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Vacancy for the post of Head of Advisory Support

ICES Secretariat has an open vacancy for Head of Advisory Support.

Deadline for applications: 30 October 2016
Published: 5 October 2016

​​​​​​​​​The Head of Advisory Support leads the Advisory Department in the ICES Secretariat. The Advisory Department comprises 15 staff members who support the delivery of  advisory products from single fish stocks to multi-species and mixed fisheries advice, and is now developing integrated ecosystem based advice in accordance with the ICES Strategic Plan.

The Head of Advisory Support works closely together with the Chair and the Vice-Chairs of the ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM) in the planning, mobilization, and use of the Secretariat resources towards fulfilment of requests for scientific advisory services. The Head of Advisory Support also negotiates with the recipients of the advisory services, on contracts and financial agreements for the delivery of products and services.

The Head of Advisory Support will be responsible for drawing up the work plan for the Advisory Department and the advisory process based on the agreed requests received from clients, primarily the European Union (DG MARE, DG Environment), HELCOM, NASCO, NEAFC, OSPAR, and ICES member countries.

The Advisory Department is run by the principle of 100% cost recovery, and the Head of Advisory Support is responsible for overseeing a budget in the range of 16 million Danish Kroner
(2.15 million Euro).

With an increasing work load and limited resources in both the ICES scientific community and the Secretariat, it is important to have a profound understanding of both the substantive and administrative aspects of the work, including the potential to move towards integrated advice based on an ecosystem understanding.

The position requires both the ability to cooperate with existing and new users of the advisory services, as well as the ability to act as a team leader with strong management skills to motivate and guide the departmental staff. Furthermore, work across departments in the Secretariat, including the Science as well as Data and Information departments, plays an important role.

Qualifications and experience

  • At least a MSc from a recognized university in a biological or environmental science discipline, followed by at least ten years of work experience within a marine science discipline
  • Demonstrated leadership for staff and budgetary issues and experience in dealing with clients on administrative and contractual issues
  • Good knowledge of European and North Atlantic marine management policies and their institutional structures and demonstrable experience of working with a range of recipients of ICES advice
  • Familiarity with the ICES advisory process
  • Ability to work with people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds
  • Readiness to travel, and the ability to work flexibly to meet the organization's needs
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English

Recruitment procedure
All applications will be reviewed by a recruitment panel, consisting of members of the Secretariat and headed by the General Secretary.

Expected timeline

  • Application deadline: 30 October
  • Applications reviewed, shortlisting: 31 Oct – 4 November
  • Interviews:  7 – 11 November
  • Start date: Preferably December 2016 or January 2017, but it is possible to negotiate a later starting date for the right candidate

Terms of appointment

The post will be based at the ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark and will be for a period of four years, with possibility for extension.

The Head of Advisory Support reports to the General Secretary.

As ICES is an intergovernmental organization, the Secretariat staff enjoy privileges and immunities to which they are deemed to be entitled to as per the Host Agreement between the Government of Denmark and ICES. The ICES Staff Rules set out the conditions and principles of employment and the responsibilities of the staff of the ICES Secretariat. The salary for the full-time post is exempt from Danish income tax and is based on, but not identical with, P3 of the UN Staff scale. Other benefits similar to those paid by UN organizations are also available for eligible staff members (e.g. installation/repatriation allowances, dependants' education, and home leave). A pension scheme is available, to which both the employee and ICES contribute.


Applications should be submitted by e-mail to no later than Sunday, 30 October 2016. Please include Head of Advisory Support in the subject line.

Additional information can be obtained from Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary.

ICES is an equal opportunity organization committed to inclusion and diversity.

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