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Junior Professional - Technical Support (Asia and Oceania)

Vacancy #:   5611
Unit:   Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Organisation:   The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar)
Location:   Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Senior Regional Advisor for Asia/Oceania
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   YP
Expected start date:   01 May 2024
Type of contract:   Max-term (8 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   02 May 2021
The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and of wetland biodiversity and services. It is the first of the modern global multilateral environmental agreements and remains the only one devoted to a specific critical ecosystem.

The Convention Secretariat has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, where the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) provides some administrative services for the Convention.

The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty, which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. It was the first of the modern global multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and remains the only MEA dedicated to the conservation of a specific critical ecosystem. Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply all our fresh water. However, they continue to be degraded and converted to other uses.

The Secretariat of the Convention has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, where the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) provides legal status and related administrative services for the Secretariat support contracting Parties in the implementation of the Convention.

This Junior Professional position supports the implementation of the Convention through working in a collaborative, whole-of-Secretariat work style. The position is structured to provide professional development opportunities, and will offer the incumbent the chance of gaining direct career experience in terms of:
- understanding how international legal instruments support conservation and sustainable use of natural and human-made ecosystems;
- understanding how different multilateral environmental agreements work in synergy, notably through the contribution of data and indicators for the implementation of global sustainable development programmes and goals;
- exposure to national authorities, diplomats, scientific experts and practitioners focusing on the development and implementation of international and national policies;
- Experience of working in the context of a small international team supporting 172 countries that are Contracting Parties to the Convention.

A Junior Professional position (YP), aimed at offering initial professional exposure within an international context, is designed for young professionals (up to 35 years old) with a Bachelor's degree or higher and a work history ranging from 6 months to 3 years.
Ramsar Site designation and information updates:
• Evaluate data sheets ("Ramsar Information Sheets") and prepare related documentation to accompany the designation process of Wetlands of International Importance (also known as "Ramsar Sites") and their updates;
• Provide support to Contracting Parties to enter data in RSIS (Ramsar Sites Information Service) database for new designations and updates.

Ramsar Site Conservation and protection
• Assist in addressing conservation and sustainable use issues of individual wetland sites primarily in the applicable region(s) of the Convention and in particular assist with the procedure concerning adverse changes in the ecological character of Ramsar Sites (Art 3.2);
• Promote use of the mechanisms for conservation and sustainable use of wetlands that have been developed under the Convention, especially the technical guidelines related to the work on Ramsar Information Sheets, and the development of management tools.

Support to Contracting Parties
• Maintain routine contacts with governments that are Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands as well as non-Contracting Parties, as well as with NGOs and international partner organisations and other relevant organisations and stakeholders;
• Contribute to the preparation of regional meetings, annual meetings of the Standing Committee and the triennial Conference of the Contracting Parties.

Policy processes
• Compile, analyse and draft information on technical and policy issues related to wetland conservation and sustainable use, in the context of the approved Workplan of the Secretariat, which refers to the 4th Strategic Plan, the work plan of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and decisions taken by the Governing Bodies of the Convention (documents available on the Convention Web site).

Project Implementation
• Monitor project implementation and provide project oversight as assigned (where applicable);
• Ensure project reports are completed and meet grant requirements.

• Complete routine administrative work such as preparing correspondence, updating databases and providing translation.
  • University degree (preferably a post-graduate degree) in a subject relevant to wetland conservation and sustainable use, such as geography, biology, hydrology, marine sciences, natural resources management, land use planning, economics, or anthropology/sociology.

• At least 6 months of relevant professional experience in field work in wetland related subjects.

• Professional experience in the Asia or Oceania regions is required.

• Ability to work in English is essential for this position.

• Well-developed computer skills (Word for Windows, Excel, e-mail) and an ability to work effectively and efficiently in a proprietary database (RSIS). Experience with CRM platforms such as Salesforce or CiviCRM or equivalent is an advantage;

• A demonstrated commitment to nature conservation and sustainable use issue.

• Experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.

• Awareness and understanding of cultural diversity and gender issues and commitment to incorporate these in their work and in the relations with the Convention on Wetlands constituencies.
The gross annual salary for this position is CHF 60'000. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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