Within the framework of the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) ARCHE (Alliance for Research on Cultural Heritage in Europe), the Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine  is recruting a full-time European Project Officer (EPO) for a (renewable) one-year contract to ensure the implementation and the follow-up of the project.

Presentation of the structure and the work environnement:

The Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine (FSP) is a partnership-based Foundation created in 2013 and placed under the high patronage of the French Ministry of Culture.

The Foundation’s ambition is to structure and finance research on tangible cultural heritage, around three lines of action:

  • An in-depth knowledge on cultural heritage ,
  • The enhancement of conservation and restoration techniques,
  • The improvement of the knowledge dissemination processes

As part of its international activities, the Foundation is recruiting a full-time European Project Officer (EPO) for a one-year contract (with the possibility of renewal) to implement and monitor a “Coordination and Support  Action” (CSA) project selected within the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, in response to the call for proposals HORIZON-CL2-2021- HERITAGE-02-02: Coordination of European cultural heritage research and innovation among Member States.

This three-year project, ARCHE (Alliance for Research on Cultural Heritage in Europe), brings together thirty partners from nineteen countries, with the aim of:

  • Establishing a comprehensive picture of the heritage science research and innovation landscape in the EU and propose joint action to address the needs through the effective use of complementary funding sources.
  • Developping a common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, based on a holistic approach to heritage as an interdisciplinary field for its conservation, preservation and enhancement.
  • Establishing a governance structure that fosters the involvement and commitment of partner institutions and ensures effective coordination at European level.
  • Reaching a critical mass in terms of participating stakeholders and resources necessary for the sustainable operation of the ARCHE network.

This project also aims, in the medium term, to prepare the submission of a European Partnership on Heritage Sciences in Europe, by 2025.

The project will be built in coordination with two other important European initiatives that the Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine is monitoring:

  • The Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI Cultural Heritage) whose Secretariat is hosted by the FSP since the end of 2018.
  • The European Infrastructure for Heritage Sciences (E-RIHS) project, for which the FSP hosts the French node.

Expected missions:

Under the authority of the scientific coordinator of the project, and within the team in charge of the European and international projects of the Foundation, you will be responsible for the administrative coordination of the project which started at the end of the first Semester 2022, will ensure the animation of the consortium, will facilitate the proper functioning of the project, in accordance with the terms of the contract signed with the European Commission and the consortium agreement.

In addition to this main mission, you will be required to take part in transversal actions within the FSP, in connection with its actions at the European and international levels, and in particular the JPI CH and E-RIHS initiatives.

Your tasks will be mainly divided into four parts:

1)  Coordination
  • To supervise the implementation of the project, to follow the work plan within the contractual deadlines, to develop and implement the strategies in relation with the scientific coordinator and the other projects supported by the Foundation.
  • To ensure the link between the European Commission and the consortium, as far as administrative aspects are concerned, in collaboration with the other team members.
  • To prepare, organise and participate in meetings related to the project and ensure the drafting of minutes.
  • To organise or assist in the organisation of the various meetings planned as part of the project.
  • To coordinate and supervise the production of the partners’ deliverables, prepare and write the different deliverables foreseen by the project for the PSF, in connection with the scientific coordinator of the project.
2)  Administrative and financial management
  • To assist the consortium members in the administrative aspects of the project and ensure the interface with the European Commission and the Project Officer.
  • To monitor the application of the Horizon Europe administrative rules and procedures applicable to the project.
  • To monitor expenditure in conjunction with the Financial Officer and the Foundation Accounting Department.
  • To coordinate and monitor the preparation, consolidation and submission of technical and financial reports for the Foundation, and for the other partners of the consortium, within the deadlines specified by the European Commission.
3)  Legal follow-up
  • To ensure compliance with the obligations described in the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement.
  • To implement the management plan for ethical issues and for the Data Management Plan (DMP)
4)  Communication
  • To implement internal and external communication actions.
  • To raise awareness of the open dissemination of project publications and results among partners.

Expected skills:

  • Knowledge/experience in managing and conducting funded projects, in research administration, in financial management.
  • Knowledge of the functioning and landscape of Culture, Higher Education and Research in France and knowledge of the European institutional environment and the European research landscape.
  • Experience in the management of European/international projects: knowledge of the rules of the Horizon Europe programme, or at least of the H2020 programme, and of their legal, financial and contractual aspects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Teams
  • Experience in communication (social media, web, oral, paper) and mastery of communication tools (website, blog, policy briefs, press releases, etc).
  • Experience in event organisation appreciated.


  • Writing, synthesis and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Affinity with the structure’s field of activity and a scientific background in the human and social sciences (e.g. archaeology, art history) and cultural heritage (issues surrounding conservation, protection and promotion), allowing for the mastery of the content that will be implemented, appreciated.
  • Good adaptation to teamwork in an international and multicultural context, organisational skills, sense of service. Serious and rigorous, initiative. Sense of contact, negotiation and diplomacy. Highly responsive, deadline management.
  • Good command of French and English (written and oral) and project management.

Level(s) of study: Master’s degree in political science, European affairs or equivalent.

Work conditions:

  • Place of work: The FSP is located at 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris. The project manager will be required to travel abroad. A large part of his/her missions will also be carried out from home.
  • Hierarchy:While the Project Manager will report to the Foundation’s Chief Executive, the performance of his/her duties will be directly supervised by the ARCHE Project Manager. He/she will also be in direct contact with the leaders of the JPI-CH and E-RIHS initiatives.

Duration: Full time for one year (renewal possible) starting in January/February 2023

Remuneration : 2,200 to 2,700 € gross per month, depending on the candidate’s profile.

Contacts and application procedure:

Send letter of application and CV to the following contacts before January 1st: Emmanuel Poirault, Director (emmanuel.poirault@sciences-patrimoine.org) Alexandre Caussé, ARCHE Project Manager (alexandre.causse@sciences-patrimoine.org) www.sciences-patrimoine.org