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.