Director of Programmes

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
Paris, France
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and French


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The Director of Programmes’ Role

With a strong knowledge of sustainable development issues, a deep understanding of political interactions between stakeholders in the formulation of policies, and of the obstacles and opportunities for their implementation, the Director of Programmes is responsible for developing IDDRI’s strategic research programme, aiming to increase its focus and policy relevance. In collaboration with the other executive committee members and after consultation of IDDRI’s partners (research, private companies, government and public bodies), the Director sets the priorities in view of the activities’ impact strategy and their policy relevance at the national, European and international levels, while ensuring a high level of scientific credibility.

With strong communication skills both in French and English, the Director of Programmes supports the Executive Director in representing IDDRI in national and international forums. Experienced in management, the Director coordinates and manages a multidisciplinary team of Programme Directors and Initiative Leads. The Director of Programmes must have a solid experience of engagement in public policy processes in a government structure/cabinet, an NGO, a think tank or policy research institute in order to develop IDDRI’s impact and influence.


  • Defines IDDRI’s strategic research programme combining policy relevance and scientific legitimacy: horizon scanning and understanding of the evolution in the political and scientific fields, co‐construction with stakeholders, facilitation of the programming process, evaluation of programme and initiative impact strategies, agenda setting for new research directions, etc.
  • Coordinates its implementation by the research team in coordination with the Communication and Development Director: elaboration of key messages and outreach strategy (targets, policy agenda…), identification of appropriate means and products (publications, events…) for increased influence, stakeholders’ involvement; also promotes collaboration across programmes and oversees the scientific and political coherence of new projects with the priorities of the strategic programme and impact strategy;
  • Ensures external representation in support to the Executive Director; maintaining and developing institutional partnerships, as well as networks and alliances with IDDRI’s stakeholders at national and international levels (research centers, think tanks, private companies, ministries and government agencies…);
  • Manages a multidisciplinary team of a highly qualified Programme Directors and Initiative Coordinators: annual evaluation, skills development, change management, recruitment…

Qualifications and experience

  • An advanced university degree in economics, international relations, political science, or environmental studies. A PhD is an asset.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience with 5 in a management position in think tank, an NGO, a ministerial cabinet, or local governmental entity… in France or internationally. Experience in or with the academic community is an asset.
  • Deep understanding or experience of policy processes and political decision making, and contribution to the formulation of public policy decisions particularly in the international context but also in the EU and national contexts.
  • Strong knowledge in the field of sustainable development and environment.
  • Excellent understanding of the European and international political context, of the multilateral field; good knowledge of a multi actor context (central and local public administrations, private sector, research organisations, NGOs).
  • Good knowledge of both science / policy interfaces and of the private sector.
  • Good understanding of the production of scientific knowledge.
  • Publications on sustainable development.
  • Strong capacity to build strategic partnerships and alliances.
  • Excellent communication skills in French and English.


  • Capacity to think globally and strategically, to develop a long term vision, to face challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong management skills; capacity to plan, prioritise, delegate, set objectives…
  • Great learning capacity and capacity to promote change.
  • Great flexibility and adaptability to a changing political environment.
  • Willing and able to travel extensively

Terms and conditions

  • Position based in IDDRI’s offices in the heart of Paris
  • IDDRI offers a long‐term local contract with all benefits (public social security and retirement plan, 50% of additional employer paid insurance, 30 days paid holidays)
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, determined in accordance with IDDRI’s established rules and regulations

How to apply?

Applications should be sent to . Candidates should submit:

  • a cover letter and CV;
  • a list of selected publications (where relevant);
  • the names of 2‐3 referees;
  • a writing sample (e.g. a published paper, media article, or essay).

Key dates

  • Application deadline: Friday 15 March EOD
  • 1st round of interviews: 25 or 27 March 2019
  • Shortlisted candidates: interviews on 8, 9 or 12 April 2019