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Professor of Coastal and Marine Protection, Restoration and Enhancement, Open Rank

Description


As part of a University-wide strategic focus on Climate and Livability, KAUST is seeking outstanding individuals to deliver impact driven research that will push the boundaries of what is known about our planet and advance the goals of this important initiative. Amongst a number of targeted faculty hires, we are inviting applications from high-caliber candidates to build an innovative program that will bring new insights, solutions and focus to the area of coastal and marine protection, restoration and enhancement.


The coastal and marine environments of the Middle East are biodiversity hotspots, with the Red Sea in particular home to resilient ecosystems that function at the thresholds of tolerances observed elsewhere. Recognizing the inherent natural value of these environments, efforts that better understand and enhance their viability in the face of anticipated climate changes are required. KAUSTs unique setting on the shores of the Red Sea offer the potential to establish a “natural laboratory” that can serve the analysis, protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems around the world, particularly as its present-day conditions mirror future extreme conditions in other seas.


KAUST is seeking creative and ambitious faculty who can bridge multidisciplinary fields to address the diversity of issues that threaten the stability and security of coastal and marine ecosystems and channel this knowledge into tractable solutions. Potential areas of focus might include, but are not limited to: modeling and analysis of coastal and marine ecosystems; development of strategies for coastal and marine protection and restoration; conservation analysis and assessment; blue carbon and natural capital accounting; and habitat restoration.


About KAUST


KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. KAUST attracts top faculty, scientists, engineers and students from around the world to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges. Located in Saudi Arabia, on the eastern shores of the Red Sea, KAUST provides an award-winning campus to live, work, study and play. As a faculty, you will have access to superb research facilities, guaranteed baseline research funding, generous infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities through our innovation and economic development focus, and highly competitive internationally benchmarked salaries.


KAUST is ranked among the top universities based on research performance and innovation outputs. According to the 2019 Normalized Nature Index rankings, KAUST was #18 globally. In Nature Index’s most recent Young Universities Rankings (2019), KAUST was #1 for institutions under 20 years of age and #6 for those under 50.   


Qualifications


Candidates should have a clear vision that prioritizes the protection, restoration and enhancement of the region’s precious marine ecosystems, with a focus on delivering scalable and implementable solutions. Experience in the design or application of ecosystem assessment and analysis tools, prior experience in restoration projects, or a combination of modeling and experimental experience will be viewed favorably. Candidates applying for a position at the Assistant Professor level should illustrate their potential for high-impact research. Candidates applying for Associate and Full Professor positions should possess a distinguished track record in research and a strong commitment to service and teaching at the graduate level.


Application Instructions


Applications should include a cover letter, a CV that includes a list of publications, and a concise statement of research vision and plans (maximum 2 pages) and teaching interests (1 page). The names and contact details of at least three (and up to five) referees is also requested. While the position is open rank, there is a preference for junior candidates. Applications will be evaluated as soon as they are received, with the position remaining open until it is filled.


The successful candidate will have a primary affiliation with the Marine Science program in addition to affiliation with the world-renowned Red Sea Research Center, allowing them to take advantage of KAUST’s unique access to the Red Sea. Few, if any, other universities offer the same combination of access to diverse tropical marine habitats and world-class laboratory facilities. Further information about KAUST academic programs, research activities, and community life can be found at https://www.kaust.edu.sa.


Enquiries related to this position can be addressed to Prof Matthew McCabe, Director of the Climate and Livability Initiative via email to climate@kaust.edu.sa

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Professor/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Earth Science

Description


Open Rank Faculty - Earth Science


In 2017, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a decree to merge the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and The Petroleum Institute under one university called the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Khalifa University).


Khalifa University is now a comprehensive research-intensive university with three colleges, three research institutes, 20 research centers, and 36 departments covering a broad range of disciplines in science, engineering, and medicine. The internationally top-ranked university is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world.


Khalifa University’s world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders.


