Senior Researcher

Permanent employee, Full or part-time · Stichting Circle Economy

Your mission

At Circle Economy, we believe it is time for a new economic approach: the circular economy. We are an impact organisation with an international team that develops practical and scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy. We are growing rapidly both in the Netherlands and around the world through strategic partnerships with governments and city stakeholders. We offer Circle Scans to cities and nations, drawing on our Cities Programme, Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative, our sectoral expertise in the area of textiles, built environment and finance, and diving into how demand for jobs and skills are impacted with the Circular Jobs Initiative. 

We are seeking a Senior Researcher to drive new research and projects across our Circularity Gap Reporting and Circular Jobs Initiatives. 

The Circular Jobs Initiative is a knowledge centre that aims to ensure circular economy is positive for work and workers. We know people are an essential lever for transforming economies, and for people to thrive, the impacts of circular economy interventions on people need to better understood and designed in ways that safeguard and promote the rights and opportunities of people everywhere. Launched early 2020, it now finds itself central to Circle Economy’s ambition to create positive social impact as well as becoming an  international thought leader on the topic of jobs and skills in the circular economy and sustainable development more widely. 

The Circularity Gap Reporting initiative (CGRi) offers a globally recognised method for benchmarking national performance on the circular economy, while also enabling a strong evidence base to support governments in establishing circular transition agendas. To date we have published a total of five Global Circularity Gap Reports, and an additional ten national and regional reports. To reach our impact goal of doubling global circularity, the CGRi aims to deliver analysis and monitoring for 100 countries by 2032.

Your role in the Circle Economy team

As Senior Researcher, you will help to drive the content and community of the CJI and CGRi. You will manage projects, conduct qualitative research yourself and produce high-quality and engaging outputs. You will ensure insights developed by the CJI and CGRi meet the needs of our multi-stakeholder community, working closely with the communications team. You will excellently manage both internal and external relationships, helping to secure a place for an increasingly timely topic on the global agenda. You will also work in close collaboration with teams across the organisation to help cities, nations and businesses understand the impact of circular strategies on jobs and skills requirements. 

We are looking for a highly motivated and effective researcher who can be a key player in a dedicated team working with stakeholders across global regions and levels of governance to advocate for an extremely relevant topic. You are a natural communicator and can guide teams in translating complex issues into clear and engaging insights that meet the needs of stakeholders. You are a skilled researcher with strong technical expertise that you use to design and drive innovative research projects, whilst ensuring projects are delivered on time to the highest standards. 

On the content level, you have a clear understanding of and affinity with circular economy, sustainable development and related labour market issues and policy. You have a track record of working in international environments in applied research and analysis, advocacy or public administration. 

You are practical, knowledgeable and skillful, and looking for a challenge to make an impact. You are passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice, and eager to be part of a team conducting cutting-edge research, advisory and advocacy work. You want to get your hands dirty to create practical interventions to ensure a positive transition to the circular economy for work and workers.

Your profile

Key Responsibilities and Duties

Research and analysis

  • Designing and leading teams carrying out research on the circular economy strategies at the national level and their environmental, economic, and labour market implications; 

  • Analysing policy and relevant data to form recommendations for stakeholders and keep up to date with emerging developments in the field; 

  • Helping to develop and implement qualitative and mixed-method approaches;

  • Helping to design scenario analysis approaches within multi-regional input-output frameworks to quantitatively assess the impact of circular interventions on employment, economy, and environment;

  • Interpreting quantitative research and advising teams conducting these approaches on how to tailor research activities to the needs of the project;

  • Writing and contributing to reports and other high-quality knowledge outputs and digital products. 

Stakeholder engagement

  • Expertly manage relationships with clients and partner organisations;

  • Set up and run workshops and meetings as part of projects and/or other multi-stakeholders processes. 

  • Represent Circle Economy in high-level forums, meetings and events. 

  • Contribute and help to expand the research and development, and outreach strategy of the Nations and Cities Business Unit;

  • Contributing to communications activities, such as through blogs and other advocacy materials;

  • Work with Circle Economy’s R&D team to drive the research agenda for the CGRI and CJI, including training junior analysts in relevant research methods, methodologies and approaches.

