The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent institute at the interface of research and decision-making that investigates sustainable development issues requiring global coordination, such as climate change or the erosion of natural resources. IDDRI has a three-fold mission: to guide decision-making; to identify the key topics of tomorrow; and to open up a space for dialogue for actors with often divergent interests. To fulfil it, IDDRI clarifies the issues, brings together the actors involved, and facilitates a shared understanding of the problems (www.iddri.org).

IDDRI’s permanent team is made up of around forty people, including around thirty multidisciplinary researchers (economists, lawyers, political scientists, geographers, etc.).


The Green Deal adopted by the European Union sets the direction for an ambitious and necessary transition of the European food system. Such a transition requires an unprecedented renewal of economic models and political frameworks. It requires building innovative solutions with all the actors involved, based on the best possible scientific data, at the crossroads between agro-environmental, socio-economic and political issues. If each country must consider specific transitions, the single market and the European political context requires reflecting on this transition not only on the scale of a country but in a coordinated and coherent way between the different States members.

About the position


The Development Manager of IDDRI’s “Agricultural and food policies” program will contribute to supporting the transition of the European food system through the development of a network of European think tanks working to set the conditions for a sustainable food system in Europe, supported by a team of leading researchers.

Under the responsibility of the Director of the “Agricultural and food policies” program, the Development Manager’s main mission is to structure and finance an intellectual intervention mechanism (think tank) in 5-7 Member States aimed at connecting with the upcoming European negotiations on agriculture and food (in particular the implementation of the Farm to Fork strategy).

As such, they are responsible for the following missions, divided into three parts:

  • Fundraising component
    • Ensures constant dialogue with current and potential financial partners of the program (mainly philanthropic foundations), in order to (1) understand their needs and capacities and (2) converge towards a shared vision of the objective and strategy of the program, with the aim of allowing the program to develop with appropriate funding, both in terms of amount and type of funding;
    • Develop a 5-year development plan for the program, by co-drafting and regularly updating, with the Program Director and the partners, the investment plan and the associated financing plan (including that of the various partners in the countries, taking into account their absorption capacity, their need for capacity building and the strategic challenges specific to the country);
  • Intervention partnerships component
    • Based on the prospecting work of the Program Director, the Development Manager consolidates, develops and monitors a network of intervention partners (think tanks) located in the 5 to 7 priority Member States of the program, with the objective of (1) developing intervention capacities in each country and (2) creating a network whose formal and informal governance makes it possible to act in a convergent manner on a European scale;
  • Influencing component
    • Contributes to the development of the European intervention strategy coordinated between several Member States and in Brussels, by promoting frequent and quality exchanges between the members of the network and the development of a community of practices.

The Project Manager may also be required to contribute to typical think tank activities including:

  • The organization of workshops and dialogues with the institute’s target decision-makers and influencers;
  • The production of reports, notes and proposals addressed to decision-makers and other targets;
  • Operational and strategic coordination with various intervention partners (NGOs, ministries and agencies, international institutions, private sector);
  • Participation in meetings and conferences;
  • Circulation and promotion of IDDRI’s work, in cooperation with the communication team and partners, to various targets;
  • Contributing to fundraising and reporting activities.

Required experience

Holder of a Master’s Degree, you have a solid experience (7 years minimum) in fundraising, the development of organizational strategy, as well as in the coordination and engagement of networks of actors.

You also have a good knowledge of the European institutions.


  • Organizational development strategy: autonomy, medium/long term vision, network engagement
  • Fundraising / development of financing plans
  • Knowledge of European institutions and structuring of European partnerships
  • Understanding of political processes and strategic vision
  • Fluent English and French mandatory; a third language (Spanish, German, Polish) would be extremely appreciated
  • Good knowledge of how food systems work would be a plus.

How to apply:

Proposed contract: Fixed-term contract with a defined purpose (CDD OD) of 3 years.

Location: Flexible, depending on the availability of the candidate (availability of offices in Paris and Brussels).

Contact: Eleonore Para, Senior adviser at Mavence France – eleonore.para@mavence.com


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TypeTemporary contract

TimeFull time


SectorPublic policy