It will continue to evolve with the UAE’s rapidly developing national goals and needs and nurture the innovation ecosystem required for the country’s targeted knowledge economy transformation.


College of Arts and Sciences


The College is distinguishing itself as a major contributor towards economic diversification within Abu Dhabi and the region, particularly through its close alignment with growing regional sectors in key industries such as Energy, Aerospace, Financial Services, Healthcare, Transportation and Telecommunications.


The College of Arts and Sciences is a vibrant community of academic scholars, students and staff who are dedicated to science education and innovation for the ultimate benefit of society. To serve this purpose, the College empowers students with a great sense of purposeful academic curiosity and appreciation of the social and environmental context within a rapidly changing world.


The Department of Earth Sciences is an academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences at Khalifa University. The department is an internationally recognized center of excellence in education and research in petroleum geology and geophysics, and other disciplines in geosciences. The department offers BSc in Petroleum Geosciences, BSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences, and MSc in Earth Sciences Petroleum Geosciences and PhD degree in Earth Sciences. For more information about the department, see the link below.


https://www.ku.ac.ae/academics/college-of-arts-and-sciences/department/department-of-earth-sciences#about


The department invites applications for faculty positions in the following discipline:


Geomorphology and Remote sensing (Reference code: ES_GMORPH_21)


Description of subject area of the employment: The successful candidate will join the Department of Earth Sciences, which includes research in Geophysics, Paleontology, Petrology, Planetary Geology, Sedimentology, and Structural Geology. The research in Geomorphology and Remote sensing will be focused on landscape dynamics with a focus on the UAE. We are particularly encouraging applicants with solid background in remote sensing and geomorphology with expertise in data collection and observations in the field, documented skills in remote sensing and GIS techniques. Expertise in planetary remote sensing is an advantage.


Qualifications


The position is open for Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor ranks.

Assistant Professor - Minimum of 3 years experience relevant to the position and proven research potential.

Associate Professor -Minimum of 8 years teaching experience or postgraduate research experience, out of which at least 5 years should be at the level of Assistant Professor.

Professor -Minimum of 10 years teaching and postgraduate research experience, out of which at least 5 years should be at the level of Associate Professor and have demonstrated high standards in teaching, advising, and research.

Qualifications and experience:


• PhD in Geomorphology/Remote sensing or related discipline or have the corresponding research competence, or some other related professional expertise. Expertise in planetary applications is an advantage.

• Research expertise and teaching expertise. International reputation demonstrated by a significant publication record in the relevant field is required. At least 2 years of teaching experience in a university environment, including supervision of graduate and PhD students. It is necessary that the pedagogical skills, the research expertise and the professional skills are relevant to the content of the employment and the tasks that will be included in the employment.

Preference will be given to candidates with education from and/or previous service in pre-eminent institutions of higher education.   

Duties:


Teaching, research and administration. Research duties include engagement in research activities within the field of geomorphology and remote sensing in general with applications to UAE in particular, disseminating research in international journals, and collaboration across disciplines.

Teaching duties include course responsibility and course administration and supervision of second- and third-cycle students. Applicants must have documented teaching experience and should be able to teach courses in geomorphology, and related topics such as Geoinformatics (GIS and remote sensing) at the postgraduate and undergraduate educational programs in the new Earth & Planetary Sciences degree in the department as well as contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development. Administration duties include membership in committees in the department and the college.

Follow developments within the subject area and the development of society in general that is important for the work at the university.

Actively applying for external research funding.

Assessment Criteria/Ranking of applicants that fulfil the above-mentioned qualifications required

The ranking of eligible applicants will be based primarily on research and teaching expertise. In addition to academic merits, research merits from other activities, including technology development, may also be taken into account including research merits obtained outside the academy, which includes for example technology development, innovation ability and experience in industry. In assessing research expertise research quality must be the prime consideration. The scope of research, primarily in regard to depth and breadth, must also be afforded consideration. In assessing research expertise special weight will be attached to research merits in spatial analysis, assimilation of empirical data and modelling of the physical processes in landscape dynamics.

