Deputy Secretary General
The Convention on Wetlands, also known as the “Ramsar Convention” from the name of the city in Iran where it was signed in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetland biodiversity and services. It was the first of the modern global multilateral environmental agreements and remains the only one devoted to a specific critical ecosystem.
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland where the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), provides some administrative services to the Convention’s Contracting Parties for the operations and implementation of the Convention.
The Deputy Secretary General is the most senior position, after the Secretary General, in the 22 - member Ramsar Secretariat. The post-holder provides the lead within the Ramsar Secretariat on all scientific, technical and policy matters with a global relevance.
The position requires an extensive knowledge and experience of the objectives and operations of the Convention and of the work of its Secretariat, at the global level and regional level, as well as competencies across a broad spectrum of subjects including water and wetland management, sustainable development, science and policy, organizational management and financial planning, and the issues that affect the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
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1. Act as senior representative of the Convention and its Secretariat on behalf of the Secretary General, as and when requested, on all matters of Convention business.
2. Advise and assist the Secretary General, the Head of Strategy and Partnerships, the Senior Regional Advisors, and the Head of Communications on global policy, developmental, technical, and scientific issues related to the implementation of the Convention.
3. Advise on the implementation of the Convention’s Work Plan and the Resolutions and Recommendations adopted at Conferences of Contracting Parties (COPs) of the Convention, in particular those concerning scientific, developmental, technical and policy implementation.
4. Support the Secretary General in the development of the content of Ramsar meetings and their substantive preparation and execution, including all meetings of the Standing Committee, and the meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties; and advise the Secretariat’s Senior Regional Advisors on the preparation of Ramsar regional meetings.
5. Supervise a team of 10 staff members and ensure that all staff have annual work plans linked to strategic plan, and that they prepare quarterly reports. Hold staff accountable for results and for a quantitative improvement in the quality of outputs. Ensure that the various sections of the office work together smoothly and increase the synergies and cross-fertilization between the different teams.
6. Act as the Ramsar Secretariat’s focal point for the Convention’s subsidiary advisory body, the Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP), and its collaborating institutions, and oversee staff and guide the substantive preparations of its meetings and the implementation of its work plan in general.
7. Oversee the work of the Secretariat’s Senior Regional Advisors (SRAs) and others in the Regional Teams, and ensure that national and regional implementation issues are handled consistently across the world while instilling a learning focus between regions in order to increase effectiveness of action.
8. Work with the Head of Communications and Head of Strategy & Partnerships on support to the Regional teams in order to ensure global scientific, developmental, technical, communications and policy implications are addressed appropriately through effective policy and programmatic instruments.
9. Working closely with the Head of Strategy and Partnerships, establish and maintain scientific and technical links with other relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including their secretariats and subsidiary bodies, and in particular the Conventions on Biological Diversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Migratory Species, and World Heritage. Such work will also include intergovernmental institutions, such as the five International Organization Partners (IUCN, WWF, Birdlife International, Wetlands International, IWMI), and the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, with UNEP, UNDP, UNECE, UNESCO, FAO, World Health Organization, European Commission, European Space Agency, IPBES and other scientific and technical organizations, with which the Convention establishes agreements of some sort.
10. Represent the Secretary General and the Ramsar Secretariat, as requested, in meetings and contacts with governments, conventions, partner organizations and other institutions, including national and international NGOs.
11. As an official representative of the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General is responsible for maintaining a high and professional profile with governments, partners, donors, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The DSG will also manage the staff of the Secretariat for the Secretary General when required.
The Deputy Secretary General reports to the Secretary General of the Convention.
Interviews will take place in Gland on 16 and 17 December 2014.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 148'000 to CHF 185'000, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.
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