Associate (Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-use and Energy Consortium)

Paris, , FR


The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been operating since 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and promote integrated approaches that address the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, academia and civil society.


Several institutions, including the SDSN, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the EAT Foundation, World Resources Institute, Systemiq, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, launched the Food and Land Use Coalitionin 2017. The coalition aims to (i) develop long-term global and national “FABLE pathways” (Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-use, and Energy) towards sustainable food and land-use systems, (ii) promote business solutions for sustainable food and land-use systems; and (iii) undertake geographical “deep dives” to strengthen national policies in support of sustainable food and land-use systems.

SDSN and IIASA, are building a global network of leading knowledge institutions across the FABLE domains and country teams in G20 and other major economies. This FABLE Consortium is developing consistent global and national FABLE pathways to explore how countries can transition towards sustainable land use and food systems. Success for this complex project will require technical rigor of the results as well as buy-in from country teams and the constituencies involved in the FABLE pathways.

The SDSN is seeking a dynamic and talented Associate for the FABLE Initiative based in its Paris office. Reporting to the Director of the FABLE Initiative, and working closely with colleagues at IIASA and other SDSN colleagues, the Associate will help build and manage a global network of research institutions. He or she will contribute to the analytical work under FABLE and help manage relationships with partners.


  • Conduct technical analyses, draft reports, and contribute to the drafting of scientific publications.
  • Provide editing and page setting support for FABLE web and non-web content.
  • Support the organization of FABLE-related events from a content, logistics, and event management perspective (including SDSN administrative processes, participants’ travels, and meeting venue coordination) in collaboration with local host institutions and the SDSN administrative team.
  • Assistance in monitoring participants’ traveling budget and other expenses related to the events (venue, catering, transportation, hotel, etc.).
  • Represent FABLE and the Food and Land-Use Coalition at international meetings and conferences.
  • Support fundraising efforts for FABLE and the broader Food and Land-Use Coalition.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Director, FABLE Initiative.


  • Minimum three years of relevant professional experience.
  • Proven experience in organizing large international events.
  • Deep understanding of the technical FABLE challenges as well as their policy implications at national, regional, and global levels.
  • Proven track-record in facilitating international multi-stakeholder coalitions around shared technical work with a strong global network of institutions covering the FABLE dimensions.
  • Familiarity with Integrated Assessment models. Formal modelling training is desired but not essential.
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Outstanding, native English oral communication and writing skills. Full proficiency desirable in one or more other languages, notably French, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, or Spanish.
  • Advanced degree in economics, natural sciences, engineering, or related discipline.
  • The candidate must have the right to work in France and should, ideally, be living in Paris.


SDSN offers a French work contract. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

To apply, submit a CV and cover letter to

We will contact only those candidates whose profile meets our requirements. Applications will be accepted until Thursday 31st of May 2018 (midnight Paris time).