Project management

  • Managing projects and building internal teams to deliver innovative client projects;

  • Manage the contribution of the Circular Jobs Initiative to Circle Scans for business, cities and through our Circularity Gap Reporting Initiative;

  • Collect and organise stakeholder feedback and learning from projects as to inform the continuous development of our organisation's strategy;

  • Support in business development for the Circular Jobs Initiative and CGRi through proposal development.

Skills and Competencies


  • You have 5+ years experience in research, or sustainability consulting.

  • You are a trained researcher with expertise in and affinity with circular economy, labour market issues, economics, and related public policy. 

  • You already have experience or are looking forward to applying your knowledge of labour market issues in the context of the circular economy and sustainability more widely. 

  • You have strong qualitative research skills and comfortable interpreting and providing guidance on quantitative research;

  • You have knowledge of input-output modelling frameworks and their application to the assessment of labour market issues;

  • You have drafted publications and compelling outputs;

  • You are an excellent communicator, with experience working in international environments;

  • You are confident in building and growing relationships with external partners and stakeholders; 

  • You have excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, an additional language is a plus;

  • You are practical and knowledgeable, and looking for a challenge to make an impact. 

  • You have a hands-on mentality; the success of this programme lies in its impact.


  • Experience in developing or applying progress metrics and indicators, especially at a national level

  • You have worked with mixed methods approaches;

  • Experienced moderator and facilitator, on and offline; 

  • Demonstrated public speaking skills, in international contexts;

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in Dutch.

Why us?

What we offer you

For this role, we are offering an initial 1-year contract for 36 to 40 hours per week. We offer an awesome challenge for a passionate person that loves to learn continuously and take up responsibilities in a vibrant and talented team. Salary is competitive, keeping in mind we are a non-­profit, impact organisation, based in Amsterdam.

To apply please respond with your CV, a motivation letter and your answers to the questions below. Applications will close at the end of the month .

**Please note that applications that do not address the questions below will not be considered **


​* Please provide an example of a multi-stakeholder project you have managed, the main challenges and successes you 
   f​aced and what approaches you used to ensure its success. (200 words maximum)

* Please state your experience in modelling social economic impacts of interventions and the pros and cons of the          approaches you are familiar with. (200 words maximum)

* What do you see as the three biggest challenges when it comes to communicating with decision-makers in the public and private sector about the environmental and social impacts of circular economy interventions? (200 words maximum)

About us


Circle Economy is an impact organisation combining research, tools, and advice for the greater good. We were founded to create prosperity for all within the limits of our planet. With nature as our mentor, we accelerate circularity. We help businesses, cities, and nations with data-powered roadmaps for change. We are an international team of excited experts based in Amsterdam.


Earth, our home, needs to be healthy, safe, and just for generations to come. We harness the world’s intelligence and collaborative drive to restore its balance. It can and must be done; we pave the way.


A circular economy meets the needs of people in harmony with nature. It designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems. It’s a balancing act with nature as our mentor.


It is our mission to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Our global economy is only 8.6% circular today, leaving a massive Circularity Gap. To avoid climate breakdown, we aim to roughly double global circularity from 8.6% to 17% by 2032 in a safe and just way. We do this by creating:

An Impact-Driven Data and Evidence Base;

  • Establishing metrics for assessing circularity that embraces ecological, economical, and social indicators

  • Promoting circular solutions, innovations, and initiatives that have a positive impact on ecology, economy, and society

Actionable and Practical Strategies;

  • Building capacity of stakeholders towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • Ensuring multi-stakeholder commitment—operational, financial, and political—towards the implementation of circular strategies

  • A Digital Environment to Scale Adoption;

  • Standardising and digitising the scan approach into products and tools

  • Facilitating access to tools and knowledge through open online platforms

We are an international team of ambitious and highly driven (young) professionals who share the belief that the circular economy creates prosperity for all. We work in a lively and dynamic atmosphere in our open office space right in the heart of Amsterdam. At Circle Economy, we have a friendly and open team dynamic and a culture of getting things done while having fun.

Circle Economy welcomes applications from all qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity,as governed under our Gender Equality Plan. Circle Economy encourages our candidates to refrain from attaching their profile photos and gender details in their resumes to mitigate any potential subconscious bias.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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