CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities) is Europe’s network of research performing organizations. The members of their community are natural history museums, botanical gardens and biodiversity research centres from across Europe that hold a wealth of biological and geological collections, including animals, plants, fungi, rocks and genetic resources. The collections of our 74 institutions from 24 European countries comprise an estimated 1.5 billion specimens, including over 80% of the world’s described species.
CETAF participates in projects and initiatives that support scientific research and promote and foster taxonomy as a fundamental discipline in support of others such as ecology, genetics or biochemistry.
They are now looking for a new professional to join their team in Brussels, Belgium, and take up the role of the TETTRIs Project Manager.
With TETTRIs (Transforming European Taxonomy through Training, Research, and Innovations), CETAF envisions that the taxonomic knowledge and expertise required to study and protect biological diversity throughout Europe becomes easily and openly accessible, sustained over time and integrated into decision-making processes at all levels of society. Inspired by the goals of nature conservation and sustainability of life on Earth put forward by the Biodiversity Strategy 2030, the community of facilities, collections and experts gathered around CETAF tackle strategic research objectives in the field of taxonomy and systematics.
The project addresses the issue of the shortage of taxonomists who are able to identify species in decline, especially in biodiversity hotspots sites, and understand the causes, main drivers and interrelations. It aims to build capacity close to biodiversity hotspots and protected areas in Europe while facilitating the necessary transfer of knowledge from fundamental taxonomists to citizens and supporting the creation of reference collections, innovative tools and robust training programmes.
In advancing the field of taxonomy and beyond, TETTRIs will implement several technical and systems innovations developed by consortium partners and validated in collaboration with target groups such as citizen scientists, through third-party projects.
The Project Manager works jointly with the Project Coordinator and the rest of the Project Management Team (PMT) of TETTRIs to ensure the implementation of the work programme across the consortium. They will work in close collaboration with other project’s beneficiaries, collaborators, and boards. The Project Manager will provide top-level management of the project with regards to all communication, organisational, administrative, logistics, contractual and financial matters. The Project Manager will be supported by a project administrator and the project communicator throughout the duration of the project.
- Manage and monitor implementation of the Grant Agreement with the European Commission and Consortium Agreements among the TETTRIs consortium members.
- Manage the financial, administrative and contractual issues relating to the program according to the budget as determined by the EU and the TETTRIs Executive Board.
- Take care of the day-to-day management of the project, in coordination with the Project Coordinator.
- Monitor the progress of milestones and deliverables of the project, and ensure timely and content-wise delivery of project outputs.
- Coordinate and ensure compliance with the GA of TETTRIs-related reporting activities.
- Organise project meetings; coordinate CETAF internal TETTRIs-related meetings;
- Act as a contact point for the Advisory Boards.
- Act as interface between EU, Project Coordinator, Project Executive Board, as well as CETAF internal point of contact;
- Monitor interactions with the EU, the media and the public concerning TETTRIs activities or outputs.
Requirements qualifications, experience and skills
- Previous work experience in (EU-funded) project management.
- Extensive experience with the management and implementation of EU contracts and grants in international organisations, including proposal submissions and reporting.
- Exceptional organisational and planning skills with the ability to coordinate information and processes involving multiple people/teams/disciplines.
- Ability to manage a complex and, at times, heavy workload, to multitask and prioritize.
- Be able to direct the work of senior professionals across multiple countries.
- Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with staff at all levels within the consortium, listen to and influence others.
- Excellent English skills, both written and verbal proficiency at a fluent level.
- Experience of writing for different audiences and purposes, including funding proposals, and presenting information clearly.
- Cross-cultural sensitivity and appreciation.
- Proactive, self-motivated and result-oriented, takes initiative and has the ability to solve problems independently.
- As the job involves travel, the project manager should be able and willing to spend time abroad when needed to attend project-related meetings.
You can apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to Sebastien Bechara at email@example.com indicating ‘CETAF – Project Manager’ in the subject line.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Starting Date as soon as possible
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