23 May 2024

Junior Policy Officer/Assistant to the Secretary General of the PREZODE Initiative M/F

About Company / Organization

Institut de Recherche et Dévelopemment (IRD) - PREZODE Initiative

The position is attached to Institut de Recherche et Dévelopemment (IRD), a multidisciplinary French public research organization that, for nearly 80 years, has been engaged in equitable partnerships with the countries of the South and in French overseas territories. A player in the international development agenda, its priorities are part of implementing the Sustainable Development Objectives.

Together, scientists and partners of the Institute offer concrete solutions to respond to the global challenges facing societies and the planet. This win-win relationship makes science and innovation major levers of development.

The Institute is placed under the dual supervision of the Ministry responsible for Higher Education and Research and that responsible for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

PREZODE (Preventing Zoonotic Disease Emergence) is an international One Health initiative. Launched in January 2021 during the One Planet Summit, this initiative brings together more than 240 actors from governments, research institutions, academia, civil societies, health agencies, and other relevant entities from all over the world. Its major ambition is to advance research, advocacy, and international collaborations to prevent, reduce and tackle the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

Its governance is organized around four main bodies: the General Assembly, the Steering Committee, the Donors Committee, and the Secretariat. The overarching goal of the Secretariat is to support the development, implementation, and success of the initiative by managing operational activities associated with the annual work plan. The Secretariat will provide substantive support to the initiative's governance bodies, committees, working groups, partnerships, and memberships.

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Job Description

Junior Policy Officer/Assistant to the Secretary General of the PREZODE Initiative M/F

Brussels, Belgium


The Junior Policy Officer shall support the Secretary-General with the following tasks:
- Preparation and follow-up of governing bodies and bilateral meetings.
- Drafting reports and working documents.
- Preparation of global events and missions of the SG/President or other PREZODE representative at global events.
- Providing assistance and support in conducting election and voting procedures.
- Manage the Secretariat files, documents, calendars etc.
- Keeping up-to-date relevant information to best inform the SG and Secretariat members

More information: https://ird-career.talent-soft.com/offre-de-emploi/emploi-junior-policy-officer-assistant-to-the-secretary-general-of-the-prezode-initiative-h-f_258.aspx

- University degree, preferably in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, or a related field to the scope of the initiative, and have 1-2 years of relevant experience
- M/F

- Excellent spoken and written English skills (French language skills would be a plus).
- Proficiency in office tools, calendar management, and videoconferencing.
- Strong synthesis and writing abilities
- Strong organizational skills
- Understanding of public administration operating methods
- Ability to comprehend complex environments and mechanisms

- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders
- Strong personal and work ethics
- Ability to work as a team member

- Full-time position in Public Service.
- Place of work: Brussels, Belgium. Please note that only candidates with a European Union work permit will be considered for this position.
- 12-month contract (extendable once)