The University of Montpellier is recruiting an associate program management Officer of the technical support unit for the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).

UM has entered into an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Secretariat to host the technical support unit for the IPBES “transformative change assessment” for the period from March 2022 to 2025. Under this agreement, UM seeks to recruit 3 persons full-time under fixed-term contracts:
– a lead program management officer
– an associate program management officer
– a program management assistant

Purpose of the technical support unit
The purpose of this unit is to support the production of the IPBES assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and the determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity. The technical support unit will work in close collaboration with the IPBES Secretariat, under the direction of the Executive Secretary, to ensure proper implementation of the assessment.

The Associate Program Management Officer ( will work under oversight of the Lead Programme Management Officer and serve as his/her main assistant, providing direct support to the preparation of documents, reports and communications that form part of the work of the expert group, ensuring follow-up and timely delivery. S/He will coordinate the peer review process of assessment drafts and the finalization and the design of the outputs, including obtaining the necessary permissions and ensuring appropriate attribution of graphics, figures and sources displayed.
More specifically, s/he will perform the following duties:
– Contributes to coordinating the overall production of the Assessment, including front matters, summary for policymakers, chapters and back matters, in line with the Plenary approved process, timeline and budget, as well as with relevant IPBES and UNEP rules and procedures;
– Assists experts in delivering their work, including by compiling and editing material for the assessment drafts, or by responding to their requests (e.g., for literature, data, etc.).
– Contributes to the organization, preparation and facilitation of all assessment-related meetings, including all author meetings, including by preparing documents and overseeing logistical aspects.
– Contributes to the organisation and support to all internal and external review processes.
– Prepares documents for meetings of the Plenary and of its subsidiary bodies.
– Prepares, in coordination with the IPBES communications team, inputs for outreach and other communication material related to the Assessment.
– Works with the technical support units of IPBES task forces to facilitate the implementation of their work in the context of that Assessment, and with technical support units of other assessments of IPBES and contributes to ensuring consistency and harmonisation across all IPBES assessments.
– Performs other related duties as required.

The Associate Programme Management Officer will work under the responsibility of the Lead Programme Management Officer and in collaboration with the team of Agropolis International, the organisation that will physically host the technical support unit and manage the budget for the organisation of meetings.
Required qualifications and skills
Minimum requirement M.Sc. level in a relevant field (ecology, international project management, policy sciences…) and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience
• Bilingual French/English
• Excellent writing skills in English
• At ease with ITCs
• Very well organised, rigorous, autonomous
• Ability to work in a team
• Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment

Employment conditions
– Full-time job,
– Salary based on UM grid, IGE level with a monthly gross salary from 1750 € to 2195 € depending on experience and expertise
– The position is based in Montpellier, France within the premises of Agropolis International

Interested candidates should send their CV, application letter and references on website before 2 March 2022
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