Expert - Environmental and Natural Resources Governance

Department of Environment and Climate Action (ECA) · Brussels, Belgium
Department Department of Environment and Climate Action (ECA)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Post Title: EXPERT, ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES GOVERNANCE

Grade: P4

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


Organisational Context


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:


  • Provides services aimed at supporting the OACPS in delivering development results in the following core, integrated thematic areas of: (i) Sustainable Forests, Watersheds and Terrestrial Ecosystems and related resources; (ii) Sustainable Oceans, Seas and Coastal Ecosystems and related resources; and (iii) Environmental management, pollution and waste control.

 

  • Promotes initiatives for the OACPS focused on sustainable blue/green development, including promoting sustainable development policies and actions that contribute to food security and nutrition, sustainable livelihoods, and resilient communities, while ensuring natural ecosystems and biodiversity are sustainably managed and conserved.

 

  • Facilitates effective implementation and monitoring of relevant decisions of OACPS governing organs including through organising meetings of the Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development, relevant Ad-hoc Working Groups and SIDS Forum as well as contributing to efficient functioning of the meetings of the Committee of Ambassadors and Council of Ministers through the preparation of all relevant meeting reports, position papers, declarations, issues papers, decisions and resolutions.

 

  • Facilitates programme design and provides supports for the effective implementation of intra-OACPS regional and, or multi-country programmes and projects that promote the sustainable management, use and conservation of natural resources, the restoration of degraded ecosystems and halt biodiversity loss to build back healthy natural ecosystems.

 

  • Facilitates programme design and provides supports for the effective implementation of intra-OACPS and, or multi-country programmes and projects that promote ocean governance, including sustainable management of fisheries, the restoration and conservation of coastal and marine areas in all its forms.

 

  • Facilitates the coordination, monitoring and guidance on 11th EDF Intra-ACP funded programmes such as multi-lateral environmental agreements, biodiversity and natural resources management (sustainable wildlife, fisheries, for SIDS and coastal countries) Programmes being implemented by a range of international multi-lateral and OACPS regional technical implementing partners.

 

  • Strengthens existing and establishes new partnerships to secure & leverage initiatives including financing to support the sustainable management, use and conservation of renewable natural resources, and mainstreaming of environmental considerations into national, regional and global policies.

 

  • Coordinates and supports OACPS member States’ advocacy and engagement, in negotiations of multi-lateral environmental and natural resources governance agreements, including developing OACPS common positions in negotiations, as well as contributing to Agreements, including Memorandums of Understanding, with Third countries and International Partners, when necessary.

 

  • Supports OACPS member States in strengthening capacities to implement the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), Ocean Governance and other related instruments they have signed and ratified.

 

  • Supports preparation and convening of meetings of OACPS governing organs related to environmental (such as biodiversity / pollution / waste) and natural resources (such as fisheries) governance (such as good ocean governance) through the preparation of relevant, quality meeting reports, position papers, declarations, issues papers, decisions and resolutions.

 

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.

 

Competencies

 

Corporate Competencies:


  • Demonstrates and promotes the highest standard of professional integrity, impartiality, fairness and transparency in all matters affecting his/her work and status.
  • Understands the structure and hierarchy of the Secretariat of the OACPS, the OACPS governing organs and their interaction with partners, institutional and international public policy process flows internal and external to the organisation, OACPS products and services, and their measures of effectiveness, and the perceptions of Partners and external Parties.

 

Functional Competencies:


  • Possesses good knowledge of Secretariat of the OACPS’ policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks.
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the Department and Secretariat.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and/or French.
  • Ability to provide specialised advice and guidance to external Partners and Parties.
  • Ability to work independently without supervision; in a multicultural, multiracial and multilingual environment, and to meet deadlines without comprising quality of output.


Managerial Competencies:


  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the Department and within and across the Secretariat and OACPS governing organs, and with external Partners and Parties.
  • Strong planning, organisation, problem-solving, coordination and negotiation skills.

 

Behavioural Competencies:

  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team of people from diverse cultures, expertise and experiences, with mutual respect and responsibility.

 

 

Recruitment Qualifications

 

Education


Master of Science degree or equivalent in Natural Resources (Fisheries, Forestry, Agriculture, Earth systems) or Environmental sciences, Ecology or related studies.


Experience


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.


Language Requirements


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.

 

Special Notice


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: hr@acp.int 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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  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Department
    Department of Environment and Climate Action (ECA)
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced