Future Earth Global Hub Director, Paris, France

The Future Earth Secretariat is seeking a Director for its Global Hub in Paris.


The challenges facing the planet and its people today are vast and complex. Coral reefs and rainforests are disappearing, global temperatures are rising and in societies around the globe, inequality is soaring. At Future Earth, we are convinced that the only way to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable and equitable planet is for the world to draw on its collective knowledge. We build on our global network of thousands of researchers to spark and guide scientific inquiry on the planet’s land, air and water – and the people and biodiversity that depend on them for their survival. We also recognise that the research community on its own cannot adequately address these challenges. That is why we also collaborate with innovators in policy, business and civil society to generate research that meets society’s needs. We believe that only by working together can science and society shape and harness knowledge that is more than just the sum of its parts – knowledge that can empower people around the world to transform their communities and environment in sustainable and equitable ways.

Future Earth builds on the scientific legacy of its 20 Global Research Projects to accelerate transformations to sustainability through research and innovation. We are a major international convenor that fosters a culture of an engaged research based on the co-design and co-production of knowledge and tools. We work to incorporate the latest research findings into government, business and community decisions and policies. The Global Carbon Project’s annual projections of greenhouse gas emissions, for example, have helped to shape the targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change. We experiment in generating new ideas, innovations, and collaborations. In that vein, we are working with tech companies to develop new approaches to reducing carbon emissions. We also foster networks of early career researchers and other innovators, encouraging new ways of thinking about how sustainability research and practice gets done.

Role and responsibilities

Like the other Global Hub Directors, the Director of the Paris Hub reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Executive Team of the Future Earth Secretariat, sharing collective responsibility to deliver the organisation's strategy and vision.

Locally, the Paris Global Hub Director is responsible for raising new funds for Future Earth activities and the Paris Hub. In close collaboration with the Paris Hub Manager, she/he ensures that the Paris team is fully connected to the other Hubs and works towards Future Earth’s global goals.

We are seeking an experienced leader with a strong international profile, who will:

- Contribute to ensuring integration across the hubs to achieve optimal collaboration, communication and cooperation between the various parts of the headquarters team
- Support the Future Earth staff in achieving strategic and programmatic objectives, and develop new projects
- Raise the profile of the organisation among key stakeholders, including the private sector
- Develop and grow key partnerships and relationships
- Develop new funding streams


The position is a three-year appointment, commencing on 1 September 2018, with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance. The contracting mechanism will be discussed with the selected candidate. Salary will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate according to French salary scales.


Applications are due 10 April 2018.

Read the full position description and how to apply here: http://futureearth.org/news/future-earth-vacancy-secretariat-global-hub-director-paris