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Secretary General

The Paris Peace Forum’s Executive Committee is currently looking for a Secretary General. The candidate should have solid international experience, strong political and diplomatic expertise, and proven leadership and management skills. They will be in charge of the Association’s operation, development, and integrity in keeping with the founding values and orientations set by the Executive Committee. They will also oversee the organization of each edition of the Paris Peace Forum with support from the Association’s Permanent Secretariat, which gathers varied and versatile teams (diplomacy, public relations, communications, events, programming, press, etc.).

Under the authority of the Director General, the Secretary General will lead a team of 25 people across eight departments: finance, partnerships, protocol, communications, operations, programming, projects, and political initiatives.

Overview

  • Assist the President and the Director General in the strategic management and transformation of the Association, in compliance with the decisions taken by its governing bodies.
  • Liaise with French authorities, in particular the Office of the President of the Republic and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
  • Represent the Association at the international level and conduct high-level talks and negotiations.
  • Organize the Permanent Secretariat’s operation and ensure quality labor relations.
  • Ensure the financial sustainability of the Association by contributing to the development of partnerships and optimizing available resources.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Set the Association’s strategic orientations
  • Liaise with French authorities
  • Produce high added value political content
  • Manage relations with high-level French and foreign personalities
  • Enforce quality labor relations
  • Assess manager results and their ability to achieve their objectives
  • Coordinate the activities of the Association’s departments and supervise their managers
  • Manage cross-functional projects and resource allocation
  • Monitor the Association’s institutional operation
  • Represent the Association and present its purpose in public and the media

PROFILE

Education & Experience:

  • Areas of specialization: international relations, political science, international law, development, international cooperation, etc.
  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in history, international relations, political science, international law, development, international cooperation, etc.
  • Professional proficiency in French and English (written and spoken, C2 level or equivalent required).

Background:

  • management of an international think tank or research organization
  • experience in high-level political leadership or consulting
  • experience working in a diplomatic environment with an international posting
  • experience in the private sector and/or in consulting is a plus

Required skills:

  • Excellent command of diplomatic and international relations.
  • Proven skills in talent management and development.
  • Knowledge of French labor law.
  • Understanding of operational and financial management.
  • Expertise in operational and strategic planning.
  • Command of continuous improvement processes.
  • Strong legal skills.
  • Writing skills, perfect command of spelling, syntax, and style in French and English.
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills in French and English.
  • Proven interpersonal skills, including with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Good organization skills and methodological rigor.
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently.
  • Proactive, responsible, and capable of working under tight deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of the international organizations system and interest in the topics covered by the Forum.

CONDITIONS

Permanent contract.

The Secretary General will work at the Paris Peace Forum’s Permanent Secretariat, the offices of which are located in Paris (15th arrondissement).

Salary to be negotiated, in line with salaries in similar structures (think tanks, NGOs, etc.).

Please send your CV and cover letter to job@parispeaceforum.org by 24 October, with “Secretary General” as the email subject line.

ABOUT THE PARIS PEACE FORUM

The Paris Peace Forum was designed as a response to the rising challenges of the contemporary world. It aims to be the gathering place for governance solutions. Based on the belief that international cooperation is crucial to meeting global challenges and ensuring lasting peace, the Paris Peace Forum aims to bring together all global governance actors (states, international organizations, companies, foundations, NGOs, and civil society as a whole) around concrete projects and initiatives.