. These tools aim to help stakeholders quickly and easily discover the knowledge they need to plan for, implement, and monitor adaptation and related interventions, and make this knowledge accessible to a broad audience.
This role will build on and continue the development of existing weADAPT-related projects focused on online toolbox and portal development, and drive the development of international and inter-disciplinary communities of practice around their use. The role will lead on an array of aspects, from the ongoing design and population of these resources to communications, outreach and deep engagement with users and providers of the shared knowledge to drive their uptake, improve their usefulness, and increase their overall impact. The role will involve project management responsibilities, including coordination of a small team, and budgeting and reporting duties. Experience in and enthusiasm for building capacity and supporting international collaboration is essential.
The successful applicant will have a strong background in climate change adaptation, international and multi-disciplinary stakeholder engagement, knowledge brokering, and capacity development, as well as proven expertise in knowledge synthesis for different stakeholder groups and ability to guide the development of online knowledge-based resources. For example: portals, platforms, online toolboxes, massive online open courses, etc. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in related research and proposal writing, including steering SEI’s involvement in ongoing projects and engaging in SEI Oxford’s strategic research areas.
Through these projects you will be part of leading multinational, multidisciplinary and multilingual teams of experts. We value diversity, inclusivity and creativity at the core of what we do, and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Through this role, you will make a major contribution to SEI Oxford and the advancement of the weADAPT platform.
- Lead and advance the development of online knowledge-sharing tools connected to weADAPT, including initial creation of, and improvements to, design, functionality and content.
- Drive the development of active, international communities of practice linked to weADAPT’s knowledge-sharing tools that promote deeper networking and knowledge exchange, and support ongoing connections between in-person events.
- Develop partnerships with other key knowledge providers and tool developers working in these areas to connect related knowledge shared across various websites, and expedite the shift towards an ‘ecosystem’ of knowledge where users can quickly and easily find relevant information.
- Project manage SEI’s role in an international climate change adaptation programme, including budget management and allocation, coordination of, and delegation to, colleagues, twice annual reporting, and travel for partner and wider meetings.
- Support related policy processes, initiatives and engagement activities related to this work and as part of the wider weADAPT and SEI Oxford strategy, including through the provision of subject expertise, and development and implementation of communications strategies.
- Support programme communications and contributions to knowledge-sharing tools, including through writing and disseminating syntheses of colleagues’ and stakeholders’ outputs.
- Use insights from your work to support the weADAPT team to continuously develop the platform and its services.
- Present research and project results in meetings and at international conferences.
- Publish communications pieces, including blog posts, insights, policy briefs and peer-reviewed articles.
You should have a strong interest in climate change adaptation and sustainable development issues, with good awareness of disaggregated climate impacts and underlying drivers of vulnerability.
You are passionate about collaboration, co-creation of knowledge resources, and empowering others to act to reduce vulnerability and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. You are adept at, and enjoy working with, international and multi-disciplinary stakeholders from different cultural backgrounds. You are comfortable taking the lead and supporting others to work together towards a common goal. You enjoy working independently and as part of a team in a flexible, dynamic and exciting research and innovation environment.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills with a strong sense of teamwork, enthusiasm for collaboration, and ability to build good working relationships with colleagues and partners.
- Have developed (or have started to develop) leadership skills with the ability to create and direct an energized, motivated team.
- Undertake work with integrity, accuracy and attention to detail.
- Are highly structured and organized, timely and efficient, and able to prioritize.
- Are eager to learn and develop.
Formal qualifications and knowledge
- PhD or comparable experience in a relevant field of international development, environmental sciences, social sciences or equivalent, and a strong background in one or more of the following: climate change adaptation, resilience building, disaster risk reduction, knowledge management or sustainable development.
- Proven ability to manage and support projects, teams and more junior colleagues, including budgeting and budget allocation, producing and tracking progress against work plans, team management and delegation, monitoring and reporting, and providing constructive feedback.
- Proposal and publication writing experience.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including: presenting to varied audiences from stakeholders and non-experts, to peers, collaborators and donors; writing research briefs, papers, and op-eds; synthesizing and summarizing knowledge for different audiences.
- Experience building, promoting, motivating and enabling international networks of communities of practice – both online and in-person.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Teams.
- Prior experience/strong familiarity with online knowledge platforms and portals, their operation, management and potential.
- Experience working with websites built in Drupal.
- Prior experience in collaborative writing, knowledge co-creation processes and/or the co-development of online tools and resources with stakeholders.
- Open to learning new skills.
- Language skills, including Spanish and French.
- Experience working in multicultural and multilingual teams.
How to apply
We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible.
We only accept applications that are submitted through our recruitment system.
Please apply online and include a:
- cover letter, highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
- curriculum vitae.
Working at SEI Oxford
The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research and policy organisation that tackles environment and development challenges. Please visit our website for more information about the Stockholm Environment Institute and SEI Oxford.
The post carries with it generous benefits, including a full-time equivalent of 33 days’ of holiday a year inclusive of any bank/public holidays, company pension scheme and flexible working.
The vacancy is available for a candidate to start in September 2022. There is a probationary period of three months.
SEI Oxford is currently managing a hybrid working arrangement with expectations that employees are in the office part of each week.
SEI is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.
Please note that applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.
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