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Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, D-1

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 21 July 2009

DATE OF ISSUANCE: 22 May 2009

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Environment Programme

DUTY STATION: Geneva

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 09-PGH-UNEP-4212BO-R-Geneva

The Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.  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.

Remuneration

Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.   More Info…

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Responsibilities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) works with international governmental and non-governmental organizations, national and local governments, business and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, incorporate environmental costs, use natural resources efficiently, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, and enable the implementation of conventions and international agreements. The work of UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch (ETS) examines how economics, trade and finance interact with the environment and contribute to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels, It makes the economic case for the environment, in particular through the “Green Economy Initiative,” This post is located in the Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) of UNEP/DTIE in Geneva, The position reports to the Director DTIE and as Branch Chief, is responsible for the formulation and management of UNEP’s Programme on Economics and Trade with the following main functions:

  1. Ensures the integration and use of economic rationale, analyses and tools across the various UNEP priority areas and Divisions and maintains a network of institutions and experts to provide inputs/advice to UNEP’s work on economics and trade.
  2. Evaluates and analyses the developmental and environmental implications of policies, plans and programmes proposed by governments, advise on policies that facilitate sound environmental management and sustainable development.
  3. Provides technical advice and assistance to UNEP clients, including governments, NGOs on developing and implementing conceptual frameworks to achieve sound environmental management and sustainable development.
  4. Integrates and ensures coherence and consistency between the economics related activities developed by the Branch with other relevant activities developed and implemented across the United Nations Environment Programme and provides expert advice to UNEP Management on the interface between environment, economics and development.
  5. Develops programmatic strategies and policies and determines the related financial and human resource requirements.
  6. Manages the personnel and financial resources of the Branch.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of environmental economics with specific focus on the sustainable development dimensions of macroeconomic and sectoral policies and the impacts of such policies on ecosystems and the services they provide. Ability to prepare reports and papers on related technical issues and to review, analyze, and comment on research papers; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; performs efficiently under stressful situations. Communication: communicates both verbally and in writing clearly and effectively; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping others not only informed but involved in the design and implementation of programmes and activities. Negotiates to align parties, builds networks, listens and communicates effectively to engage others Teamwork: Builds support for mandate toward achieving a vision; inspires others to translate vision and values into day-to-day activities and behaviors. Works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Strong network inside and outside the UN and ability to create teams across the organization, Planning and Organizing: Formulates, implements and evaluates; Establishes courses of action that ensure that work is completed efficiently; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Accountability: Is conscientious and efficient in meeting deadlines and commitments, and achieving results; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. Leadership: inspires staff members to perform their duties willingly, competently and enthusiastically; imaginatively directs, guides and influences goals by mediating between individuals and the organization in such a manner that both gain maximum satisfaction; leads by example and talent; performs a directing role and yields influence over others; empowers others to translate vision into results; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics and environmental accounting, A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of working experience, some of which should be at the international level, strong track record in environmental economics, human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field. Developing country experience is essential and experience in working in or with the United Nations an asset.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of other United Nations languages an asset.

Other Skills

Knowledge of the structures of the UN and other bodies and of the different structures of international coordination mechanisms. Solid knowledge of UNEP’s global environmental strategy, the Bali strategic plan and issues related to mainstreaming the environment in development policies, poverty reduction strategies, environmental economics and trade and environment. Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, e-mail, internet) are required,

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations -Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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Environmental Economics Assistant Professor

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Q Environmental Economics

The department of economics is seeking applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor/instructor beginning August 2009. Responsibilities include teaching an introductory course in environmental economics, a seminar in environmental and resource economics, and econometrics labs. Teaching load is 5 courses per year. Minimum qualifications include: ABD in economics, prior college/university teaching experience, and a demonstrated potential for high quality teaching. Colgate University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, student body, and staff further the University’s educational mission. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send or email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness to: Professor Robert Turner (rturner@mail.colgate.edu), Search Committee Chair, Department of Economics, Colgate University; 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346. Email applications are encouraged.

Forest Ecologist

Forest Ecologist in Bozeman, MT

Position Classification: Exempt Grade 5

Salary Range: Competitive

Reporting Relationship: Director of Ecology

Starting Date: July 1, 2009

Position Summary (General Description): The Wilderness Society seeks an ecologist with experience in natural resource issues and an interest in restoration to join its Ecology & Economics Research Department as part of an interdisciplinary regional conservation team working to protect Montana’s wildlands. This is an exceptional opportunity for a conservation scientist interested in applying his or her scientific expertise to real world land management challenges and working at the nexus between science and public policy. We seek an applied ecologist to synthesize and analyze existing scientific information, develop new information, and translate these ideas into a format that will influence federal land management decisions in Montana and federal policies.

Founded in 1935, The Wilderness Society seeks to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We work from a foundation in science and through collaborations with local and regional and national conservation partners to achieve protection and improved stewardship of (primarily) federally owned wildlands in the United States. In addition to the two overarching goals of increased wildland designation and improved stewardship of public wildlands, we pay particular to three issues affecting wildland health and management: climate change; energy; and recreation.

The principal role of the scientist in this position is to develop and deliver scientific understanding of the ecosystems of the Northern Rockies in order to strengthen conservation practices on federal lands managed by the Forest Service. This position will be a critical part of our multidisciplinary team with expertise in economics, landscape analysis, communications, outreach, organizing and advocacy. The ecologist provides the foundation for science-based advocacy in Montana and the broader Northern Rockies, as well as contributing to the overall efforts of our Ecology and Economics Research Department.

