[Coral-List] Vacancy - Pacific Islands, Global Oceans Observing Systems Coordinator based in Fiji (SOPAC)

Arthur Webb arthur at sopac.org
Mon May 18 19:37:23 EDT 2009


Pacific Islands GOOS Coordinator

Applications are invited for the position of Pacific Islands GOOS
(PI-GOOS) Coordinator in the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Applied
Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), located in Suva, Fiji Islands.



The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) was initiated by the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in 1991 in recognition of
the need for accurate marine observations for a range of issues such as
climate forecasting, oceans and coastal management, and hazard warnings.
GOOS has an open ocean and a coastal component, where delivery of the
latter is principally through GOOS Regional Alliances (GRAs). There are
currently 12 GRAs of which PI-GOOS is one of the most established.

Pacific Island communities have strong connections with their coastal
waters, the goods and services they provide. Many of the region's
oceanographic and biological processes cross expanses of water within the
region forming ecological connections between different countries. Proper
stewardship of coastal resources and environments across the region is
therefore critical to sustain and improve livelihoods, particularly
against a backdrop of climate change and associated impacts, and
increasing population growth. Managing resource use and human developments
to ensure healthy, clean, and productive oceanic and coastal waters
requires the provision of sound scientific advice based on accurate and
objective marine data, observations and associated products such as
predictive models. In cooperation with the host institution SOPAC, the
sponsors of PIGOOS (IOC-UNESCO Perth Regional Programme Office, NOAA and
Australian Bureau of Meteorology), and with assistance by an advisory
committee of regional stakeholders, the PI-GOOS Coordinator will lead,
manage, and coordinate the development and implementation of programmes of
work designed to improve the capacities of SOPAC Member Countries to
manage their coastal waters in a sustainable manner through better access
and use of reliable and objective marine data, observations and associated
products. This will be achieved via an active portfolio of work including
outreach, communications, support to observing programmes, training,
education, and data management and access. Targeted activities under these
headings will be designed to facilitate the establishment and
implementation of coastal and ocean observing programmes, and also help to
improve uptake and use of the data, information and products being
generated by existing coastal and open ocean programmes.

This is an exciting opportunity for an upcoming or established marine
science professional to provide leadership to the development and ongoing
implementation of a programme of work designed to address some important
challenges for Pacific island communities. The position is for 3 years
initially, and an attractive salary and benefit package will be offered,
commensurate with terms and conditions agreed to by the governing bodies
of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific.

Applications should comprise of a detailed CV and cover letter addressing
the job specifications, a copy of which can be obtained from the
Administration Officer (recruitment at sopac.org).

Should you wish to discuss the post prior to submitting your application,
please contact Dr Arthur Webb of SOPAC arthur at sopac.org, or Dr Nick
D'Adamo of the UNESCO IOC Perth Regional Programme Office
nick.d'adamo at bom.gov.au.

Applications close Friday 12th June 2009 and should preferably be
submitted by email to the Administration Officer. If you are unable to
send your application by email, please fax it to + 679 3370040 or
alternatively post to: SOPAC Secretariat, Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji.

All applicants should note that only those for whom there is further
interest would be contacted.

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