Who we are

Etifor restores the balance between humans and nature. How? By improving the value of nature through science, innovation and governance. Our work is to help clients increase the economic, environmental and social benefits of policies, projects and investments. Together we will address environmental and social issues with the aim of enhancing nature.

Being part of our team means sharing our values (see our Ethical Management System) because the only thing that really matters to us is how green your heart is. We are discrimination-free space, for this reason we welcome and value (bio)diversity in every form!

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a person interested in the connections between local development, sustainable tourism, social innovation and participatory approaches. The person should be capable of coordinating projects independently and available to travel on a regular basis to meet stakeholders and project partners (located mainly but not only in Veneto).

Read the job offer to discover all the details!

About the job

The selected candidate will work in direct contact with the top management of the company and will be in charge of:

  • Plan and manage the Local Development Program, support strategy development and its implementation.
  • Support pipeline and delivery of consultancy activities and EU and regional grants and project development.
  • Conduct research and knowledge transfer activities within complex local development projects in rural and natural areas, tourism and destination management, social innovation, public-private governance, participation, local development policies.
  • Establish and maintain existing networks for local development at regional, national and international levels (Destination Management Organisations, Local Action Groups, RDP Operational Groups, European Cooperation).

Weekly travels to rural areas of Veneto (mostly) and near by regions are required; for this reason, you will need to be autonomous/independent when travelling.

Qualification, experiences and skills required

Educational background

Master’s degrees or PhD in Economics, Social or Environmental Sciences. Other degrees will be evaluated if backed up by relevant experience.


At least 4 years’ experience in at least one of the following roles:

  • EU or regional funded Project Manager or Grant writer (Horizon, Erasmus+, Interreg, FSE, FESR, etc.)
  • Facilitation & stakeholder engagement (DMO, Local Action Groups, RDP Operational Groups, European Cooperation)
  • Other roles within public-private agencies in relation to environmental, rural development, urban policy, planning, etc. (Regional agencies, Local Action Groups, etc.)


Here are the skills we are looking for, if you think you have some or all of them, send us your application.

  • Project management.
  • High level of self organization and work planning.
  • High level of interpersonal skills.
  • Facilitation and stakeholder engagement.
  • Excellent knowledge of Office and Google Workspace suites.
  • Excellent Italian & English, another foreign language is a plus.

What do we offer you?

If you are aligned with our mission and fit with this position, we will help you to grow within the company, have a good work-life balance, and have a positive impact on the environment, within an international smart and friendly workplace. In particular:

  • An exciting and challenging position within a dynamic, innovative, international & smart consultancy company working to connect humans and nature and dealing with the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • A value-driven team, with a balanced gender ratio and 33 average age.
  • A mixed academic and business work environment. Etifor works together with the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Padova and our projects are often focused on Research & Development.
  • Flexible working hours and a smart working approach (we have a results-based approach). Depending on the type of contract and on the working years in the company, you will be able to take advantage of:
    > Welfare Plan: from 1K to 4K/year of vouchers for transports, travels, sport, health, cultural activities, etc.
    > Meal vouchers: meal vouchers  of a daily value of 8€.
    > Salary Adjustments: agreed upon special conditions/activities/tasks.
    > Bonus: individual financial rewarding weighted by both individual and company performances, up to +20% your base salary.

Contract Start Date

Asap, from April 2022


Piazza Alcide de Gasperi n. 41, 35131 Padova, Italy.

Contract type

● 1-year fixed term contract (with the possibility of becoming permanent);
● Starting gross salary range: depending on experience and contract type within CCNL salary range, 4 or 3 level CCNL Commercio. Salary adjustments may be discussed during the first interview.
● Full time contract. Smart-work and telework arrangements may be discussed during the first interview.

How to apply?

The candidate must send the following information in English through the online form on this page (please select the following Application Type: Local-development) no later than February, 27th 2022. For further information write to jobs@etifor.com.

Mandatory materials to apply:

  • updated CV in English. Please, in your CV or application, state your status in relation to the disability Law 68/99;
  • cover letter (max 1 page) with any link or document you consider highly relevant for this position.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a face-to-face interview.