The ecologist will be involved in numerous aspects of The Wilderness Society’s program, but project work will be centered on the development of ecological information needed to shape the Forest Service’s decisions regarding forest restoration, management and protection. . The ecologist will lead the development of ecological information relevant to restoring watersheds and forest ecosystems, habitat fragmentation, and wildland fire management. Analyses will help quantify values, threats, and develop restoration solutions.

The ideal candidate has substantial scientific experience post graduate school, experience with land conservation issues and policies, expertise in Northern Rockies ecosystems, outstanding communication skills, and a proven ability to translate ecological information into public policy and land management recommendations. This is a senior science level position within The Wilderness Society and compensation is competitive with university and governmental science programs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with research department, regional conservation, and stewardship climate change, and other program staff to develop and integrate scientific program priorities into the campaign to influence forest management in Montana national forests;
  • Design and develop scientific analyses that bring ecological information, including results from spatial analyses, to bear on forest restoration and protection plans for priority areas in Montana;
  • Develop scientific reports, white papers, peer-reviewed papers and science and policy briefs needed to build the scientific case for protection, restoration, and good stewardship of wildlands;
  • Help develop policy recommendations based on scientific data;
  • Analyze select federal land management plans, policies, and environmental impact statements to assess ecological impacts on Montana wildlands;
  • Communicate research, analytical findings, and policy recommendations to government agencies, elected officials, conservation partners, and other audiences;
  • Share scientific findings and related policy recommendations with the media;
  • Where appropriate, use scientific research and information from Montana to help influence national level policy issues;
  • Support development of funding proposals;
  • Manage contract research, internships, and other means of augmenting analytical capacity; and
  • Travel to attend short-duration meetings, give presentations, and visit specific project sites

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in forestry, ecology, wildlife biology, landscape ecology or related field;
  • Passion for and commitment to wildland conservation;
  • Familiarity with Northern Rockies ecosystems;
  • Working knowledge of GIS concepts and principles;
  • Knowledge of conservation issues on western public lands and how they relate to natural resource management and federal public land policy;
  • Understanding of federal environmental laws;
  • Ability to work with the media, elected officials, and the public;
  • Exceptional communication skills and demonstrated ability to translate complex ecological information into terms that can be understood by a non-scientific audience;
  • Ability to think strategically and develop conservation advocacy programs;
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and interact in a group setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, think creatively, and write convincingly

This position is available July 1, 2009 and is located in our Bozeman office. The Wilderness Society is an equal opportunity employer. The Wilderness Society offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Application review will begin in early-May and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for this position, resume, samples of both technical and popular writing in relevant fields, and names, addresses, phone numbers of three references to:

Forest Ecologist Search
The Wilderness Society
1615 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
email: research_jobs@tws.org

Post-Doctoral Position Available

Modeling complex freshwater landscapes

University/Agency: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Job Description: A two-year post-doctoral position is available to work with the Landscape Limnology Research Group and partners (funded by the Center for Water Sciences at Michigan State University). The successful applicant will work with an interdisciplinary team that includes the landscape limnology research group (Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Mary Bremigan, Patricia Soranno, and Katherine Webster) and collaborators in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (Daniel Kramer) and the Department of Geography (Arika Ligmann-Zielinska). The successful applicant will build upon on-going research to integrate landscape limnology, economics, human behavior, and policy into a framework that develops a richer understanding of lakes and their landscapes as coupled human and natural systems (lakes and their watersheds). Products of the work include high-impact scientific publications and a proposal submission to NSF’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program.

Qualifications: A PhD is required. Applicants from all related disciplines (social science, natural resource economics, aquatic ecology, environmental science) are invited to apply. Persons experienced with quantitative approaches and the use of systems modeling are especially encouraged to apply. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, managers, and policy-makers across a variety of disciplines are required.

Salary: $40,000/year plus competitive benefits package

Last Date to apply: June 15, 2009 or when position is filled.

Start Date: August 16, 2009

To apply: Send statement of interest, current CV, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Kendra S. Cheruvelil, Assistant Professor
Lyman Briggs School of Science
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
35 East Holmes Hall
(518) 353-9528
ksc@msu.edu

Postdoctoral Position Available

Amazonian indigenous people, cultural change, and biodiversity: Join an exciting team on a unique project investigating the consequences on biodiversity of cultural changes in Amazonian indigenous communities. We are seeking enthusiastic candidates for an 18 mo postdoctoral position, jointly based in Stanford University (USA) and Toulouse University (France).

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will contribute to an NSFfunded project, by developing a mathematical model of the hunting practices of Makusi and Wapichana people in Southern Guyana and northern Brazil. Duties will include integration and synthesis of existing socioeconomic, hunting and environmental data sets, statistical analyses, model building, and manuscript preparation. Opportunities to develop independent research projects using data generated by the project are encouraged.

Qualifications: A PhD with a background in ecology/evolution, demonstrated interest in the broader questions in social studies and tropical systems, a proven publication record especially in mathematical modeling, and strong motivation. Research experience in social systems is desirable. Employment Conditions: The starting date is negotiable between July and August 2009. We will offer a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate.

To Apply: Please send a single PDF file containing letter of application with statement of interest, CV and two letters of reference to Jose Fragoso at fragoso@stanford.edu with cc to Jerome Chave at chave@cict.fr.  For full consideration, apply by June 15 2009. The position will remain open until filled.