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GEM is an equal opportunity employer, and we do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. 


We offer a safe and comfortable working environment with competitive salaries based on a non-profit scale and commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


We offer a young, innovative and stimulating international working environment in Pavia, a university town in the North of Italy (35kms from Milan).

John Schneider, GEM Secretary General receives the Damir Čemerin Award in 2018 from the UNDRR on behalf of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation.

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GEM Secretary General Job Advertisement

GEM Foundation is seeking to fill the position of Secretary General. 


GEM (Global Earthquake Model), a non-profit foundation and public-private partnership based in Pavia, Italy, is a global leader in the development of software, data and tools to analyse the risk to earthquakes and other natural hazards worldwide. GEM’s OpenQuake software and global earthquake hazard and risk models and information are used extensively by academics, the insurance/financial risk management industry and governments.  For more information see:


The Secretary General is GEM’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible to the GEM Governing Board for the execution and management of all scientific,  economic and administrative activities of the Secretariat.  The GEM Foundation has a staff of 30 people, mainly scientists, engineers and IT professionals. The Secretary General is responsible to secure a financial annual budget of at least 3M Euro, from sponsors, projects and commercial income. 


The position will be available from June 2023 and will be filled on a 2-year, renewable basis, located in Pavia, Italy.  Remuneration is negotiable, dependent on skills and experience.


For more information on Qualifications and Experience required and the Role Description, see below. Submit applications to by 09 January 2023 CET. Applications should include a) letter expressing motivation and interest; b) resume and c) names and contact information of 3 references.

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Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:


  • Strong management experience with interdisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and IT professionals.

  • Proven experiences in the management of projects with international partners and participants including the assurance and administration of budgets.

  • Extensive international experience in disaster risk reduction or risk management.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills.

  • Experience with working in multi-cultural environment and building consensus among diverse and competing interests.

  • Belief in and commitment to GEM’s core principles: openness, collaboration, credibility, and public good.


Additionally, qualifications and experience in the following areas would be highly valued:

  • Strong background in science or engineering, with knowledge of one or more of the following technical disciplines: earthquake hazard or risk modelling, catastrophe risk assessment, or disaster risk management and reduction.

  • Experience in working with academic, government, UN/inter-governmental and private sector organisations, including in a public/private partnership.

  • Active in or knowledge of international frameworks pertaining to disaster risk reduction: Sendai Framework for DRR, Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Change Agreement.

  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the development and application of catastrophe risk models to disaster risk reduction, ranging from insurance/risk financing to development aid applications.

  • Experience working in and/or with developing countries, including the development of institutional capacity for assessing and/or managing natural hazard risks.


Role Description


  • Title: Secretary General.

  • Authority: Chief Executive Officer with authority to secure and administer funds and enter into contracts and agreements on behalf of the GEM Foundation.

  • Accountability: The Secretary General is directly responsible to the Governing Board for the execution of all scientific and administrative activities of the Secretariat.

  • Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Secretary General include the following:

    • Oversee the development and execution of the annual work program and the expenditure of the budget.

    • Recruit and supervise the work of the Secretariat, including consultants and seconded personnel.

    • Assure annual funding of the Secretariat by securing sponsor funding, research grants, consulting services, as well as dissemination and sale of products.

    • Legally represent the GEM Foundation and serve as non-voting member and executive Secretary ex officio of the Governing Board.

    • Develop strategic plan and assure activities are in line with GEM’s mission, vision, international drivers, and resources. 

    • Communicate with sponsors and stakeholders, maintaining GEM’s collaboration network internationally and across the academic, industry and government sectors.

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