Post Title: EXPERT, ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES GOVERNANCE
Office: Department of Environment and Climate Action (ECA)
Supervisor: Assistant Secretary-General (ECA).
Duty Station: OACPS Secretariat, Belgium
Posting period: 20 September 2021 to 14 November 2021
Post Number: ACP/41/068/21/AFHR/HR/CNA
No. of Vacancies: 1
Under the guidance and supervision of the Assistant Secretary-General, Environment and Climate Action, the Expert for Environmental and Natural Resources Governance provides for the OACPS high quality, accurate, and coherent policy and technical advice and assistance, and promotes a professional client-oriented approach consistent with the Secretariat of the OACPS’ rules and regulations.
The Expert proposes OACPS-wide policies and/or strategies related to OACPS environmental and natural resources priorities. He/she will provide policy and technical advice and will support and manage the public policy process and content. The incumbent has the combined role of Manager (for programmes and projects), Specialist (in the subject matter of environment and natural resources governance and management), and Advisor (in terms of provision of policy and technical advice and support to members of the OACPS).
The Expert’s internal focus will involve working with members of both co-located and virtual, multidisciplinary teams of people from diverse cultures, expertise, and experiences in and across the regions and countries of the OACPS, to provide support to OACPS governing organs (Committee of Ambassadors, Council of Ministers, and OACPS PA and JPA) and relevant working arms of these organs (such as the Subcommittee for Sustainable Development and Fisheries Working Group) and subsidiary and consultative organs (such as the SIDS Forum), on environmental and natural resources governance, sustainable management, and use matters. He/she will also provide backstopping, particularly in the areas of food systems and security, sustainable management, use and conservation of earth and ocean systems, and maintaining their environmental integrity to ensure OACPS’ achievement of its overall objective of sustainable development.
The Expert’s external focus will involve strategic advocacy and engagement with the European Commission, a long-standing partner of the OACPS, as well as other international partners (such as other multilateral groupings, international organisations and third countries) to support initiatives and interventions that address members and regions of the OACPS’ policy priorities, and address opportunities and challenges in the focal areas of environmental and natural resources governance.
The Expert will also establish networks and pursue new collaborative partnerships to advance OACPS’ environmental and natural resources governance and management interests and issues.
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of Key Functions:
Facilitates effective implementation of decisions of OACPS governing organs related to related to environmental and natural resources governance and sustainable management.
Impact of Results
The key results contribute to the sustainable management, use and conservation of regions and members of the OACPS’ natural resources (such as fisheries, agriculture, biodiversity, and ecosystem services) on land and in the Ocean, as well as pollution reduction and other potential transboundary issues and opportunities to support members and regions of the OACPS to achieve their sustainable development aspirations and build resilience.
Master of Science degree or equivalent in Natural Resources (Fisheries, Forestry, Agriculture, Earth systems) or Environmental sciences, Ecology or related studies.
Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience in natural resources governance & management, environmental governance & management. At least three years’ experience working in a regional and, or international organisation would be an advantage.
Good command of English or French or Portuguese or Spanish. A working knowledge of at least one of the other three would be an added advantage.
Candidates for the post must be nationals of Member States from the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions and must therefore attach a copy of their valid passport for proof of nationality. Applications from non-ACP nationals will not be considered.
Staff Members of the OACPS are subject to the authority of and duties assigned by the Secretary-General and will discharge their functions under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
All employment decisions are made on the suitability of the candidate and the needs of the OACPS. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
The appointment to this position is for an initial period of 3 years and renewal thereof is subject to the needs of the OACPS and availability of the post or funds.
Applications for this post should be sent by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and must reach the Secretariat by midnight on the deadline date.
Applications must be accompanied by updated curriculum vitae completed in the following format: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose. Applications in another format will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further evaluation. Applicants must provide copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates and any other document attesting to their competence and professional experience.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and those under serious consideration will be subjected to reference checks.
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