Join the SEI Latin America Centre and be part of the continued development of our Institute’s presence in this dynamic region. Current staffing levels include 15 colleagues conducting policy research on water management, Agenda 2030 implementation, just transitions away from fossil fuel production and consumption, and the development of sustainable and equitable bioresource based economic development efforts. We seek to continue building a team of talented and committed environmental and development professionals to generate further growth within and greater impact by our center.


We are recruiting a Research Assistant who has training in conducting qualitative and/or quantitative research to work on projects supporting just transitions beyond fossil fuel extraction in Latin American countries. Within the broader SEI, this work will align with the Institute’s broader research and policy engagement on fossil fuel supply and climate change, especially around the dynamics of carbon lock-in and the energy transition. The Research Assistant will work under the leader of the SEI Latin America Fossil Fuels and Just Transitions research line.


Your main responsibilities

  • Contribute new research and analysis on climate and energy policy, particularly related to breaking carbon lock-in and fostering just transition processes beyond fossil fuel extraction.
  • Help pilot new approaches for assessing carbon lock-in risks and supporting just transition processes.
  • Implement assigned tasks within internal research initiatives and externally funded projects related to fossil fuels, just transitions, and climate policy, in Latin America primarily, but also in other regions of the world where SEI works (example projects include: Energy Policy Tracker, Production Gap Report, Carbon Lock-In Initiative).
  • Help develop activities for stakeholder engagement, capacity building and decision making with public and private institutions in environment and development-related sectors related to energy transitions in Colombia and other Latin American countries.
  • Work with public and private institutions in different areas, to collect necessary information for the implementation of projects.
  • Contribute consistently to a culture of innovation, collegiality, and productivity within the SEI-Latin America Centre.

Who you are

We are looking for a colleague with strong analytical skills who has a broad understanding of the fossil fuel or energy sectors in Colombia, and preferably across Latin America, and ideally also has some experience in topics related to just transitions, climate policy, and/or sustainable development more broadly. Your previous experience can be associated either with academic work carried out on the topic, or with direct participation in the formulation and implementation of policy strategies related to fossil fuel or energy sectors in Colombia, or elsewhere in Latin America. While the successful candidate will have a good understanding of the fossil fuel sector, we expect that this person will be able to apply their analytical skills to a wide range of sustainability topics. We also expect that this person will recognize that transitions away from fossil fuel development are key to defining more sustainable economic development pathways.


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

  • A passion for pursing a vision for a more sustainable future for our planet.
  • An undergraduate degree in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Development Studies, Geography, or a related field, in combination with one to three years of professional experience related to sustainability and/or development issues, or a related graduate degree.
  • Training and/or experience carrying out quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Experience working within a research team, writing research and policy analysis, and funding proposals is desirable.
  • Ability to speak and write both Spanish and English with a high level of professional competency. While Spanish is the main language of SEI Latin America and the native language of most of the staff, the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues in other centers requires advanced English proficiency. Ability to speak and write another UN language would be a plus, in particular Portuguese.


How to apply

We expect to meet, interview, and hire a colleague by March 2021. As such, please submit your application no later than 10 March 2021 so that we can consider your application as we develop a short list of promising candidates. Please include:

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


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 is ranked among the most influential environment think tanks in the world in the annual Global Go To Think Tank Report, compiled by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program.

SEI has about 250 employees working at research centres in seven countries around the world. Our Headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden with other centres in Estonia (SEI Tallinn); the United Kingdom (SEI York and SEI Oxford); the United States (offices in Boston, Seattle and Davis); Thailand (SEI Asia Centre); and Kenya (SEI Africa Centre).



Inquiries concerning the content of the position should be directed to:

  • Elisa Arond, Fossil Fuels and Just Transitions Research Line Leader, SEI Latin America (
  • Juanita Gomez Gonzalez, Operations Manager (


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