Open position at ICOS: Officer for SEACRIFOG project

Africa is the continent that produces the least of the global carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, Africa is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the impacts of climate change. Particularly agriculture, and therefore food security, are threatened by the severe effects of climate change. Even though the total greenhouse gas emissions of the continent are globally low, the African contribution due to land-use change is already significant and steadily growing. Climate-Smart Agriculture practices are a possible response to the needs of farmers to simultaneously adapt to the changing environment and reduce emissions, thus also contributing to mitigation efforts that are sometimes overlooked. However, large parts of the African continent are still white spots in terms of greenhouse gas measurements.

The goal of the SEACRIFOG project is to design an integrated observational network of the carbon biogeochemical cycles, including greenhouse gases and air quality measurements, to support Climate-Smart Agriculture practices. SEACRIFOG aims to foster dialogue in levels of policy, science and society, and to reinforce long-term and sustainable cooperation between African and European environmental research infrastructures.

ICOS is now looking for an experienced professional to reinforce the team:

Officer for the SEACRIFOG Project

The person will join the Strategy & International Cooperation Unit of three persons, and report to its Head of Unit.

In this role, the person will:

  • Contribute to develop the SEACRIFOG Dialog Platform of high-level stakeholders into a tool for the leverage of the project and create innovative ways to engage key stakeholder groups,
  • Support the finalization of concepts on network design and data portals, together with other partners in the project,
  • Produce a document targeted for decision-makers and funders to valorize the project, in close cooperation with the coordinator of the project and the leaders of the work packages,
  • Plan and organize the first meeting of the SDP in South Africa in May 2019, together with the local partners,
  • Participate to the general work of the unit and the overall contribution of ICOS to the SEACRIFOG project.


The position is a full-time, fixed-term position starting in April (as soon as possible) to February 29th, 2020.
It is located at the Head Office on the Kumpula campus in Helsinki (Finland).

To succeed in this role
The successful candidate should hold a university degree in a relevant field and have approximately three years of experience in management of research projects.
Being fluent in written and spoken English is an absolute must, as are skills to produce written materials of high quality for a diverse audience and organizing skills. Some experience of working in Africa or in cooperation projects with African partners is a major advantage.

The successful candidate will have experience and skills in communications and event organization, and will be able to work together with others in a project-like environment, in addition to being self-directed and having an ability to prioritize. Knowledge of the field of European research infrastructures and/or EU-funded (e.g. H2020) projects is an advantage. The position requires a limited amount of traveling.

The monthly salary range in this position is 3 800 – 4 200 €. There is a four-month trial period. ICOS ERIC is an equal opportunity employer. 

We offer you
For a development-minded person this position offers lots of possibilities to make a lasting impact. You will work in a small yet international team based in Helsinki, while being in contact with colleagues and other people across Europe.

To Apply
Send in your application, including your preferred starting date and CV through a form at Accountor HR4 pages, no later than March 26, 2019.

For further information
For more information about the project, please visit: www.seacrifog.eu and to know more about ICOS, please visit www.icos-ri.eu. In questions, please contact Recruitment Consultant Sanni Kröger at Accountor HR4, tel. +358 40 7388031, Tuesday the 19th of March between 9am to 10am and Thursday the 21st of March between 15pm to 16pm.


The Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS, produces standardized measurements on greenhouse gases, which is essential to understand and mitigate climate change. With more than 130 stations across 12 European countries, the data and products delivered by ICOS are used by scientists as well by governments and international organizations in their efforts to tackle the challenges caused by climate change. ICOS research infrastructure is funded by its European member countries, and has its Head Office of ca 15 persons in Kumpula, Helsinki (Finland).