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Vacancy: Science Officer (France Hub)

The French Hub of the Future Earth Secretariat is seeking a Science Officer
1-year contract (renewable subject to satisfactory performance)


Application deadline is 31 March.

The Science Officer will work in a dynamic international setting on a range of issues. They will work in close interaction with the whole French Hub team to:

  • Coordinate the Pathways Forum webinar series: These bi-monthly events convene an international and diverse community of researchers for discussions and mutual learning on a variety of sustainability science concepts, methods, and concrete cases. The science officer will be responsible for the coordination and editorial line of the webinar series.

This includes:

    • Identifying relevant topics and speakersc
    • Outlining the main objectives and questions to be addressed in each webinar
    • Liaising with invited speakers and potential partners
    • Creating and disseminating communication materials for promoting the events
    • Organizing and facilitating the events
  • Coordinate science-policy engagement at the global secretariat level including:
    • Liaising with focal points for IPBES, CBD, UNFCCC, IPCC, UNEP, GEO, ISC
    • Coordinating and setting the agenda for bi-monthly meetings and ensuring the flow of information internally (across secretariat hubs).
  • Grant management (Pathways Communication Grants): organizing and overseeing the application and selection processes, liaising with applicants and awardees, ensuring the transfer of funds, and promoting awarded projects.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of the communication strategy for the Pathways initiative and our Hub.

The role is dynamic and will evolve in line with the requirements of the team in the French hub and the global Secretariat.

Candidate qualification requirements:

  • PhD degree either in sustainability science disciplines (interdisciplinary background or social sciences) or in environmental humanities. A very good understanding of sustainability science is requested.
  • Work experience related to sustainability issues and/or in international teams is especially valuable.
  • Excellent command of English. Working knowledge of other languages is considered an advantage.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Creative, curious, willing to learn and passionate about sustainability challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage several projects in parallel.
  • Well-developed sense of autonomy and ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.
  • Availability to occasionally travel within France and internationally.

Application procedure
Applicants to this position are requested to submit an English language curriculum vitae and cover letter describing how their skills and experience would help them  meet the requirements of the role. Non-EU citizens must provide a copy of their French work permit. Applications, in one combined PDF file, should be sent via email to with ‘Paris Science Officer’ in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as we receive them. The call will be closed as soon as a candidate is successful, and no later than 31 March 2024. Interviews will be held in person in Paris, or alternatively online.