Application


Applicants should submit a complete application package in a single pdf file includes curriculum vitae, teaching and research statement, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. Applicant should indicate which positions they are applying in their covering letter. Please state the above reported reference code(s) in the email subject. Successful applicants should be available to take up the posts in Early Spring 2022. The deadline for applications is December 25, 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.


 

Primary Location: KUK – Khalifa University

Job: Faculty

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Job Type: Full-time


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Professor/Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Earth Science

Job Description


(Open Rank Faculty)  -(Earth Science)


Description


Open Rank Faculty - Earth Science


In 2017, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a decree to merge the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and The Petroleum Institute under one university called the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (Khalifa University).


Khalifa University is now a comprehensive research-intensive university with three colleges, three research institutes, 20 research centers, and 36 departments covering a broad range of disciplines in science, engineering, and medicine. The internationally top-ranked university is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world.


Khalifa University’s world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders.


It will continue to evolve with the UAE’s rapidly developing national goals and needs and nurture the innovation ecosystem required for the country’s targeted knowledge economy transformation.

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Marine Biogeochemistry

Description


As part of a major initiative to strengthen its research in Marine Science, the Marine Science Program (MarS) in the Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division at KAUST is seeking to expand research, higher education and innovations in the field of Marine Biogeochemistry. Applications for a faculty position (Open Rank: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) are invited from highly competitive candidates eager to pursue innovative research addressing fundamental questions and developing cutting–edge technologies for application in marine systems.


We are especially interested in applications from high-caliber scientists with expertise in Biogeochemistry and biogeochemical cycles in the ocean water column and sediments with particular reference to the coastal and pelagic environments including shallow and deep extreme environments. Successful candidate is expected to develop top-notch research programs on the biogeochemistry of the Red Sea ecosystems including but not limited to coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove forests salt marshes (sabkah) and coastal lagoons also in relation to blue carbon sequestration; additional ecosystems are the Red Sea water column and the extreme ecosystems of the Red Sea, such as stromatolites, brine pools and hydrocarbon vents. The selected candidate is  expected to build a strong teaching program in the Marine Science Program and to establish inter- and multidisciplinary collaborations within the Marine Science Program, the BESE Division and across Divisions, Research Centers and Initiatives at KAUST.


Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Marine Science, Biological Science, or related fields, as well as a strong publication record in the top-tier venues of their respective areas. Preference will be given to candidates who can take advantage of KAUST’s unique access to the Red Sea that may serve as a “natural laboratory” for marine biogeochemistry studies in extreme seas, as its present-day conditions (with elevated temperature, salinity and oligotrophy) mirror future conditions in other seas under anticipated climate change scenarios.


The position will remain open until filled.


About KAUST


KAUST is an international, graduate research university dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. KAUST attracts top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research to address the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges. Located in Saudi Arabia, on the eastern shores of the Red Sea, KAUST provides an award-winning campus to live, work, study and play, and offers superb research facilities, with guaranteed baseline research funding, infrastructure support, entrepreneurship opportunities and internationally competitive salaries. Few, if any, other universities offer the same combination of access to diverse tropical marine habitats and world-class laboratory facilities.


For more information about KAUST, please visit http://www.kaust.edu.sa. More information about the BESE Division and the Marine Science Program is available at http://bese.kaust.edu.sa.


Application Instructions


To prevent any delays in reviewing your application, you will need to upload the following materials:


Cover letter introducing your candidacy, and explicitly stating both the position and the rank. The rank must be consistent with the candidate’s experience.

Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae including a full publication list.

Research Statement (5 pages maximum).

Teaching Statement (2 pages maximum) including teaching philosophy and an outline of 1-2 planned graduate teaching course(s).

Names and contact information for at least 4 references. Referees should have positions in academic or industrial research laboratories. In the case of Associate and Full Professor applications, the referees should be of a rank higher or equivalent to that of the candidate.

Copies of most relevant publications (Maximum of five).

