[Coral-List] Coastal Zone Program Officer

sale at uwindsor.ca sale at uwindsor.ca
Tue Oct 4 15:54:16 EDT 2005

The attachment to my earlier posting did not get through the filter, so 
here is the advertisement text.  Current projects are in the Mesoamerican 
Caribbean and in the Middle East.  Please do NOT respond to the list, or 
to me personally.  The contact for further information is 
contact at inweh.unu.edu 

Program Officer (Coastal Zones) (L-3)
United Nations University - International Network on Water, Environment & 
Hamilton, Canada

Reference Number:       2005/INWEH/002

Applications to be sent to:
hosted at McMaster University, 
Downtown Centre, 1st Floor 
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8, Canada 
Fax: +1 (905) 529-4261 
Email: contact at inweh.unu.edu 

Closing date:           15 November 2005 

Letters of application, including full curriculum vitae and names, 
addresses and fax numbers of three referees, should clearly indicate the 
above reference number.  The application must be accompanied by a covering 
letter and the envelope should be marked confidential.

Institutional Context:  The International Network on Water, Environment 
and Health (UNU-INWEH) is a member of the U.N. University family of 
organizations.  It was created in 1996 with core funding provided by the 
Government of Canada, and is hosted at McMaster University, Hamilton.  Its 
purpose is to strengthen water management, particularly of developing 
countries, through capacity development and policy-relevant research.  It 
functions as a networked organization and an on-the-ground knowledge 
broker, focused on action.  Activities are undertaken with minimal 
overhead and flexible teams are assembled from different disciplines and 
countries with the precise skills and expertise required to meet a given 

The Position: The Program Officer (Coastal Zones) reports to the Assistant 
Director (Coastal Zones) and is responsible for facilitating, coordinating 
and implementing UNU-INWEH?s diverse global activities related to coastal 
ecosystems.  Operating from Hamilton, h/she will play a lead role in key 
regional and global research and capacity development projects, focused 
primarily on marine near shore systems.  The following are the primary job 
functions; additional responsibilities may be designated by the Director:
·       Lead the strategic planning and fund-raising for the Coastal Zones 
sub-programme - this will entail actively seeking new opportunities for 
funding and for capacity-building projects that can be managed by 
UNU-INWEH, either alone or in collaboration with other partners;
·       Provide scientific, managerial, administrative and meeting 
coordination for the Coastal Zone project portfolio - this will include 
the implementation of ongoing projects in an efficient and cost effective 
manner with due regard for administrative, reporting and financial 
procedures of UNU-INWEH and partner organizations;
·       Undertake analysis, research and publications on Coastal Zone 
topics in support of project implementation;
·       Liaise as appropriate with senior government authorities, UN 
officials, the research community, NGOs and the private sector in the 
context of UNU-INWEH?s activities; and
·       Disseminate information to targeted audiences through organization 
of workshops, symposia, and conferences, as well as through direct 
interaction with newspapers and media networks. 

Qualifications:  The incumbent holds an earned Ph.D. degree in marine 
science/engineering, environmental sciences or other subjects related to 
water issues, with particular emphasis on integrated coastal zone 
management.  At least four years of progressively more responsible 
professional experience is required.  Also required is demonstrated 
scientific excellence through publications in peer-reviewed journals and 
books.  Knowledge and experience of the United Nations System in general 
and the UNU system in particular are desirable.  Fluency in English is 
essential.  Fluency in either Arabic or Spanish is desirable.

Key skills:  Be able to manage and implement projects on diverse 
scientific subjects, with a particular emphasis on developing-country 
settings.  Also essential is the ability to operate independently and 
initiate, develop and implement new ideas and concepts.  This inter alia 
requires the capacity to conceptualize and to prepare substantive 
proposals, reports and statements.

Core Values:  Be able to demonstrate the values of the United Nations, 
including impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness, in daily 
activities and behavior.  Respect for diversity and ability to work 
effectively with people from all backgrounds is essential. 

Remuneration:   Internationally competitive salary and benefits package 
according to UN regulations for L-3 level.  In addition there is an 
entitlement to a Post Adjustment Allowance which compensates for cost of 
living and currency fluctuations.

Appointment duration:  The initial appointment will be for a two year 
term, with the possibility of an extension based on performance and 
subject to availability of external project funds.  The United Nations 
University reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below that 
advertised.  Staff members of the UNU are international civil servants 
subject to the authority of the Rector of UNU and may be assigned to any 
of the activities or offices of the University.

Applications from suitably qualified women and candidates from developing 
countries are particularly encouraged.  We regret that it will not be 
possible to acknowledge applications.  Only short-listed candidates will 
be contacted.

Peter F. Sale
International Network on Water, Environment and Health
United Nations University
Biological Sciences
University of Windsor
Windsor ON Canada N9B 3P4

519-253-3000, ext. 2727
519-971-3609 FAX
sale at uwindsor.ca

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