Vacancy announcement: Mike Coordinator



Deadline for application:
30 June 2006
Date of issuance:
6 June 2006
Organizational Unit:
CITES Secretariat
Duty station:

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a multilateral environmental agreement, the Secretariat of which is seeking suitably experienced and qualified candidates for its Nairobi-based multi-country project on Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) to be implemented in Africa. MIKE is a monitoring system put in place across the entire range of the African and Asian elephants to provide information needed for range States to make appropriate management and enforcement decisions, and to build institutional capacity for the long-term management of their elephant populations.

(More information about MIKE can be found on this website.)


The MIKE Coordinator works under the supervision of the Deputy Secretary-General of the CITES Secretariat and is responsible for the following duties:

1. Directing, coordinating and supervising all actions required for the effective implementation of MIKE programme by:

a) monitoring project implementation at all stages, analysing implementation difficulties and proposing corrective actions;

b) monitoring project budget allocations and expenditures;

c) requesting actions for recruitment of experts and ensuring satisfactory and expeditious completion of services and outputs;

d) ensuring that the MIKE data are analysed, reports are prepared and results are communicated to the participating national governments;

e) organizing workshops for developing a standard analytical framework, including preparation of background documents;

f) providing national/site-based training in survey methodology, data management and data analysis;

g) providing guidance on the preparation of training materials;

h) communicating with national governments and monitoring performance of the MIKE activities at the national level; providing scientific and technical assistance as necessary;

i) reporting on a regular basis on progress with the implementation of the project to the CITES Secretariat;

2. Communicating regularly with the MIKE Sub-Regional Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and convening Sub-Regional Steering Committee and TAG meetings;

3. Preparing technical reports related to the MIKE programme required for meetings of the Conference of the Parties and the Standing Committee’s MIKE and ETIS Sub-Group;

4. Representing the CITES Secretariat at workshops/meetings related to the MIKE programme;

5. Performing any other activities related to the implementation of the project, as required.

Qualifications and experience

Education: Advanced university degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.

Experience: 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience, including management experience, in the programme area associated with the post.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is essential and a good working knowledge of French is desirable.

Other skills: Extensive experience in research, evaluation and policy development. Working experience with developing countries, management and negotiation skills. Knowledge of relevant institutions, mandates, policies, guidelines. Knowledge of the UN system.


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

Please send your application together with the completed United Nations Personal History Form (P11) before 30 June 2006.

CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
15, chemin des Anemones
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41(22) 797 34 17

or email to:

Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

We regret that it will not be possible to acknowledge all applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.