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Assistant Professor, Geology

Job Description


The College of Science (COS) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) invites highly qualified individuals to apply for a faculty position in hydrogeology. The COS seeks candidates who can contribute to its growing undergraduate and graduate programs in Geosciences through excellence in teaching and research. Candidates are expected to have a teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, a demonstrable research capability that will enable the candidate to develop and sustain an internally and/or externally funded research program in his/her area of expertise, publish his/her research findings in refereed journals, and actively engage in promoting the growth of the UAE University.


The College has undergraduate degrees in geosciences, chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematical science. The college is also home to many MSc and PhD programs. The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is the nation’s premier research university in the UAE and is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA). The application package should include a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, a brief statement of current and future research interests, evidence of excellence in research, and the names and contact information for three letters of reference. English is the language of instructions and communication in the COS. The job package covers, in addition to the position salary, accommodation, family medical insurance, children’s education benefits up to three children, and yearly roundtrip air tickets for the faculty and his/her family, as well as end of service benefits.


All applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.uaeu.ac.ae/search.jsp.


For problems/questions with the online application system, please contact Prof. Hasan Arman (harman@uaeu.ac.ae).


Minimum Qualification


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hydrogeology or a closely related field, demonstrated record of research accomplishments in hydrogeology. Practical, industrial, or other experience related to any of the areas above is a plus.


Preferred Qualification


Candidates are expected to have teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, a demonstrable research capability that will enable the candidate to develop and sustain an internally and/or externally funded research program in his/her area of expertise, publish his/her research findings in refereed journals, and actively engage in promoting the growth of the UAE University. Experience in programing and modelling is a plus.

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Project Manager for the Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. 

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend. 

CMS Office – Abu Dhabi coordinates the CMS MOU on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU). This post is within the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat. The Dugong Programme Management Officer leads the Dugong MOU Secretariat. 

The Dugong MOU Secretariat is implementing a four-year project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) aiming to improve conservation of seagrass meadows and the biodiversity they support in five target countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The expected outcome is to integrate seagrass ecosystem services into policy frameworks and business models in selected sites within the target countries. The Project Manager will be supervised by the Project Director (the Dugong MOU Programme Management Officer), who is responsible for the overall project’s coordination and management. This post will be for the duration of the remaining two-years of the four-year project which commenced on 1 January 2019, subject to performance evaluation. 

This post is located in the CMS Secretariat's Abu Dhabi duty station.

More information on the IKI project can be found at: 
More information on the Dugong MoU can be found at: < https://www.cms.int/dugong/en >
More information on CMS Office - Abu Dhabi can be found at: < https://www.cms.int/en/about/working-together-migratory-species-celebrating-10-year-partnership >
More information on CMS can be found at: < https://www.cms.int/ >

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Coordinator of CMS Office – Abu Dhabi, and the direct supervision of the Dugong Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will undertake the following functions:

1. Manage the project including: engaging implementing partners and sub-contractors through UNEP legal instruments; ensuring efficient project implementation and timely and consistent technical and financial reporting from project partners; establishing systems for project implementation, monitoring and evaluation; reporting to the donor and UNEP; and managing the day-to-day work of the project partners.

2. Oversee the financial management of the project including: the budget and financial cycles of the project; disbursing funds, monitoring and recording project expenditure; maintaining accurate financial and administrative records; ensuring project funds are spent in-line with formally approved project documents and budgets and Umoja administration.

3. Oversee communication activities including: an effective outreach and communications strategy; developing communications materials; liaising with the CMS Secretariat on communications activities; and identifying opportunities to show-case the project.

4. Support project partners in a multi-cultural setting both remotely and via site visits and participation in workshops and trainings if possible; providing advice to project partners on reporting requirements; and ensuring working relationships remain positive and productive.

