Programme Director (m/w/d) Environment

European Academies Science Advisory Council 3-5y Mid Level  Anywhere 18 Nov 2019

Job Description

EASAC is now looking to appoint a new

Programme Director (m/w/d)

for its Environment Programme.

The Programme Director manages EASAC activities in the environment field, working closely with the EASAC Environment Steering Panel and its nominated Chair. S/he will also work in collaboration with two other Directors, of the Biosciences and Energy Programmes, to explore opportunities for cross-sectoral and synergistic work.

The Environment Programme Director will hold the responsibility to:

  • support the process of EASAC horizon-scanning for new projects;
  • lead on the effective implementation of EASAC Council approved environment projects;
  • keep abreast of key science and policy issues, challenges and controversies related to the field and inform and advise EASAC colleagues on important developments;
  • work within EASAC to ensure that the best relevant expertise and experience in Europe is convened, drawing on academy networks, experience and expertise;
  • assemble the science-based insights and analyses provided by the academies’ experts into draft policy reports and other texts;
  • ensure that the Environment Programme output is disseminated strategically and that it aims at policy impact; and support that science-based advice and best-practices are shared with EASAC member Academies to help build their capacity;
  • establish, develop and maintain strategic relations with key stakeholders in the EU (Commission, Parliament and agencies), especially relevant to the environment field, as well as key scientists and possibly also the (science) media.


The ideal candidate will:

  • have an outstanding scientific understanding of the environmental sciences field;
  • have a broad experience relevant to the EASAC Environment Programme and the competency to manage a demanding mix of projects and priorities across a potentially wide range of environment-related fields;
  • have an excellent command of written and spoken English, and the ability to interpret and convey scientific, technical and policy-related ideas effectively to a range of audiences;
  • have a solid understanding of and ideally also direct experience with policy processes in the European Commission and/or European Parliament;
  • be versatile, flexible and creative in problem-solving and designing effective models of project delivery and engagement. S/he will need the personal skills to work with leading experts from different fields and nations to ensure their expertise is transformed into a policy-relevant report and outcome;
  • be resilient and remain open to fresh approaches to the initiation and conduct of projects, and to the influencing (outreach) strategy that accompanies them;
  • be committed to delivering projects on time, to budget and the agreed scope;
  • build and maintain contacts in academic, research and policy-making communities in Europe and, where required, elsewhere; and represent EASAC’s position and interests in meetings and conferences/events, as required.

What EASAC offers

EASAC offers a strong supportive core team of colleagues in the EASAC Bureau (the group of President, Vice-Presidents and Steering Panel Chairs) and EASAC Secretariat as well as those working within the member academies.

In this highly impactful role, the Programme Directors operate within a fully independent organisation with an outstanding reputation, contributing to scientific analysis and science-based recommendations to policy-thinking for the benefit of Europe.

For practical reasons a consultancy contract for 8-10 days per month, with a daily remuneration of ca. €600 per day (depending on experience), can be offered.

The location of the role is flexible. The Programme Director will undertake regular travel to Brussels and elsewhere in Europe.

Appointment Process and How to Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the EASAC Secretariat in this appointment. Applications should consist of a full CV and a covering letter.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post on +31 20 2404 378 or Applications can be uploaded here, quoting reference number 4387. The closing date for applications is 9am CET on Monday 9th December 2019.

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