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Manager of the ‘Observatory for European Forests’ at the EFICENT-OEF Office

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 24/02/2013
Company Name European Forest Institute
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The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organization established by European States. EFI is actively enhancing its ability to respond to European and regional research and policy needs. This is addressed through its research and policy support at EFI Headquarters and Regional Offices, building on the extensive expertise within its EFI Associate Member network as well as other relevant expert networks.

One of EFI’s main aims is to be an acknowledged contact point for researchers, decision-makers and the public seeking unbiased and policy-relevant information on European forests and forestry. This aim is supported by all EFI units/offices, including the ‘Central European Regional Office EFICENT and the Observatory for European Forests’ (EFICENT-OEF). EFICENT-OEF is located in Freiburg (Germany) and Nancy (France); both work closely with their direct partner the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research in Zurich/Birmensdorf (Switzerland).

The OEF in particular supports EFI by providing a research-related, demand-driven and policy-oriented forest information platform. The main objective of OEF is to foster the linkages between information processes and policy decision-making processes at the national and pan-European level. For this, EFICENT-OEF is seeking a Manager of the ‘Observatory for European Forests’ (OEF Manager). The task of the OEF Manager is to ensure the implementation and further development of OEF activities in line with the overall EFI thematic research topics, ensuring the acquisition of external funding, and taking charge of administrative and personnel management at OEF. In the case of absence of the EFICENT-OEF Head of Office the OEF Manager will act as Deputy Head.

The post will involve in particular:

  • The implementation and development of the OEF programmes: 
    (1) microeconomics - forest investment analysis;
    (2) macroeconomics - forest sector modelling including criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management; and 
    (3) the observatory function - providing added-value information products and services at European level 
  • Leading the development of the observatory function. The OEF Manager will develop and implement innovative and timely information products/services in close cooperation with all EFI units and Regional Offices based on needs at regional, EU and European level.
  • Acquiring external funding within the the research/information activities of OEF.
  • Administrative and personnel management in accordance with EFI administrative/financial rules and guidelines.
  • Building and maintaining networks with relevant stakeholders and ensuring cooperation with core partners/experts, in particular within the EFI Associate Member network.
  • Ensuring close cooperation with the Nancy-Freiburg-Zurich Forest Network (NFZ.forestnet), which consists of research organizations and universities actively engaged in forest and landscape research at national, regional and international level.
  • Maintaining strong collaboration with research and training organizations in Nancy and the Lorraine region, including the local centres of INRA and AgroParisTech, the University of Lorraine, devoted to forest ecology, management and economics.

Besides the above, the OEF Manager will ensure the OEF is an integral part of EFI and EFICENT-OEF. The applicant is expected to foster close cooperation with EFI research and policy support activities and with Regional Offices, and identify options for joint projects. One important activity is the development of a ‘European Forest Risk Facility’ where information collection and its analysis, targeted information services/products and the analysis of socio-economic impacts are of central importance.

Extended experience in administration, financial and personnel management and team building are required in order to create an inspiring team environment. The OEF Manager will work in close collaboration with, and reports to, the Head of Office of EFICENT-OEF.


  • At least five years of international working experience.
  • Solid background in office and personnel management, project coordination and good communication skills.
  • PhD or equivalent in the field of forestry, economics or environmental sciences.
  • Extensive knowledge of the European forest sector.
  • Proficiency in English; good knowledge of French is an asset.

Duty station and travel:

The OEF Manager post will be based at the OEF in Nancy, France with frequent travel missions.

The OEF office is situated in the city centre of Nancy. The city itself is located in the heart of the Lorraine region, about 1.5 hours from Paris by high-speed TGV train. With its 350,000 inhabitants, Nancy is a major academic and research centre, well-known for its education and research in forestry and environmental sciences. Nancy, with its historic city centre, provides an attractive place to live, and offers a high standard of living.

Employment conditions:

The OEF Manager will be an EFI staff member. The position offers a challenging opportunity to support EFI in achieving its strategic aims within a stimulating international environment. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the post as soon as is reasonably practical. A fixed-term appointment of between two and three years is envisaged, with the possibility of extension.

Interested candidates are requested to apply online by 24 February 2013, submitting their application letter and CV with salary request (net). If it is not possible to apply online please send your application to Human Resources Office, EFI, email: efi.hr@efi.int.

EFI encourages submissions from female candidates. All applications will be handled confidentially.

Further information on the position can be obtained from: Andreas Schuck, EFICENT-OEF Head of Office, email: andreas.schuck@efi.int.


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