5. Perform other duties relevant to the assignment.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge or understanding of the theories, concepts or approaches relevant to the conservation and management of dugongs or seagrasses. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in conservation biology, environmental management, project management, economics, international relations or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in conservation biology, environmental management, project management or related areas is required.
Experience managing projects in a UN setting or similar international organization is required.
Experience managing large-scale multi-country conservation project(s) in the project region is desirable.
Experience with an enterprise management system such as the UN Umoja system is desirable.
Experience with the UN or other similar organizations’ financial rules and regulations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. 

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.  

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations of the United Nations.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. 

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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Senior Researcher, Seagrass

Job Description

The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center (YSWRRC) is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will be the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center in the UAE. Our Research and rescue programs will focus on marine wildlife and habitats of the Gulf. An important element of YSWRRC’s work is to raise the profile for the excellent efforts in the UAE in the arenas of marine science and conservation. Inspiring public commitment is at the heart of the Center's vision.

As a Senior Researcher, you will be responsible for providing scientific and strategic leadership with regards to the research programs of the YSWRRC. The Senior Researcher will also contribute to supervise students and postdocs and participate in the daily operations of the YSWRRC for knowledge dissemination and education.

 

Job Scope

The Senior Researcher is in-charge of developing research projects focusing on seagrass habitats of the Arabian Gulf. The Senior Researcher will develop methods to study seagrass ecosystems in situ as well as carry out hypothesis-led laboratory experiments.

  • To provide scientific and strategic leadership with regards to the assigned field of research and create an enabling environment for scientific research excellence
  • To lead the production of high-quality research reports, scientific publications, and other communication material
  • To develop collaborative research with YSWRRC colleagues and to actively promote external contacts and networks for local and international collaboration
  • To develop, write and submit proposals for major research/conservation grants and funding programs
  • To supervise the adequate use and maintenance of all facilities and equipment of the YSWRRC
  • To lead research teams, supervise students and coordinate collaborating scientists
  • To conduct research effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation
  • To develop and update guidelines and protocols for lab operations and procedures and to disseminate that information to research staff and students working in laboratories
  • To develop and manage conservation and/or restoration projects with governmental and/or non-governmental agencies as well as other partners
  • To actively contribute to the outreach goals and education programs of the YSWRRC
  • To collaborate with SeaWorld Abu Dhabi zoological and education teams as required
  • To contribute to the overall success of the YSWRRC projects by performing all other duties as assigned
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Senior Researcher, Aquaculture

Job Description

The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center (YSWRRC) is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will be the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center in the UAE. Our Research and rescue programs will focus on marine wildlife and habitats of the Gulf. An important element of YSWRRC’s work is to raise the profile for the excellent efforts in the UAE in the arenas of marine science and conservation. Inspiring public commitment is at the heart of the Center's vision.

As a Senior Researcher, you will be responsible for providing scientific and strategic leadership with regards to the research programs of the YSWRRC. The Senior Researcher will also contribute to supervise students and postdocs and participate in the daily operations of the YSWRRC for knowledge dissemination and education.

 

Job Scope:

The Senior Researcher will be in-charge of the state-of-the-art aquaculture facilities. Our facilities are designed for experimental marine aquaculture and the research programs will focus on hatchery production, larviculture, live feed, physiology, husbandry, conservation projects and sustainable practices. The YSWRRC will work with tropical and sub-tropical marine species including local and ornamental fish as well as invertebrates. 

  • To provide scientific and strategic leadership with regards to the assigned field of research and create an enabling environment for scientific research excellence
  • To lead the production of high-quality research reports, scientific publications, and other communication material
  • To develop collaborative research with YSWRRC colleagues and to actively promote external contacts and networks for local and international collaboration
  • To develop, write and submit proposals for major research/conservation grants and funding programs
  • To supervise the adequate use and maintenance of all facilities and equipment of the YSWRRC
  • To lead research teams, supervise students and coordinate collaborating scientists
  • To conduct research effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation
  • To develop and update guidelines and protocols for lab operations and procedures and to disseminate that information to research staff and students working in laboratories
  • To develop and manage conservation and/or restoration projects with governmental and/or non-governmental agencies as well as other partners
  • To actively contribute to the outreach goals and education programs of the YSWRRC
  • To collaborate with SeaWorld Abu Dhabi zoological and education teams as required
  • To contribute to the overall success of the YSWRRC projects by performing all other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications, Experience and Skilled Requirements:

