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Reference : UMR7209-CHABOU-001
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Thursday, October 24, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2139€-2249€ gross monthly according to experience
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : Indifferent
The project manager (PM) will assist two principal investigators in coordinating two international archaeological exploration projects in a major oasis in Northern Arabia. He or she will be responsible for ensuring the animation of the consortium and facilitating the general operation in accordance with the terms of the grant agreements. These functions will thus cover a set of tasks related to the organizational, administrative, financial and legal management of the project.
Under the responsibilities of Charlène Bouchaud (Laboratory AASPE, National Museum of Natural History) and Jérôme Rohmer (Laboratory Orient&Méditerranée) who are the two Principal Investigators, and in closed contact with the Regional CNRS office Paris Centre, the project manager will be responsible for the following activities:
ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:
- Assist and advise partners on the administrative aspects of the project and ensure liaison between the two coordinators and the funders, the Royal Commission for al-Ula (RCU), the French Agency for the development of al-Ula (AFALULA) and the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS).
- Track expenses (breakdown and transfer of funds, updating and monitoring budgets, internal financial summary reports, etc.) within the framework of the CNRS management tools.
- Manage the administrative and logistic fieldwork organization.
- Participate in field missions: intendance, logistics and documentation tasks.
- Coordinate the preparation, consolidation and submission of financial reports in close collaboration with the Regional Delegation of the CNRS, in accordance with the deadlines specified in the grant agreements.
- Throughout the project, the manager has an advisory role with the coordinators, helping them to resolve difficulties in project management and providing technical assistance on administrative and financial aspects.
- Ensure compliance with the obligations described in the grant agreements.
- Follow and update the contractual documents if needed.
- Assist the scientific coordinators in project-related tasks (project implementation, monitoring of work plan, co-facilitate meetings, participation in the drafting, editing and layout of activity reports, etc.)
- Organize, participate and animate consortium meetings, symposia, seminars and workshops
- Participate in data management (database) and their valorization (writing, editing, disseminating).
- Exercise a regulatory watch.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- Master's degree or equivalent, including training in project management
- Mastery of project management tools (spreadsheets, planning tools ...) and communication tools (website, newsletter, etc.)
- Fluency in French and English (written and oral); knowledge of Arabic appreciated but not essential
- Writing, synthesis and popularization skills required
- Knowledge in Computer-aided design (CAD) and desktop publishing (DTP), database or GIS software would be a plus
- Great sense of rigor, organization and priority management
- Ability to work in a team and in a multicultural context
- Negotiation capabilities
- A scientific background in Humanities, notably in archaeology, would be a plus
- Knowledge of the operating rules of a public research organization (call for tenders and competitive bidding in the context of public contracts, etc.)
Both projects focus on the al-Ula region, the main oasis of northwest Arabia, occupied from the late Neolithic to the present day:
- The DADAN project (coordinated by Jérôme Rohmer) is an archaeological excavation and exploration project of the oasis' largest archaeological site, Dadan, which was the capital of the first great North Arab kingdom in the Iron Age (1200-300 BC) and a major hub on the "incense road" linking South Arabia to the Mediterranean basin and Mesopotamia. Five extensive excavation campaigns are planned, as well as surveys in the mountainous hinterland of the site, and a series of specialized studies.
- The ECO-Seed project (coordinated by Charlène Bouchaud) aims to document the relationships between human populations and their environment and the exploitation of plant resources in the al-Ula oasis. The goal is to understand how this great oasis was formed, evolved and hosted sustainable agricultural systems in the past. This project is based on field and laboratory studies of plant remains preserved at archaeological sites, including Dadan, and in natural sedimentary archives.
These projects are funded by AFALULA, the French agency for the development of Al-Ula (https://www.afalula.com/). This agency was created following an intergovernmental agreement signed between France and Saudi Arabia for the cultural, environmental, tourism, human and economic development of the governorate of Al Ula in Saudi Arabia ("ULA Project") and works closely with its Saudi partner, the Royal Commission for Al Ula (RCU).
The position is shared within two research laboratories (AASPE laboratory and Orient & Méditerranée laboratory) involving travels between Ivry-sur-Seine and Paris (Natural Museum of Natural History). The project manager will also be asked to participate in field missions in Saudi Arabia (about 2 months per year).
- RCU (Royal Commission for al-Ula): https://rcu.gov.sa
- AFALULA: https://www.afalula.com
- CNRS: https://cnrs.fr
- Lab. Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique, Sociétés, Pratiques, Environnements (UMR 7209): https://archeozoo-archeobota.mnhn.fr/fr
- Lab. Orient & Méditerranée (UMR 8167) : https://www.orient-mediterranee.com/
- National Museum of Natural History: http://mnhn.fr
Constraints and risks
The position implies mobility in the Ile-de-France region, and occasionally to Europe and Saudi Arabia
The 12-month contract is renewable for a period of 36 months.
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