Programme Officer for the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre

About the JRC

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available on the JRC website.

The current vacancy isin Directorate for Space, Security and Migration, Disaster Risk Management Unit. The European Commission’s Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) is enhancing its work on risk data. In fact, the Green Deal is kicking off a rapid transformation in Europe and the Adaptation Strategy, the Mission on Climate Adaptation, the Sustainable Finance Directive, the reformed Common Agricultural Policy etc. will generate a wealth of risk assessment data - in a fragmented way. It is in the interest of the Commission to capture this data centrally, process it and make it available to Member States to exploit the data for national risk assessment, preparing for worst-case scenarios and covering financial risk exposure. The place to do so is the DRMKC and its Risk Data Hub, as already foreseen in the Climate Adaptation Strategy. This work will be particularly relevant in view of the DRMKC’s role as nucleus of the Science Pillar of the Civil Protection (UCP) Knowledge Network.

The offer

The selected candidate will contribute to the assessment of the data and science landscape for the different DRM phases:

  • S/he will gain an overview of all potential sources, identify the scope and the type of data required to fulfil the knowledge gap in understanding disaster risks, facilitate acquisition, storing and modelling of the data.
  • S/he will support in preparing analytical situation reports, scenario building, policy briefs and customizing them for the targeted audience (e.g. policy makers, operational bodies, academia, citizens).
  • S/he will leverage information design concepts and principles to create compelling and effective charts, tables, presentations and other visuals that convey analytical results clearly and effectively.


The ideal candidate has a data science background and experience in Knowledge Management in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and with excellent communication and writing skills. The following skills are essential:

  • Experience in risk data pre-processing, analysis and visualization
  • Experience in dealing with geospatial information
  • Proven experience in report writing to disseminate key data and findings to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with knowledge management in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Ability to provide hands-on analytical support and be involved in day-to-day activities of the team.
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken) in English (C1) The following skills are useful:
  • Experience in Disaster Risk Management
  • Experience in risk assessment including multi-hazard risk assessment
  • Capacity to translate
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary teams
  • The candidate should have a proven track record of peer reviewed scientific publications