  • PhD in Aquaculture Sciences or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of experience as lead researcher in an aquaculture research center
  • Demonstrated technical competencies in fish aquaculture: genetics, hatchery and nursery techniques, larviculture, brood stock management, live feed production, feeding regime, nutrition, health management
  • Demonstrated research competency in tropical and/or sub-tropical marine aquaculture methodologies
  • Demonstrated success in publishing research results in refereed scientific journals and peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, particularly in communicating research findings to non-academic audiences
  • Excellent leadership and teamwork abilities
  • Ability to represent the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center to community, media, government agencies, and aquaculture associations
  • Demonstrated commitment to company values and safety
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Desirable: 

  • Previous experience in the GCC region is an advantage
  • Ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset
  • Evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is an advantage
  • Evidence of success at securing competitive grant funding
  • Evidence of success in mentoring graduate students and/or post-doctoral researchers
  • Evidence of community engagement and academic outreach
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams

 

To be considered for this role, you will need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Up-to-date CV which includes full publication list
  • A cover letter
  • A one-page summary of past research accomplishments and future research interests
  • A list of the names/affiliation and contact details of three references

All documents should be uploaded  along  with the application details and clearly marked.

 

Closing date: 01 December 2021

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Senior Researcher, Marine Ecology

Job Description

The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center (YSWRRC) is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will be the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center in the UAE. Our Research and rescue programs will focus on marine wildlife and habitats of the Gulf. An important element of YSWRRC’s work is to raise the profile for the excellent efforts in the UAE in the arenas of marine science and conservation. Inspiring public commitment is at the heart of the Center's vision.

As a Senior Researcher, you will be responsible for providing scientific and strategic leadership with regards to the research programs of the YSWRRC. The Senior Researcher will also contribute to supervise students and postdocs and participate in the daily operations of the YSWRRC for knowledge dissemination and education.

 

Job Scope:

The Senior Researcher is in-charge of developing marine ecology research projects focusing on the ecosystems of the Arabian Gulf. The Senior Researcher will develop methods to study marine ecosystems in situ as well as carry out hypothesis-led laboratory experiments.

  • To provide scientific and strategic leadership with regards to the assigned field of research and create an enabling environment for scientific research excellence
  • To lead the production of high-quality research reports, scientific publications, and other communication material
  • To develop collaborative research with YSWRRC colleagues and to actively promote external contacts and networks for local and international collaboration
  • To develop, write and submit proposals for major research/conservation grants and funding programs
  • To supervise the adequate use and maintenance of all facilities and equipment of the YSWRRC
  • To lead research teams, supervise students and coordinate collaborating scientists
  • To conduct research effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation
  • To develop and update guidelines and protocols for lab operations and procedures and to disseminate that information to research staff and students working in laboratories
  • To develop and manage conservation and/or restoration projects with governmental and/or non-governmental agencies as well as other partners
  • To actively contribute to the outreach goals and education programs of the YSWRRC
  • To collaborate with SeaWorld Abu Dhabi zoological and education teams as required
  • To contribute to the overall success of the YSWRRC projects by performing all other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications, Experience and Skills requirements:

  • PhD in Marine Sciences, Biological Sciences or equivalent
  • At least 5 years of experience in a related field
  • Expertise in ecosystem functioning and dynamics, community and species resilience, biodiversity, habitat restoration, fisheries, and/or other relevant topics.
  • Demonstrated competency in scientific investigation of coastal tropical and/or sub-tropical marine ecosystems: field and laboratory-based research studies
  • Demonstrated success in publishing research results in refereed scientific journals and peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, particularly in communicating research findings to non-academic audiences
  • Excellent leadership and teamwork abilities
  • Ability to represent the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center to community, media, government agencies, and aquaculture associations
  • Demonstrated commitment to company values and safety
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Desirable:

