Research Fellow, Illegal Logging – Chatham House

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  • Permanent Full Time
  • London, UK

Website Chatham House

A world-leading policy institute with a mission to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.


The opportunity
Are you passionate about resource governance, international forestry policy and timber trade? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative and stimulating environment? Do you have strong quantitative and analytical abilities, excellent interpersonal skills and experience of successful project implementation and delivery? We need a talented person to join the Energy, Environment and Resources (EER) department as a Research Fellow, forming part of our dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.

We need someone who will help to deliver the EER department’s ambitious research agenda and provide insight and expertise on critical issues of international forestry policy and timber trade. In particular, we are seeking an individual who can undertake thorough research and data analysis. They will lead the development and implementation of a dynamic new website and manage the digital communications for our forestry work. Our ideal candidate will have experience designing and delivering high-level workshops.

We are an equal-opportunities employer who value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. If we can provide assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us on or call us on 0207 389 3294.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

You will undertake research activities, including literature reviews, interviews, and the compilation and analysis of datasets. You will and writing up of findings. You will liaise with partners for the development and execution of the forest governance and other related research projects. You will use your experience in planning and delivering research events to support our conferences, high level roundtables and workshops. You will write and/or contribute to Chatham House articles, reports, print and online media.

You will support the development of an exciting new online portal for Chatham House’s forest governance research. You will oversee the forest governance digital communications, including our Twitter account, our monthly forestry newsletter, the Illegal Logging portal, and web-pages on Chatham House’s website.

Event Management
You will help coordinate research events, conferences and high-level roundtables. You will develop dynamic meeting agendas and create expert speaker and attendee lists, whilst maintaining oversight of event logistics and communications.

We are looking for an engaged and dynamic individual with the following experience and skills:


  • You have 3-5 years of research expertise on the forest sector, with knowledge of international and national forest policies, and timber trade issues.
  • You will have experience researching and writing thought pieces and policy recommendations for diverse audiences.
  • You are experienced in event management and enjoy communicating with high-level participants and coordinating with team members.
  • You are confident identifying creative solutions to present research in innovative ways. You will have coordinated website development projects and feel comfortable using website Content Management Systems (CRM).
  • You enjoy developing and coordinating communications strategies and have experience managing the delivery of a suite of communications outreach activities.
  • You have drafted concept notes, enjoy formulating research grant proposals and collaborating with project donors and supporters.

Skills / education

  • You are an organised researcher with desk research and data analysis skills. You write clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.
  • You are a collaborative colleague with excellent communication skills. In particular, you enjoy liaising with project partners and managing external project stakeholders.
  • You are able to manage a wide range of tasks and deliver to tight deadlines.
  • You hold a higher degree in a relevant discipline.

Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance, staff canteen providing complimentary tea and coffee and lunch and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging environment.

Salary: £39,000-£47,000 dependent on experience

Closing Date: Tuesday 8th January 2019. We will continuously review applications on a rolling basis therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they can.

Please note that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

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