[MARMAM] Vacancy for an experienced marine mammal scientist

Christina Lockyer Christina.Lockyer at nammco.no
Fri Dec 29 07:25:14 PST 2006

The NAMMCO Secretariat would like to draw MARMAM subscribers' attention to the position opening in April 2007. The details are provided below. Please be sure to reply only to the addresses provided in the advertisement and not to MARMAM.

North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

Vacancy Announcement   -   SCIENTIFIC SECRETARY

The North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) invites applications for the position of Scientific Secretary at the NAMMCO Secretariat, which is located at the Polar Environment Centre  in Tromsø, Norway. 

NAMMCO is an inter-governmental body established in 1992 with the purpose of contributing, through regional consultation and cooperation, to the conservation, rational management and study of marine mammals in the North Atlantic. Member countries of the Commission are Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The Commission is made up of a Council, Management Committees and a Scientific Committee, which meet on an annual basis. The Scientific Committee, to which each member country appoints 3 scientific experts, provides scientific advice based on requests forwarded to it by the Council. The NAMMCO Secretariat currently has a permanent staff of three - the General Secretary, the Scientific Secretary and the Administrative Assistant. Additional staff are recruited on a short-term, project basis to assist with specific activities, when required.

The main responsibility of the Scientific Secretary is to coordinate the work of the Scientific Committee and its Working Groups, including organisation of meetings, preparation of meeting documents and Committee and Working Group reports. In addition, the Scientific Secretary is responsible for the technical editing and preparation for publication of the NAMMCO Scientific Publications series, in collaboration with scientific editors appointed for each volume. The Scientific Secretary is also responsible for the further development and maintenance of marine mammal catch and reference databases in the Secretariat, as well as the regular updating and editing, in liaison with the Scientific Committee, of a status report on marine mammals in the North Atlantic for the reference of the Commission. 

As a part of a small international team, the Scientific Secretary will also be expected to assist, as appropriate, with other areas of the Commission's work, as may be determined by the General Secretary. The position will normally involve a minimum of three weeks overseas travel per year in connection with meetings, which rotate between member countries. 

The successful candidate should have: 

-	a higher degree in a relevant field of natural or social science; 
-	demonstrated experience in administration and familiarity with scientific cooperation through international organisations. A background in wildlife and/or fisheries biology would be an advantage;
-	fluency in written and spoken English and experience with the preparation and editing in English of reports and publications. A working knowledge of a Nordic language would be an advantage; 
-	excellent communication skills, flexibility and the ability to work cooperatively and independently;
-	relevant skills in the use of modern data systems and the internet.

The position of Scientific Secretary is for a four-year period, with the possibility of extension at the end of this term. The Scientific Secretary is appointed by the Council, and is responsible to the General Secretary. The salary is commensurate with the qualifications required of the position and in line with salaries for similar posts in other international organisations. NAMMCO will provide coverage for all removal costs to Tromsø. Staff recruited from outside Norway will be entitled to regular home leave with family. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position as soon as possible after 1st April 2007.

For further details on the job description and other information, please contact the General Secretary of NAMMCO on nammco-sec at nammco.no or call +47 77750180, and check out the website on www.nammco.no to learn more about the work of this international organisation and its goals and affiliations.

	Please send your application, together with your curriculum vitae detailing qualifications, work experience and publications, and the names, affiliations and contact details of three referees to the General Secretary, NAMMCO, Polar Environmental Centre, N-9296 Tromsø, Norway, to reach NAMMCO postmarked no later than 1st February 2007. All applications will be acknowledged.

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