Chief Scientist, Convention to Combat Desertification - United Nations

Post Date: 7/18/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: United Nations
Position/Title/Fund: Chief Scientist, Convention to Combat Desertification
Deadline: August 10, 2022
Location: Bonn Duty Station, Germany

Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention seeks to support countries to address Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought (DLDD).

The Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) unit supports scientific cooperation, facilitates the monitoring and reporting of the progress made by countries in their efforts to address DLDD, supports capacity-building as well as knowledge and technology transfer, and spearheads the innovation agenda of the UNCCD. The STI aims to enable the UNCCD to become a global authority on scientific and technical knowledge pertaining to desertification/land degradation and mitigation of the effects of drought. To achieve this goal, the Unit works to ensure an evidenced-based policy development process under the UNCCD through its subsidiary body, the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and its Science-Policy Interface (SPI). This includes the development of scientifically grounded key messages and policy-oriented messages and the development of scientific partnerships that expand the UNCCD’s reach within the scientific community and its relevance to development and implementation partners working on the ground.

Under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary and the Deputy Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Science, Technology and Innovation Unit, the Chief Scientist will be responsible for supporting the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and its Bureau including the SPI, serving as secretary to the CST. Other responsibilities will include strengthening scientific implementation of the Convention through interactions with the scientific community, working on such issues as Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), to develop increased participation, interest and contribution to the Convention in general and CST activities in particular. 

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of responsible experience in scientific research, environmental assessment, environmental policy research, scientific programme management or related area is required.
  • Experience of at least five (5) years in scientific leadership, including a substantial record of multidisciplinary publications in leading scientific journals and of providing advisory services to governmental, intergovernmental, scientific or industrial institutions is required.
  • Experience within the international environment governance system is also highly desirable.
  • Field experience in development cooperation context is desirable.

Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental science, social science or related field is required. Post graduate degree/doctorate degree in a discipline relevant to desertification, land degradation and drought is highly desirable.

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