Senior Specialist Sustainable Land Management at ISRIC - World Soil Information

Senior Specialist Sustainable Land Management at ISRIC - World Soil Information

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20 Jan 15 Feb Wageningen

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Job description

Do you have a passion for, and comprehensive experience with, sustainable land and soil fertility management? With a proven track record in acquiring international projects and with a strong international network? And do you like to travel? Then you may be the candidate we are looking for!

Major duties are to:
  • pro-actively maintain an effective, global network with scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the field of sustainable land management;
  • design ISRIC's strategy in the field of Sustainable Land Management, in line with ISRIC overall strategy;
  • develop and coordinate projects aimed at supporting sustainable land management;
  • cooperate closely (in project acquisition and implementation) with users, clients, funders and colleagues at ISRIC;
  • participate in the Steering Committee of WOCAT (the World Overview of Conservation Technologies and Approaches) and promote/apply WOCAT methodologies in upcoming projects.


Wageningen University & Research


  • at least a MSc degree in e.g. physical geography, agronomy, environmental science or soil science. Although we are not looking for a researcher, a scientific track record in sustainable land management or soil fertility is considered an asset;
  • significant experience (> 7 years) in sustainable land management / soil fertility projects at national, regional and global scales;
  • proven track record in acquiring large international projects, preferably in the field of combatting land degradation and sustainable land management;
  • a relevant and active international network;
  • good communication skills and ability to effectively engage with users and clients as well as with specialists;
  • good command of English and preferably other languages (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese);
  • willingness to travel frequently when needed.
  • Affinity with (or experience in) spatial mapping techniques, preferably in the context of sustainable land management and/or soil fertility management.

Conditions of employment

A challenging temporary position for a period of 3 years with possibilities for a permanent position. Depending on your experience, a competitive salary of between € 4406 and € 6133 gross per month, for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Wageningen University CLA (scale 12-13). A part-time assignment of 4 days per week is negotiable. Applicants with non-Dutch citizenship may qualify for tax reduction over 3 years.

You will work in a challenging and international working environment with a diverse, experienced and motivated team at a renowned institute in the field of soil information. While working at ISRIC, you will have ample possibilities to engage with researchers from WUR and their projects.

In addition, we offer:
  • ample possibilities to further develop your technical or personal skills, because we believe lifetime learning is important;
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent educational opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • excellent ABP pension regulations;
  • 232 hours of leave, the option to purchase additional hours, and good additional leave regulations;
  • a choice model to partially create your own benefits package, which includes a bicycle scheme;
  • a lively green workplace where it is easy to establish new contacts, and where many activities take place on Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research, and business are all represented;
  • the opportunity to use the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


Wageningen University & Research

ISRIC - World Soil Information ( has the mission to serve the international community with information about the world's soil resources to help addressing major global issues. We are the International Council for Science (ICSU) accredited World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989 and maintains the World Soil Museum. In partnership, we operate in four priority areas: (i) standard setting for soil information; (ii) production and serving of spatial soil information products; (iii) education and capacity building; and (iv) development of derived products for specific user groups. ISRIC is an independent foundation located at the Wageningen Campus and has a strategic cooperation agreement with Wageningen University and Research (WUR).

Do you want to know more about us? Check out the sneak preview of our new SoilGrids product, our pilot projects in Senegal and Mali and of course previous or ongoing SLM projects.

Besides the development of soil information, ISRIC has a solid track record in the field of land degradation assessment and sustainable land management (SLM). We work actively on the application of soil information to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through the promotion of sustainable land management globally and developing spatial information products related to land degradation and sustainable land management (SLM).

We are looking for an experienced colleague who will lead ISRIC's activities in this field.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 587693


Wageningen University & Research

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