ICOS Head Office is looking for a Project Manager

20 December 2022

ICOS ERIC is coordinating several EU-funded projects, the latest of which is “Knowledge and Climate Services from an African Observation and Data Research Infrastructure” (KADI) clustering 16 African and European partners. The goal of KADI is to provide concepts for developing science-based climate services in Africa that are needed to sharpen our common action. To support the coordination of KADI and possibly other projects, ICOS is now looking for a fixed-term Project Manager. 

The tasks of the Project Manager are e.g:

  • Ensure the day-to-day coordination (monitoring, management and reporting) of KADI project, with the support of the EU Project assistant;
  • Plan and organise meetings related to the role of ICOS as coordinator and support the other partners in their own meetings;
  • Support the scientific integration of the project and the links between work packages and pilot actions;
  • Contribute actively to the KADI work package on Policy Cooperation (WP5). The aim of this work package is to ensure a maximal impact of the project by promoting its outcomes in the relevant cooperation frameworks in Africa, in Europe and globally. WP5 will produce policy documents promoting the benefits of the project, present its results in conferences and events, and advocate the future needs for implementation in a collaborative AfricanEuropean perspective.
  • Participate in the general work of the unit, and the overall contribution of ICOS to projects.


About the KADI project:

Africa is the continent that contributes to global carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions the least currently. At the same time, Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impacts of climate change. Even though the total GHG emissions of the continent are globally low, the African contribution due to e.g. land-use change and urbanisation is already significant and steadily growing. However, large parts of the African continent are still white spots in terms of GHG measurements.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Design a panAfrican climate observation system developed using climate services as guiding principle;
  • Establish a broad information network as basis for a successful and sustainable cooperation that connects infrastructure operators, scientists, data and knowledge users, a community of practice in climate services, agencies and funding bodies;
  • Build a solid strategy for future implementation and use, in close connection with potential actors and users.


We expect from you

A successful candidate should hold a university degree in a relevant field (e.g. natural sciences, political or social sciences) and have a minimum of about three years of experience in the management of research projects. Some experience working in Africa or in cooperation projects with African partners is a major advantage.

Fluency in written and spoken English is an absolute must, as are skills to produce high-quality written materials for a diverse audience. The successful candidate will also have experience and skills in communications and event organisation, and will be able to work together with others in a project-like environment, in addition to being self-directed and having the ability to prioritize. Knowledge of the field of European research infrastructures and/or EU-funded (e.g. H2020 or Horizon Europe) projects is an advantage. The position requires a limited amount of travelling.

The salary in this position will be between 3900 and 4200 euros depending on qualifications, but own expectations can be expressed. There is a six-month trial period. ICOS ERIC is an equal-opportunity employer.


We offer

For a development-minded person, this position offers lots of possibilities to make a lasting impact. You will work in a small yet international team based in Helsinki, while being in contact with colleagues and other people across Europe and Africa. ICOS has a strategy to support the development of its employees. Health care, cultural and well-being benefits are part of the employee compensation package.

The position is a full-time, fixed-term until 31.12.2024, to be filled as soon as possible. There is a possibility for an extension depending on project funding. The position is located at the ICOS Head Office in Kumpula in Helsinki, Finland. Working mainly from another country within the EU might be an option if administratively possible.


To apply

Send in your application letter and CV through this form (through our HR partner Accountor), no later than January 11, 2023 at 17:00 Helsinki time. See more info here. 

For further information about the position, please contact ICOS ERIC Director General, Werner L Kutsch via email: werner.kutsch(at)icos-ri.eu.