Research Associate – Just Energy Transitions

Join SEI Latin America and be part of the continued development of SEI’s presence in this dynamic region. Our center employs 25 colleagues who conduct research on water management policies, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, just transitions away from the production and consumption of fossil fuels and the development of a sustainable economy. sustainable and equitable based on bioresources. We seek to continue to build a team of talented and committed environmental and development professionals to drive further growth within our center and greater impact from it.

We are recruiting a Research Associate who has relevant experience and training in conducting quantitative research, particularly in labor and employment policy, to work on projects supporting just transitions and economic diversification across the country. beyond the extraction of fossil fuels in Latin American countries. Within SEI, this work will align with SEI’s broader research and policy engagement on fossil fuel supply and climate change, particularly around the dynamics of carbon lock-in and energy transition. The Research Associate will work under the direction of the SEI Latin America Just Energy Transitions Research Line Manager.

  • Contribute to new research and analysis on climate and energy policies, in particular regarding the role of labor in breaking the carbon lock-in, promoting just transition processes and reducing fossil fuel extraction.
  • Help pilot new approaches to assess carbon lock-in risks and support just transition processes, in particular with respect to changing labor markets, employment, education and training needs .
  • Lead and implement assigned tasks in internal research initiatives and externally funded projects related to fossil fuels, just transitions and climate policy, primarily in Latin America, but also in other countries regions of the world where SEI works, including the Energy Policy Tracker Production Variance Report and Carbon Lock Initiative.
  • Help develop stakeholder engagement and communication activities, capacity building and decision-making with public and private institutions in environment and development related sectors related to energy transitions in Colombia and in the other Latin American countries.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts for new projects and activities within the framework of just energy transitions.
  • Work with public and private institutions as required to fulfill the responsibilities listed above.
  • Contribute consistently to a culture of innovation, collegiality and productivity within SEI Latin America.

We are looking for a colleague who is passionate about pursuing a vision for a more sustainable future for our planet. You have strong analytical, project management and writing skills and demonstrated experience in economic analysis, particularly in labor and employment markets. Although not a requirement, experience in any labor market transition is the key consideration and a broad understanding of the fossil fuel and energy sectors in Latin America would be considered a plus. In addition, previous research and stakeholder engagement experience related to just transitions, climate policy, green economy and/or sustainable development more broadly would be viewed favorably.

Previous experience may be associated with either academic work conducted on the subject or direct involvement in the formulation and implementation of policy strategies related to labor markets, particularly in the fossil fuel or energy sectors. energy in Colombia or elsewhere in Latin America. Although the successful candidate has a good understanding of the fossil fuel sector, we expect this individual to be able to apply their analytical skills to a wide range of sustainability topics. We also expect this individual to recognize that transitions away from fossil fuel development are key to defining more sustainable paths of economic development.

In addition to the professional profile presented above, the successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in economics, sociology, public policy, development studies, law or other relevant discipline or at least five years of professional experience related to sustainable development and/or development issues.
  • Relevant experience and/or training in conducting quantitative research, demonstrating strong analytical skills.
  • Experience working as part of a research team, managing projects, writing research and policy analysis, and securing funded proposals is highly desirable.
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish and English with a high level of professional proficiency. While Spanish is the primary language of SEI Latin America and the native language of most staff, the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues from other centers requires advanced proficiency in English. Ability to speak and write Portuguese or another UN language would be a plus.
  • Experience working with databases, econometric analysis or heterodox economic approaches to prepare policy-relevant analysis.
  • Experience in writing academic publications.
  • Experience in the analysis or design of sector development strategies, particularly industrial and agricultural.
  • Experience in conducting gender sensitive analysis and differentiated impacts on vulnerable groups.
  • Experience with qualitative methods, particularly participatory approaches.

The contract is a one-year fixed-term employment contract which will be renewed each year.

We review applications continuously, so please submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than February 16, 2022. Applications should be written in English and consist of a short CV and cover letter (maximum 1 page).

As we only accept applications submitted through our recruitment system, please apply using the button below and include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • Curriculum vitae.