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Governance and policy officer

Vacancy #:   5739
Unit:   Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Organisation:   The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar)
Location:   Dominican Republic Project Office, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Reporting to:   Senior Regional Advisor for the Americas
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   06 September 2021
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   20 September 2021 (extended)
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 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 Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland where the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), provides some administrative services to the Convention’s Secretariat for the operations and implementation of the Convention.

The Secretariat provides technical and policy advice to the Contracting Parties to the Convention in the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2016-2024. The Insular Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world with respect to exposure to the effects of climate change and to natural hazards. To support Contracting Parties to improve the conservation and wise use of Caribbean wetlands the project “Wise Use of Caribbean Wetlands for Climate Change Mitigation and Conservation of their Ecosystem Services” will be implemented to strengthen Caribbean countries’ resilience and adaptability to climate change. The project involves the assessment of ecosystem services and the vulnerability of Ramsar Sites to climate change and their subsequent monitoring and capacity building of all major stakeholders on the values of coastal wetlands.

Under the supervision of the project coordinator, the governance and policy officer will lead the component of governance and policy of the project.
The governance and policy officer will ensure compliance with project commitments, supporting the delivery of quality reports and compliance with performance indicators on the components of governance and policy of the project

Scope of responsibilities

1. Lead the components of governance and policy of the project.

2. Conduct the revision, modification or development of national policies or regulations and institutional settings that include water resource management, wetlands benefits or ecosystem services, including those related to environmental impacts, productive sectors etc and provide recommendation for institutional strengthening and/or reforms for implementation according to outputs and outcomes of the project.

3.Work with the governments in the participating countries to strength their capacities to take actions for an effective governance of wetlands.

4. Conduct regional and national workshops and training of relevant authorities on governance of water and wetlands.

5. Support the preparation of side events in global forums according to the events schedule of the project.

6. Observe project management procedures/techniques in order to facilitate project implementation and ensure delivery of high quality outcomes in the component of governance and policy of the project.

7. Lead the preparation of dissemination materials (flyers, booklets and reports) on the component of governance and policy according to the outputs and outcomes of the project.

8. Provide support to the design and development of knowledge products related to the governance and policy of the project.

9. Produce project progress reports in English and Spanish according to the outputs and the time frames of reporting on the component of governance and policy.

10. Report regularly to the supervisor on the progress of the implementation of the component of governance and policy.

11. Carry out other duties as required by the supervisor
  • Master’s Degree/Academic level in international law, environmental law, water resource management, water governance, sustainable development.

• Preferably, eight to ten years of practical experience in international law, environmental law, water governance, water resource management, including formulation and implementation of water policies and institutional reforms, good knowledge of multilateral environmental agreements including the context of the Convention on Wetlands

• Experience having undertaken a similar project/consultation is also desirable

• Experience working with multisectorial and multistakeholder level (senior government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and strong ability to work efficiently, and proactively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder approaches.

• Problem solving, creativity, initiative and innovation.

• Ability for interpersonal relationships and team work.

• Facility to perform tasks in an organized manner and in adherence to internal policies and procedures

• Applicants will need to demonstrate ability to work with persons from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

• Willingness to travel at national level and internationally, whenever required

• Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish.

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