VACANCY OPEN: Foreign language secretary

October 18 - 2018

We are

the host organisation for this position, The Julius Kühn-Institut, is a research organisation that operates as an independent arm of the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL)


The Wheat Initiative was established in 2011 following endorsement from the G20 Agriculture Ministries. It brings together private, public and non-profit actors in wheat research to develop strategic research priorities and activities in both developed and developing countries.


The Wheat Initiative secretariat has been based in Paris at the INRA headquarters but is now located to Berlin-Dahlem where it is hosted by the Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) Federal Research Institute for Crop Plants (Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen).


We are looking

for the Wheat Initiative based in Berlin-Dahlem


Foreign language secretary/Administrative assistant


available immediately for up to four years.


The Administrative Assistant will support the Program Manager in the day-to-day operation of the Secretariat to facilitate the work of the Committees and Expert Working Groups. He/she will report to the Program Manager. While he/she will work in the Secretariat based in Berlin, occasional travel may be required to attend international events and workshops.





  • general secretarial and office duties including handling correspondence, booking and managing appointment and filing
  • monitoring finances including reconciliation of budgets, and dealing with travel and other reimbursements
  • creating reports, agendas, and meeting minutes by bullet points
  • reception and assistance for visitors
  • (translation of texts (German-English, English-German))
  • liaison with other administrative and support groups and colleagues in the JKI; general support and interaction with colleagues in the JKI
  • assistance and support in the planning of events




  • formal qualifications as a foreign language assistant, European assistant, business assistant or foreign language economics assistant or equivalent
  • practical experiances secretarial work and management
  • an excellent written and oral command of English, second language is of advantage
  • good general knowledge, polite, friendly and open personality
  • able to work well as part of team and willingness to support others
  • good knowledge and experience in the use office computing (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, e-mailing and general internet use)


In case of equal qualification, applicants with disabilities will be specially considered. Only a minimum of physical fitness is required.


The Julius Kühn-Institute promotes gender equality in the workplace.


We offer

  • a full-time employment with 39,0 hours a week. Generally, various forms of part-time employment are possible. The employment contract will be based on the collective agreement for the public service in Germany (TVöD).
  • a remuneration according to salary group E 7 TVöD, provided that the successful applicant meets the required qualification and personal specification.




We invite qualified applicants to submit their complete application in English under the Reference No. “ B-WI-Femdspr. 01/18“ by October 18th 2018 to


Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)

Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen


Königin-Luise-Straße 19

14195 Berlin


Applications must be submitted in writing not via e-mail.



For further information please call +49(0)30 83042605 (Dr. Alisa-Naomi Sieber) or send an e-mail to alisa(dot)sieber(at)julius-kuehn(dot)de

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04/10/2018 - 11:03