Vacancy at Foundation for Sustainable Development

Published on
February 12, 2018

Are you interested in Ecosystem Services?

The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is looking for an Event & Administration Assistant, who will be part of the conference management team of the foundation. As an Event & Administration Assistant you will assist in the organisation of international (scientific) conferences of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). The tasks entail a broad range of activities and require an independent and proactive attitude in a small and informal team with a large outreach. This position offers a unique opportunity to engage in a worldwide network within the field of ecosystem services.


  • Coordination of conference processes: to make the conferences a
    success, many processes need to be coordinated on forehand. You will
    assist coordinating these processes such as the organisation of breakout
    sessions, abstract handling, and assisting in editing the conference
    program booklet. These processes need to be guided through our
    conference CMS, web updates and by communicating with hosts and
  • Conference administration: maintain payment system, administer
    payments of participants, answer to questions regarding conference
  • Communication: informing and answering to questions of hosts,
    delegates and other interested parties. Maintain conference website(s)
    up-to-date, provide input for monthly ESP Update. Liaise with Local
    Conference Organisation.
  • Community support: to make the ESP network grow, and promote other
    activities of FSD, you will assist with various networking and outreach

    Support with ongoing or new projects of FSD will be required
    occasionally. These projects will be assigned based on your interests
    and capacities.

Required knowledge and skills

  • Experience in the coordination of (scientific) events/conferences (+200)
  • Pragmatic, able to maintain overview, with eye for detail
  • Good in (conference) administration
  • Able to communicate effectively to different stakeholders
  • Knowledge and experience with HTML and website content management systems (WordPress)
  • Supportive attitude towards conference participants
  • Excellent communicative skills in English, both in writing and verbally. Dutch or other languages are a plus
  • Experience with intercultural communication and work in an international environment
  • Understanding of needs of a largely scientific audience
  • Education level: BSc or MSc
  • Willingness to travel occasionally
  • Advanced level of understanding of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher to occasionally design items.
  • Able to work independently and proactively, with a flexible attitude
  • Interest in Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital is a plus

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