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Vacancy: Programme Officer for Marine Environmental Management

Last modified January 29, 2010

UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world's needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development. UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe. In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position:

Vacancy Code: VA/2010/YS/37433/IICA/PO/L2
Post Title: Programme Officer for Marine Environmental Management
Post Level: International ICA Level 2
Position Status: Non-rotational
Project Title: Reducing Environment Stress in the Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem
Organization Unit: EMO IWC
Duty Station: Ansan, Korea
Duration: 6 months with possible extension up to 12 months
Closing Date: 18 February 2010

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Programme Officer will be responsible for guiding the implementation of fisheries, biodiversity and ecosystem management actions as detailed in the SAP. The officer will work with all participants in the project, including governmental institutions, scientific and non-governmental organisations, UN and specialised UN agencies, and non-governmental organisations for effective implementation of the project activities as approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC). In particular the Programme Officer shall be required:

  • To organise and co-ordinate activities of the Fisheries, Biodiversity, Ecosystem components of the project, including the development and implementation of contractual activities, as approved by PSC;
  • To work with the Project Manager to guide the to guide the 2nd Phase Project Document (proposal) through the selection process;
  • To assist the Project Manager in preparing the annual budget planning for the fisheries, biodiversity and ecosystem components;
  • To prepare relevant technical reports for the Project Steering Committee and for the annual report of the project; To prepare quarterly reports covering the fisheries, biodiversity and ecosystem components, and to assist the Project Manager in preparing annual report of the project to be submitted to the participating countries and the Project Steering Committee;
  • To assist in facilitating relevant activities regarding public awareness and public communication;
  • To liaise with donor agencies, UN and UN specialised agencies (such as FAO, UNEP, IOC of UNESCO, IMO, international NGOs (such as WWF, IUCN) and other programmes of projects (such as PEMSEA, NOWPAP, NEAR-GOOS) dealing with management of marine and coastal environment and resources;
  • To facilitate, organise and implement wider participation of all stakeholders, including government agencies, local government, universities and NGOs;
  • To assist in preparing and editing of the document prepared by the project, in particular the documents for the fisheries, biodiversity and ecosystem components; and
  • Other matters assigned by the Project Manager.


  • Good knowledge on implementation of regional and international programmes and/or projects dealing with fisheries or marine management;
  • Working knowledge of ocean processes and influence on phytoplankton and zooplankton communities, the monitoring and relationship of these communities to higher trophic levels;
  • Working experience in collaborating with non-governmental organisations, and coastal communities;
  • Good computer skills including experience with database software, spreadsheet development, MS Office products;
  • Good time/task management skills, filing and record keeping, with a sense of urgency; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required. Knowledge of one or more of the other languages used in the participating countries is desirable.
  • Master or equivalent advanced university degree in fisheries, aquaculture or marine environmental protection; and knowledge of biodiversity management required;
  • At least five years working experience, in the field of fisheries or biodiversity management and sustainable use of fishery and aquaculture resources, of which at least 4 years working in regional and international co-operation;

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), via email to Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email.

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