Join SEI Tallinn and be part of a diverse and motivated team of 20 experts. The centre currently focuses on three areas: (1) Climate and energy; (2) sustainable development and (3) environmental management, but most projects involve people from different thematic programs.

The role

SEI Tallinn is seeking a full-time Program Director to lead the Climate and Energy Program. SEI Tallinn is part of an international non-profit organization that works to advance sustainable development through research, policy analysis and capacity-building. Reporting to the Centre Director, the Program Director will manage a team of researchers and be part of the Management Team of the Tallinn Centre. The position will also provide the opportunity to actively engage in externally funded research activities within the research field of the unit. 

Key responsibilities include

  • Develop and lead a strong, visible and lasting research portfolio involving several SEI research employees in the field of climate, energy, and/or socio-technological transitions;
  • Interact with policymakers and other stakeholders, and represent SEI at key events; and
  • Successfully raise funds from a variety of local and international funding agencies, including the private sector.
  • Act as the immediate manager of the employees in the unit, represent the employer in all matters concerning work, i.e. performance and development dialogues, target setting, follow up and work-environment;
  • Be an active member of the Tallinn Centre management team, contributing to the strategic development of the Centre;
  • Be responsible for resource planning and time reports to achieve a balanced work load for all unit employees, and across the unit; and
  • Stimulate unit employees in identifying and developing research projects in line with the SEI strategy. 

Who you are

The applicant should possess outstanding project management and research skills. S/he/they should have proven interdisciplinary research or policy-making/implementation experience and ability to work with various stakeholders. The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of both development and environment issues in line with the SEI mission, and be able to conduct independent analysis and contribute to the creative research environment of the Tallinn Centre.


Key qualifications and experience

  • Master’s or PhD degree in a field relevant to climate and energy policy research. Here we define climate and energy policy research broadly and are open to receiving CVs from those with degrees in economics/social sciences, engineering, or natural sciences.
  • Good leadership skills, including people- and project management experience in a knowledge-based organization;
  • Interest and capacity to support colleagues in their development process
  • Proven ability to engage in knowledge production towards high level policy making and an established network within national administration, multilateral organizations, research institutes and non-profit organizations;
  • A strong record of research project design and management, securing funding, and publications;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, for both technical and public audiences;
  • Preferably experience in working in international, multi-disciplinary research teams in policy environments, and with international partners. 

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than the 15th of Augustth 23:59 Tallinn 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.


Inquiries concerning the content of the position can be directed to Lauri Tammiste, Centre Director; or My Persson, Recruitment and Competence Specialist;

The selected candidate will be employed by SEI in Tallinn, following Estonian labour laws. Remunerations will be competitive based on the local market, including comprehensive benefits package.


About SEI
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent, international research institute founded in 1989. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI was ranked as the world’s top think tank on environmental policy issues in the 2019 Global Go To Think Tanks Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SEI has around 250 employees working at research centres in seven countries around the world. SEI’s headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional SEI research centres are located in Kenya (SEI Africa) Estonia (SEI Tallinn); United Kingdom (SEI York and SEI Oxford); the United States (SEI US); Thailand (SEI Asia); and Colombia (SEI Latin America).

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