Scientific and Technical Support Officer
In particular, the Scientific and Technical Support Officer will:
1. Provide day-to-day assistance to the Deputy Secretary General in supporting the implementation of the STRP work plan, including establishing and running contracts with expert consultants at the request of the STRP.
2. Work with, and provide advice to, STRP’s expert Working Group leads and specific task leads in the further development and implementation of the STRP Work Plan.
3. Work with Secretariat regional teams and STRP members to develop enhanced interaction with, and inputs from, STRP National Focal Points and Ramsar Administrative Authority Focal Points to the work of the STRP and on other scientific and technical Convention issues.
4. Support the Deputy Secretary General in the preparations for, and running of, STRP meetings and workshops, both in Gland and elsewhere.
5. Review, as appropriate, draft materials prepared by the STRP, and ensure and manage appropriate external peer review of such materials.
6. Facilitate the preparation by STRP of Scientific and Technical Briefing Notes and Ramsar Technical Reports, and oversee their finalization.
7. Compile, edit and issue periodic STRP Newsletters.
8. Keep the STRP Portal and Support Service Web site maintained and updated.
9. Assist the Regional teams and other Secretariat staff on technical and scientific matters.
10. Represent the Ramsar Secretariat and STRP at relevant meetings.
11. Seek opportunities for increased synergy with IUCN and the Convention’s other International Organization Partners in relation to the scientific and technical priorities of the Convention.
12. Undertake other duties, as required, with the agreement of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General.
• The principal qualities required are enthusiasm and a commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development issues, specifically issues related to wetlands and water management.
• Previous involvement with one or more Ramsar Convention processes and bodies at national level or international level (e.g. Ramsar Secretariat, Scientific and Technical Review Panel, Standing Committee, Conference of Contracting Parties) is a strong advantage.
• Fully fluent written and spoken English. A good knowledge of Spanish is a particular advantage; knowledge of French is an advantage.
• Experience of data and information management, including software applications. Experience in the development and maintenance of on-line databases and Web site technical software applications is an advantage.
• Experience and ability in networking within multi-cultural environments, with a wide range of scientific and technical experts and with in-country wetland conservation and wise use practitioners.
• A University degree (preferably a post-graduate degree) in a subject relevant to environmental management, wetland conservation and/or sustainable use.
• A minimum of 4 years’ professional experience in wetland-related research and/or conservation implementation and/or policy, at least one of which should be at the international level.
• Inter-personal skills, including the ability and willingness to work as a team member within the Ramsar Secretariat.
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