[Coral-List] Vacancy: Coastal Environmental Advisor Republic of the Marshall Islands

Andrew Finlay finlayrao at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Sep 22 01:22:53 EDT 2008

Position: Coastal Environmental AdvisorDuration: Two Years MinimumStart Date: February 1st 2009Organization: Republic of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority (RMIEPA)Location:  Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)Eligible Applicants: AllBackground: While the majority of the over 30 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands are in pristine condition, the urban environment of the atoll nation Majuro is severely degraded due to a range of issues including overpopulation, intensive infrastructure development, historic lack of environmental oversight, and its naturally vulnerable character. Foreign assistance arrives to the country in great amounts for infrastructure development, including airports, seaports, coastal dredging, reclamation and a variety of other projects.   The Agency involved in regulating development and ensuring the environment is protected, the RMI Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), requires
 the assistance of a Coastal Environmental Advisor for a range of duties that continue a capacity building process at the organization to build its self-reliance.Recently, a national coastal management framework for action has been drafted to deal with a range of coastal environment issues.   This program includes full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for development projects, development of a Geographic Information System(GIS) for land-use planning, project management, conservation, and development of strategic steps of coastal management including: solid waste, dredging, marine water quality  and coastal construction.A suitable candidate will be experienced in environmental management in coastal areas, preferably small island states, or tropical ecosystems. Flexibility and creativity in the workplace are extremely important to facilitate the implementation of unique island solutions for unique atoll problems.   Located in the capital of the
 Marshall Islands, Majuro Atoll, the EPA consists of nearly 20 staff members on three urban centers (Majuro, Ebeye and Jaluit Atolls.)   Majuro Atoll is populated by roughly 30,000 people on a 30 mile extremely narrow reef rim. Management activities are prioritized in these urban centers as well as the northern island center of Wotje.   Some travel to outer islands is expected, as well as periodic international travel.Qualifications: 

Minimum 4 years international
     experienceMaster's Degree in
     Environmental Science, Management, Policy, or similar.7 Years experience with
     Environmental or Coastal Management.Ability to live and work in a
     foreign country for a minimum of 2 years.Demonstrated understanding of
     the issues and needs of a developing country.


The desired qualifications of applicants are: 

3 years experience with GIS
     applications.Scientific understanding of
     tropical marine ecosystems.Certified SCUBA diver with
     research diving experience.Experience coordinating
     Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs).Experience with implementing
     policy and awareness raising.Experience of managing a small
     team and capacity building.Experience with enforcing
     Regulations preferred.


Scope of Work: The Environmental Advisor will be responsible for the following duties within the RMI EPA: 
·         In cooperation with a proponent and sub-contracted consultant, coordinate and evaluate Environmental Impact Assessments for major infrastructure projects.·         Build capacity of the General Manager, Coastal Management Officer, GIS Officer, and Conservation Officer to continue the implementation of the RMI Coastal Management National Framework and enforce the RMIEPA Environmental Regulations under the National Environmental Protection Act 1984.·         Manage the Coastal and Land Management Department and RMEIPA development permitting system including the regulation, permitting and monitoring of all construction projects in RMI i.e., Power plants, Coconut processing Plant, tuna processing Plant, Sewer outfall, Dry-dock(s), Waste dumps, Seawall constructions etc.·         Coordinate GIS data collection and database development. For utilization in coastal and environmental management·        
 Provide general scientific and technical advice on the range of technical issues that the EPA faces over the course of a year. Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Contract includes one return airfare to the Marshall Islands and housing but successful applicant must have his or her own medical insurance.Position Open Until: October 24th 2008To Apply:  Send CV and cover letter to Andrew Finlay at finlayrao at yahoo.co.uk Process of Appointment: Review of applicants for short listing; telephone interview of short list; final short-list presented to RMIEPA Board of Directors and recommendation made on final appointment. Position to start February 2009.________________________________________     R. Andrew O. Finlay MSc. CMarSci, IMarEST     Environmental Advisor  Environmental Protection Authority  Republic of the Marshall Islands  P.O.Box 1322, Majuro,   Marshall Islands 96960.     Tel: +692 625 3035/5203  Fax: +692 625 5202  Mob: +692 455


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