The European Environment State and Outlook 2015 report (SOER 2015) published in March 2015 provides a comprehensive assessment of past trends and future outlooks for Europe’s environment and of opportunities to recalibrate policies, knowledge, investments and innovations in line with the long-term vision of the European Union 7th Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP).
This vision foresees by 2050 that Europeans will live well, within the planet's ecological limits where prosperity and healthy environment stem from an innovative, circular, low carbon economy where nothing is wasted, and where biodiversity is protected, valued and restored in ways that enhance our society's resilience, setting the pace for a global sustainable society. Similar long-term perspectives are embedded in global processes most notably the UN post-2015 agenda towards Sustainable Development Goals.
The SOER 2015 main messages are four-fold. EU environment policies have delivered substantial benefits for the environment, economy and people’s well-being; major challenges remain. Europe faces long-term, persistent and emerging challenges linked to unsustainable production and consumption systems, within a rapidly changing global context. Achieving the 2050 vision requires system transitions, driven by more ambitious actions on policy, knowledge, investments and innovation. Doing so presents major opportunities to boost Europe’s economy and employment and put Europe at the frontier of science and innovation
In this context, the European Environment Agency is increasing its capacity to produce knowledge and assessments in support of long-term sustainability goals within Europe and between Europe and the global level. The focus is on improving the evidence base on systemic challenges and system transitions in support of the 7th EAP, the SOER 2020 and global assessment processes, using foresight and other integrated assessment methods.
Under the responsibility of the Head of Sustainability and Foresight Group, reporting to the Head of Integrated Environmental Assessments Programme, the Project Manager shall be responsible for knowledge support and analysis in these areas.
The position will entail the following tasks:
- Act as reference persons in the European Environment Agency for long-term sustainability assessments;
- Undertake be-spoke assessments in the area of ‘socio-ecological and socio-technical systems & sustainability transitions’;
- Contribute to knowledge development in the area of foresight and long-term transitions;
- Contribute to knowledge development in the area of foresight in relation to planetary boundaries and their implications for Europe;
- Contribute to integrated assessments and indicator-based reports;
- Contribute to the knowledge base development in the area of transitions with the EEA member countries (EIONET network), especially Eionet National reference centres for Forward-looking Information and Services (FLIS) and State of Environment reporting (SoE);
- Produce short papers and concise policy briefings;
- Represent the Agency through networking with relevant external partners and stakeholders, in particular with the EU institutions and EEA member countries (EIONET network), and other relevant EU and International organizations.
Candidates applying must satisfy the following eligibility criteria on the closing date for the submission of applications:
a) Successful completion of university studies attested by a degree relevant to the field concerned (e.g. environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, system sciences, social sciences) of at least 3 years, plus 1 year of appropriate professional experience;
b) A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience after achieving the qualification set out above.
In addition, in order to be eligible a candidate must:
- Be a national of one of the member countries of the EEA (Member States of the European Union plusIceland,Liechtenstein,Norway,SwitzerlandandTurkey);
- Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
- Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service;
- Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the EEA member countries and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages (corresponding to level B.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages CEFR);
- Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
- Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.
Candidates should assess carefully and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the conditions for admission laid down in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience.
- Proven capacity (through publications) to assess long-term sustainability challenges;
- Practical experience in assessment processes with the application of foresight methods such as outlooks, scenarios and horizon scanning;
- Knowledge of relevant policy process at the national, European or global levels;
- Knowledge of integrated environmental assessment approaches;
- Proven skills to work and deliver within multi-disciplinary teams;
- Proven analytical and writing skills;
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- An interdisciplinary university-level education covering both environmental sciences and social sciences;
- Practical experience with transdisciplinary environmental assessments relevant to long-term systems transitions, ecosystem resilience, green economy, low carbon society.