Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) HQ is looking for an experienced, motivated and self-driven Project Manager to oversee the day-to-day development and management of projects.
You will be part of the Environmental Policy and Strategy (EPS) team, where you will contribute to building the team’s portfolio of work in providing technical support to national governments in Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries with cross-cutting transitional cross-sectoral policy work.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Type of contract: Permanent with six-month probation period in accordance with collective agreement
Deadline: 16 March 2023
Start date: ASAP
Join our international non-profit research organization and help bridge environment and development science to policy and practice. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is a world-leading research institute in its field.
We are a dynamic and expanding workplace that employs around 110 people from 28 different nationalities in an activity-based HQ office in central Stockholm (Garnisonen). We have an additional 200 employees in seven centres around the world.
The Environmental Policy and Strategy (EPS) team specializes in complex stakeholder management, focusing on transitional countries and regions. The team supports governments in demand-driven sustainable, environmental and climate transitions in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries.
The EPS team activities include developing and implementing comprehensive environmental strategy and action plans, designing and implementing support for national sustainability transition efforts, assessment of national environmental sectoral policies, and capacity building and support for EU accession processes in different candidate or potential candidate countries.
The role – Project Manager: Eastern Partnership Countries – Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
One of the main tasks will be managing a new EPS team project: the Green Agenda of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine project. This project aims to create a solid basis for strategic guidance (via an EU Green Deal lens) in accelerating the green transition of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine through the development of national roadmaps.
Key duties and responsibilities – Project Manager: Eastern Partnership Countries – Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Managing Green Agenda of Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine project
Under supervision and with support from the EPS Team Lead, ensure overall success of the project and oversee day-by-day activities
Financial management and reporting: track and coordinate financial information flows, manage expenditures against planned budgets, and work closely with the SEI finance department
Administration and contractual support: support project-related recruitment and procurement processes
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Project planning: plan, schedule, prioritize and allocate work effectively
Stakeholder engagement: in coordination/collaboration with the team and Team Lead, develop and maintain partnerships and relationships for project implementation, facilitate external relations with relevant stakeholders, and convene high-level project and stakeholder meetings as required
Project communications: ensure overall smooth communication channels and flows within the project team and stakeholders, build productive relationships with internal and external partners, coordinate and lead the internal project management team communications and meetings, and support the communications team with the implementation of communications and engagement strategy and action plan
Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL): lead development and implementation of MEL plan, manage project issues and risks, communicate with the Team Lead and donors, and coordinate necessary financial and technical reporting to donors.
Provide support EPS team development
Business development: identify new opportunities/donors, secure additional funding, lead preparation of bids and proposals, develop budgets, and tailor technical documentation
Together with EPS team members, support the implementation of EPS strategy and action plans and maintain a highly collegial atmosphere
Collaborate and support EPS team members working on Western Balkans-related projects and initiatives
Who you are – Project Manager: Eastern Partnership Countries – Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
You have a strong interest and proven track record in delivering medium to large, high-complexity projects and working with multicultural and multifunctional teams as well as multiple stakeholders in the field of environmental sustainability.
You are motivated by the opportunity to contribute to research and implementation projects in the fields of environmental sustainability and policy in a dynamic international context.
To succeed in this role, you need proven expertise in analysis, development and influencing environmental and climate-related policymaking on a national and/or international level. Having previous experience in leading expert teams with the purpose of influencing policymakers is an advantage.
You are proactive, self-driven and structured with a willingness to learn, listen and share. You are goal-oriented and able to multitask and meet deadlines effectively. You value maintaining good working relationships internally and with project stakeholders.
Required qualifications, competencies, and experience – Project Manager: Eastern Partnership Countries – Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Minimum seven years of relevant working experience (preferably from fields such as environmental/energy/climate policy management and/or social impact assessments and/or sustainable finance)
Minimum five years of managing fast-paced complex projects throughout the complete project cycle
Relevant master’s degree (management studies, political science, climate and environmental sustainability, economics)
Solid knowledge of Eastern Partnership countries (specifically, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)
Solid knowledge and understanding of European environmental, climate and/or energy policy and management issues and current policy and regulatory settings within the EU framework
Working expertise on the implementation of EU acquisitions practices
Strong understanding of the EU Green Deal and its practical application
Expertise in MEL for large-scale projects
Experience in project financial and administrative management, designing and leading procurement processes, contracting and donor relationship management, including both financial and narrative reporting
Experience in budgeting according to different models and templates
Ability to plan work assignments, handle competing demands and work under pressure, with frequent and tight deadlines and with minimal supervision
Proven ability to convene and engage stakeholders and facilitate policy dialogues
Experience in working with governments and with government officials
Experience in designing and facilitating workshops, training, and moderating seminars or conferences
Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills with the capability to articulate the project’s strategic goals into sound operating plans and processes; excellent written and oral diplomacy and negotiation skills
Experience working in diverse multidisciplinary teams comprised of researchers, technical roles, and practitioners
Strong ability to produce written outputs (reports, policy briefs, and presentations)
Knowledge of the local language of any of the Eastern Partnership countries (specifically, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine)
Experience in managing regional projects/programmes in Eastern Partnership countries
Experience in managing regional projects/programmes related to EU acquis transposition in Eastern Partnerships countries
Our offer – Project Manager: Eastern Partnership Countries – Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
At SEI HQ, we offer stimulating work in an international environment. You will be part of a leading multinational, multidisciplinary and multilingual team of experts in an organization where the well-being and development of our employees is a high priority. We value diversity, and creativity. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Our ambition is to provide a safe, professional and creative workspace for all.
Employment at SEI HQ includes:
Collective agreement, including occupational pension and many other collectively agreed benefits
Annual healthcare contribution and additional benefits connected to promoting employee well-being such as yearly health check-ups
Opportunities for professional growth and development
Flexible working hours, 37.5-hour work week and a generous number of vacation days
Being part of an internationally leading organization that works to bridge science to policy and practice in the fields of the environment and development.
This is a full-time permanent position with placement at SEI HQ in Stockholm, Sweden. We apply a standard six-month probation period. The start date is as soon as possible or by arrangement.
You need not be a Swedish or EU citizen nor have a work or residence permit to apply for a job at SEI HQ.
SEI has a hybrid work environment, which allows employees to share their time between the SEI office and working remotely from their homes in Sweden. Please note that it is not possible to work outside of Sweden.
How to apply for the Project Manager: Eastern Partnership Countries – Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Please submit your application as soon as possible. We are continuously reviewing applications, so we strongly encourage early applicants. Submit no later than 16 March 2023, 23:59 Stockholm local time. We only accept applications in English that are submitted through our recruitment system. Please apply online using the button below and include:
Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience and why you are motivated to apply for this position