  • Previous experience in the GCC region is an advantage
  • Ability to contribute to the development of external cooperation and to attract funding to the research area is seen as an asset
  • Evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is an advantage
  • Evidence of success at securing competitive grant funding
  • Evidence of success in mentoring graduate students and/or post-doctoral researchers
  • Evidence of community engagement and academic outreach
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams

 

To be considered for this role, you will need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Up-to-date CV which includes full publication list;
  • A cover letter;
  • A one-page summary of past research accomplishments and future research interests;
  • A list of the names/affiliation and contact details of three references.
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PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER, P3

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is a global intergovernmental treaty aiming at the coordinated and concerted conservation and management of migratory species and the ecosystems on which they depend.

CMS Office – Abu Dhabi coordinates the CMS MOU on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU). This post is within the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat. The Dugong Programme Management Officer leads the Dugong MOU Secretariat.

The Dugong MOU Secretariat is implementing a four-year project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) aiming to improve conservation of seagrass meadows and the biodiversity they support in five target countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The expected outcome is to integrate seagrass ecosystem services into policy frameworks and business models in selected sites within the target countries. The Project Manager will be supervised by the Project Director (the Dugong MOU Programme Management Officer), who is responsible for the overall project’s coordination and management. This post will be for the duration of the remaining two-years of the four-year project which commenced on 1 January 2019, subject to performance evaluation.

This post is located in the CMS Secretariat's Abu Dhabi duty station.

More information on the IKI project can be found at:
More information on the Dugong MoU can be found at: < https://www.cms.int/dugong/en >
More information on CMS Office - Abu Dhabi can be found at: < https://www.cms.int/en/about/working-together-migratory-species-celebrating-10-year-partnership >
More information on CMS can be found at: < https://www.cms.int/ >

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Coordinator of CMS Office – Abu Dhabi, and the direct supervision of the Dugong Programme Management Officer, the incumbent will undertake the following functions:

1. Manage the project including: engaging implementing partners and sub-contractors through UNEP legal instruments; ensuring efficient project implementation and timely and consistent technical and financial reporting from project partners; establishing systems for project implementation, monitoring and evaluation; reporting to the donor and UNEP; and managing the day-to-day work of the project partners.

2. Oversee the financial management of the project including: the budget and financial cycles of the project; disbursing funds, monitoring and recording project expenditure; maintaining accurate financial and administrative records; ensuring project funds are spent in-line with formally approved project documents and budgets and Umoja administration.

3. Oversee communication activities including: an effective outreach and communications strategy; developing communications materials; liaising with the CMS Secretariat on communications activities; and identifying opportunities to show-case the project.

4. Support project partners in a multi-cultural setting both remotely and via site visits and participation in workshops and trainings if possible; providing advice to project partners on reporting requirements; and ensuring working relationships remain positive and productive.

5. Perform other duties relevant to the assignment.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge or understanding of the theories, concepts or approaches relevant to the conservation and management of dugongs or seagrasses. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in conservation biology, environmental management, project management, economics, international relations or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in conservation biology, environmental management, project management or related areas is required.
Experience managing projects in a UN setting or similar international organization is required.
Experience managing large-scale multi-country conservation project(s) in the project region is desirable.
Experience with an enterprise management system such as the UN Umoja system is desirable.
Experience with the UN or other similar organizations’ financial rules and regulations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required.

NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and "knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This post is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Please note that extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/ Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

Individual Contractors and Consultants who have worked within the UN Secretariat in the last six months, irrespective of the administering entity, are ineligible to apply for or be appointed to any professional and higher temporary or fixed-term positions, within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. For such positions, at least six months need to have elapsed between the end of a consultancy or individual contract and the time of application and consideration for an appointment as a staff member under the Staff Rules and Regulations of the United Nations.

Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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