Project Manager (The Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM))

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Vienna, , AT


The Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) at IIASA conducts research on ecosystem management for the provision of services related to fiber, food, water and energy, in connection to economic, societal and environmental changes. The Program is renowned for its expertise in long-term global agricultural changes and food systems, and builds its competence by means of a pluridisciplinary team where quantitative analysis plays a strong role with a wide spectrum of models; from detailed process based biophysical models to global economic models.

The ESM Program is coordinating a five-year project funded by the International Climate Initiative which started in April 2017. The RESTORE+ project involves 10 partner institutions from across the globe to explore restoration and utilization options of tropical degraded and/or marginal land in order to ease pressure on deforestation as well as mitigating climate change. The project aspires to generate innovative methodology that combines multi-objective modelling (utilizing more than five in-house and newly developed models) with advanced crowd-empowered remote sensing analyses. The project will directly collaborate with policy makers in key tropical countries with the aim of high policy relevance of the planned scientific assessments as well as sustainable adoption of newly developed methodology.

The position:

As the Project Manager you will work with other IIASA staff to manage the administration and logistical needs of the RESTORE+ project. You will work with scientific staff to ensure seamless integration between timely deliveries of the projects’ administrative requirements and the projects scientific outputs. You will also act as the central point of contact in all communication and coordination related to administrative needs with project leadership, project partners, and stakeholders, including preparation of written correspondence. We also encourage applicants with academic strength and strong research interests who would like to use this position to transition toward exploratory research work that are relevant to the project activities.

Tasks and responsibilities:

• Support the RESTORE+ Principal Investigator and the coordination team at IIASA in monitoring and coordinating internal research groups, project partners and stakeholders to ensure scientific excellence and policy impact of RESTORE+ project deliverables

• Manage and execute RESTORE+ project contractual and financial administration to support the Finance and Sponsored Research Department in ensuring administrative and financial compliance of RESTORE+ project execution according to funder’s requirements

• Ensure effective communication between internal support departments and research groups, RESTORE+ project leadership, project partners and stakeholders

• Coordinate and execute logistical and communication tasks of the RESTORE+ project

• Support research tasks of RESTORE+-complementary projects within and beyond the tropics including Tropical Futures Initiative and other related ESM activities.


• Excellent understanding of budgeting, project financial management; experienced with managing budgets, financial reporting, and supporting partner organizations in their financial admin

• At least five years’ experience in project management preferably in the research areas of environment related to the topics of land use, climate or development

• Experience in academia, government, business, NGOs, and/or international organizations desirable

• Excellent organizational and time management skills, and high attention to detail

• Able to work effectively under pressure, and prioritize own workload while managing multiple tasks with ease

• Highly proficient in both written and spoken English coupled with excellent communication skills 

• Good interpersonal skills and readiness to work within a diverse and multi-cultural team environment.

Appointment Terms:

Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg (near Vienna), Austria.

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position with an initial employment contract of one year with the possibility for extension thereafter. Preferred starting date is 15 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

IIASA offers a competitive salary (based on qualifications and experience) together with a benefits package which includes home leave, moving and settlement allowances, educational grants for children of school age, and five weeks’ annual vacation. IIASA salaries are exempt from taxation in the host country of Austria, subject to the principle of income aggregation.