Wheat Initiative Programme Manager
The Wheat Initiative (www.wheatinitiative.org), endorsed by the G20 agricultural ministers, was launched officially in September 2011. It provides a framework to establish strategic research and organisation priorities for wheat research at the international level. It identifies potential synergies and nurtures collaborations between research and development programs for wheat improvement in developed and developing countries. The Wheat Initiative also develops specific activities to enhance communication and increase access for all to information, resources and technologies to support wheat improvement.
Under the guidance and supervision of the International Scientific Coordinator, the successful candidate will provide support to the global development of the Wheat Initiative, coordinate meetings of the different governing bodies and expert working groups, assist in the preparation of scientific and strategic documents, participate in the development and implementation of specific projects, and manage the day-to-day administration of the programme.
· Organise and facilitate Wheat Initiative meetings:
- Coordinate regular international meetings of the Scientific Board, Research Committee, Institutions’ Coordination Committee and Expert Working Groups;
- Organise and manage the Board and Committees’ agendas;
- Prepare relevant pre and post-meeting material;
- Circulate meeting outputs and monitor follow-up activities.
· Assist the International Scientific Coordinator in the preparation of scientific and strategic documents.
- Provide support for the preparation of formal correspondence and presentations;
- Assist in the preparation of papers and reports;
- Assist in the writing of scientific and strategic documents such as the Strategic Research Agenda and its implementation plans.
· Provide support to the International Scientific Coordinator in the development of specific projects (wheat research database, international funding mechanisms, new Expert Working Groups, etc.)
- Collect and collate information;
- Produce concept notes;
- Oversee the implementation of projects and their outputs
· Manage the day-to-day administration of the Wheat Initiative
- Ensure the appropriate execution of the Wheat Initiative programme budget;
- Administer sharing tools for use by the Wheat Initiative Secretariat;
- Undertake various office duties.
The Programme Manager will report to the Wheat Initiative International Scientific Coordinator (Hélène Lucas) and will interact frequently with various public and private stakeholders located around the world. He/she will work in the Secretariat with the Communications Officer and Administrative Assistant.
Personal Skills and Attributes
· The successful candidate will have good organisational skills with good time management and work scheduling skills as key features. A flexible approach to working hours would be an advantage.
· He/she will show ability to work on his/her own initiative, both independently and as part of a team.
· He/she will also have good interpersonal skills, the ability to work to short deadlines, be able to relate to people of different backgrounds and levels of seniority and be diplomatic, assertive and outgoing.
· The successful candidate will have excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and strong presentation skills.
· Science degree required.
· Post-graduate degree desirable.
Knowledge and Experience
· Scientific background.
· Administration experience in a project environment, including budget management.
· Experience of dealing with numerous stakeholders at a variety of levels.
· Excellent knowledge of the Microsoft suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
· Conversational French would be an advantage.
Location: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Paris, France, with occasional travel abroad.
Contract: two-year contract starting as soon as possible.
Remuneration: from 1700 € (Master’s degree with 2 years’ experience) to 2200 € per month net (PhD with 8 years’ experience) according to qualification and experience. Remuneration, working hours, holiday and social benefits defined on the basis of INRA statutory and regulatory arrangements.
Candidates should send their letter of motivation and CV email@example.com in the email subject line “Programme Manager –Last name” by 3rd of July 2014. Only preselected candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in the week starting July 8 for a start on September 1st.