DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17 APRIL 2002
Post: Programme Officer
(Environmental Affairs Officer)
Scientific Support Unit
Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Level: P-4 Vacancy No: NA-02-15 EXTERNAL INTERNAL 02-15 Duty Station: Geneva Entry on Duty: As soon as possible Duration: One year (Renewable) CT/1200-98-02-1107
The United Nations Environment Programme provides the
Secretariat for the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which
entered into force in 1975. CITES ensures the international trade
in wildlife does not endanger the survival of species. CITES
provides its member States with a legal framework to fight illegal trade.
Under the supervision of the Chief, Scientific Support Unit, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Represent the CITES Secretariat in matters related to the implementation of the Convention by:
a) acting as a contact for the Secretariat with Parties, other States and non-governmental organizations on matters related to the conservation management of species of wild fauna and flora in international trade, the Animals and Plants Committees, and the Nomenclature Committee;
b) reviewing proposals related to the listing of species in the CITES Appendices and drafting Secretariat recommendations to the Conference of the Parties on amendment proposals;
c) developing projects, programmes or proposals for amendments to improve the implementation of CITES and the conservation management of species of wild fauna and flora; and
d) assisting with the implementation of decisions and resolutions and other tasks assigned to the Secretariat.
2. Collect, analyze and disseminate information related to species of wild fauna and flora in trade by:
- in the preparation of, and participating in, regional or national training seminars, meetings and conferences on the implementation of CITES;
- with the development and dissemination of technical materials and programmes in support of capacity building and scientific aspects related to the implementation of CITES, particularly concerning the conservation management of species of wild fauna and flora in international trade;
- the Animals and Plants Committees with their review of the impact of international trade in species of wild fauna and flora and with other responsibilities assigned to these Committees;
c) maintaining contact, and encouraging collaboration with government agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations and academic institutions regarding the conservation management of species of wild fauna and flora in international trade, and in particular, the trade in CITES-listed species;
e) compiling and publishing annual export quota lists.
3. As part of the Regional Assistance team within the Secretariat, carry out assignments by:
a) establishing contacts with
- Parties, Permanent Missions in Geneva and Management and Scientific Authorities in Party countries and providing direct assistance in regard to the provision of documentation or information, facilitating the identification of needs, such as training, enforcement, legislation and projects on the conservation management of CITES-listed species;
- non-Parties and providing information, documentation and any other assistance required.
- technical input to queries from Parties;
- input, as required, into the organization of regional CITES meetings and participating in other relevant fora to inform countries about CITES and itsmission;
c) visiting new Parties and providing them with information concerning the implementation of the Convention.
4. Other duties as assigned.
Advanced university degree in zoology, botany, ecology, conservation biology, wildlife or fisheries management, forestry, sustainable development or a related field. Ten years of relevant working experience of which preferably three to four years should be in an international environment. Experience in the conservation management of, and international trade in plant species or species from forest or marine ecosystems will be an advantage. Fluency in one of the official languages of the Convention (English, French and/or Spanish) is required and a good working knowledge of another (including English) is essential.
Salary plus Post Adjustment (Net per annum) in US Dollars
At dependency rate At single rate P-4/I 59,255.00 + 14,635.99 55,180.00 + 13,629.46 Post Adjustment* Post Adjustment*
Plus 30 days paid leave every year; education grant up to $9,750 per child per academic year for expatriates.
External applicants are requested to send a detailed curriculum vitae including date of birth, nationality, educational qualifications, a summary of professional skills and/or expertise, a summary of relevant work experience, publications written, and languages spoken, or to complete a United Nations Personal History form (P.11), available at UN Offices.
Interested UN staff members at the level of the post or one level below should present their candidacy according to the "Guidelines for the preparation of applications for vacancies open to internal candidates within the UN Secretariat", available at UN Offices.
All applications to be sent to:
Chief, Classification and Recruitment Section
Human Resource Management Service
United Nations Office at Nairobi, (UNON)
P.O. Box 67578, Nairobi, Kenya
Facsimile (254 2) 62 42 12/62 41 34
Deadline for applications: 17 April 2002
PLEASE QUOTE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO.:
*Post adjustment subject to change because of cost of living fluctuation.
Annex: United Nations Personal History form (, )
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