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Vacancy for a Professional Ecosystem Coordinator

The Professional Ecosystem Coordinator coordinates the work across data, science, and advice, with the aim to strengthen the technical and scientific input to ICES ecosystem work, including the development of new products and deliverables.
Published: 15 May 2014

The Professional Ecosystem Coordinator shall possess competences and strong analytical skills related to ecosystems, knowledge from the fisheries field, and an understanding of underlying data needs. This is to support the implementation of the ICES Strategic Plan 2014–2018, and in response to policy demands, work within ICES on integrated ecosystem assessments, ecosystem overviews, interest from the recipients of ICES advice, and work within ICES to move actively towards a stronger integration of ecosystem considerations in its advice.

The post is based at the Council's Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark

Main responsibilities of the post

  • Coordinate, establish, and streamline the working procedures for the ecosystem related work in the Secretariat across the areas of Data, Science, and Advice, in cooperation with the Line Managers of these departments.
  • Support the development of integrated advice in respect of the Common Fisheries Policy, marine environmental policies, related to e.g., Marine Protected Areas, Biodiversity, Good Environmental Status, and Ecosystem Based Management.
  • Support the ICES Expert network, and contribute to specific projects regarding marine science and policy, and ensure that project deliverables are linked to ICES priorities and are fed into the work of science and advisory expert groups.

Qualifications and experience

The position will be filled by a professional with extensive work experience in marine ecology, with a strong fisheries background, and the following qualifications:

  • A degree (PhD or similar) from a recognized university in a marine related science discipline or similar qualifications;
  • At least ten years' professional experience in the quantitative assessment of marine living resources and ecosystems;
  • Experience in scientific analysis of environmental data relating to marine ecosystems;
  • Excellent knowledge of European and North Atlantic marine management policies and their institutional structures;
  • A team player with ability to work with people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English, and excellent presentation skills.

Terms of appointment

The position will be for an initial period of 4 years, starting preferably during December 2014, and with a possibility for prolongation for another 4 years.

Members of the Secretariat enjoy the privileges and immunities to which they are deemed to be entitled in line with ICES as an Intergovernmental Organization and pursuant to 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. Benefits similar to those paid by UN organizations are also available for eligible staff members (e.g. installation, dependents' education, repatriation allowances, and home leave). A pension scheme, or alternatively an investment scheme, is available to which both the incumbent and the Council contribute.


E-mail applications, including curriculum vitae and references, should be submitted to (with "Ecosystem coordinator" marked on the subject line) no later than 12 June 2014. Interviews are planned in week 26.

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