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Implementation Specialist in Marine Litter

Athens (Greece)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Athens (Greece)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Maritime
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
    • Waste Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-01

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the MED POL Programme Management Officer, the International UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Collect available/existing information on measures/instruments to prevent, control and monitor discharges of marine litter from wastewater treatment plants, aquaculture activities, riverine inputs, and ships, with a particular focus on microplastics, emerging pollutants and packaging waste in the Mediterranean.
  1. Collect available/existing information on sources of plastic pollution and their pathways and propose measures to prevent and reduce generation of plastic waste in the Mediterranean.
  1. Provide technical and administrative support to MED POL activities related to marine litter management, with a focus on:
  1. Marine litter monitoring
  2. Upgrading the Regional Plan for Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, and in particular in coordinating the tasks/activities of the Working Group for Marine Litter Management; supporting aspects related to planning, preparations and convening of the “best practices meeting on the implementation of the regional plan on marine litter to prevent/reduce plastic pollution;” and assisting in matters related to marine litter to be addressed in UNEP/MAP’s institutional meetings (MED POL, MAP Focal Points meetings and COP22)
  3. Supporting MEDPOL on aspects related to the Plastic Waste Partnership initiative; Global Partnership for Marine Litter and the Mediterranean Node; Regional Cooperation Platform on Marine Litter Management; Technical Group on Marine Litter (TGML); Marine Litter MED II Project including deliverables of legal instruments to be concluded with the Contracting Parties in the framework of this project

  1. Prepare a final report on tasks completed and summary outputs achieved in the framework of this Terms of Reference (ToR) with regards to technical and administrative tasks.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environmental management, science or related field, with a particular focus on marine litter, marine litter management measures or related disciplines. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Required experience: 60 Months Experience remark:
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management, administration or related area.
  • Knowledge and experience in marine litter assessment and monitoring;
  • Good communication skills, ability to write reports and to speak in public;
  • Good knowledge in office automation software (Word, Excel, Power Point) required.
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise: Other energy, environment and climate change related experience, Development programme management, Monitoring and evaluation Driving license: No Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline: 11 October 2020

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