Announcement – Belmont Forum Executive Director, Apply Now!

The Belmont Forum is seeking an Executive Director to lead its International Secretariat.

The Belmont Forum seeks an accomplished, inspiring, and strategic individual who is genuinely passionate about international cooperation on the ground and the opportunity to make a lasting impact on society. The Executive Director will lead the Secretariat to realize the vision, mission, and goals of the Belmont Forum. This individual will display a genuine intellectual curiosity, an exceptional degree of interpersonal effectiveness, experience leading complex international organizations, and a commitment to support the diverse membership of Belmont Forum.

The Executive Director position is a 3-year appointment based in Montevideo, Uruguay at the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) Offices. There is the possibility of a single renewal period of 3 years subject to satisfactory yearly performance assessments. The position will commence as soon as possible and relocation to Montevideo is expected, but currently contingent upon COVID 19 travel-restrictions.

The successful candidate should have experience in the field of global environmental change, sustainability research, and related policy issues. Furthermore, leadership experience at the executive level of an international organization, program, or project would be an asset. The working language of the Belmont Forum Secretariat and activities is English; thus, it is expected that the Executive Director will be proficient in English. Competency in additional languages is desirable but not essential. The Executive Director reports directly to the Belmont Forum Steering Committee led by the co-chairs and will be accountable to the Belmont Forum Members. The Director will have oversight of Secretariat staff and is responsible for all operations.

For more logistical information on the Executive Director position, including responsibilities and desired competencies, please see the official announcement here.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing how their skills and experience satisfy the core competencies and fulfill the roles and responsibilities. Please also include the name and contact details of three referees. Applications (preferably in one combined PDF file), should be sent via email to

The closing date for applications is February 15th, 2021 at 17:00 UTC. Initial interviews will be held remotely by video conference in March 2021. Further details on the Belmont Forum secretariat and its tasks are available on request (

Find additional position details here.