Scientific Officer at EPPO (P2) working 60% on Plant Protection Products and 40% in the Phytosanitary area of EPPO’s work

Ref: P2PPP
Grade: P2/1 (UN classification)
Location: Paris, France
Estimated net salary: 59 000 Eur / year
Other advantage: Mutual health insurance is covered at 100% by EPPO
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Full time: 100%
Duration of contract: 3 year with possibility of extension
Deadline: 2023-09-08 23:59:59 (Paris time)

EPPO is recruiting a full time Scientific Officer. The appointment will be for a fixed term of three years with the possibility of extension, and prospects of a permanent post after five years of satisfactory service. The post will be based in Paris. The starting salary will be based on the UNESCO P2 salary scale. 


Introduction to EPPO

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) is an intergovernmental organization responsible for international cooperation in plant protection in the European and Mediterranean region. In the sense of the article IX of the FAO International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), it is the Regional Plant Protection Organization for Europe. Founded in 1951 with 15 member governments, it now has 52 member governments including nearly every country of Western and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region.


The EPPO Secretariat is based in Paris and consists of 18 persons headed by a Director-General and an Assistant Director and carries out the work programme approved by the EPPO Council, partly on Plant Protection Products and partly on Phytosanitary Regulations. EPPO is financed directly by annual contributions from its member governments. Its official languages are English, French and for certain purposes Russian. EPPO is also hosting two networks: Euphresco (research coordination) and the European Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF).


Main tasks Plant Protection Product work area:


Main tasks Phytosanitary Regulations work area:


Essential skills and qualifications


The Scientific Officer will be based in Paris. 


Salary and benefits

The salary paid will be based on the UNESCO P2 salary scale. Net of tax and deductions this will be at least 59 000 EUR per annum. EPPO participates in the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, the French Social Security system and a supplementary health insurance scheme. For staff recruited outside France removal expenses and a settling-in grant are payable. Based on the agreement between EPPO and the French government, EPPO will arrange a work permit for the post, if needed, and a permit allowing dependents to reside in France, if applicable and needed. Some flexibility for working from home is available.


Application procedure

If you are interested, please register by following the link below and provide a covering letter, a Curriculum Vitae with publication list and referee names. Applications should be submitted by 2023-09-08. All documents should be written in English and provided as separate files. As a first step interviews will be held by videoconference in October 2023. Then shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Paris which will include written and oral exercises, early November 2023. 


Contact for further information

If you would like an informal discussion on the nature or conditions of the post before considering whether to apply, please use the online contact form  to arrange a conversation with Nico Horn, the Director-General of EPPO, or Valerio Lucchesi, Scientific Officer working on Plant Protection Products.


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