The Convention on Wetlands, also known as the “Ramsar Convention” from the name of the city in Iran where it was signed in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetland biodiversity and services. It was the first of the modern global multilateral environmental agreements and remains the only one devoted to a specific critical ecosystem.
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland where the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), provides some administrative services to the Convention’s Contracting Parties for the operations and implementation of the Convention.
The Deputy Secretary General is the most senior position, after the Secretary General, in the 22 - member Ramsar Secretariat. The post-holder provides the lead within the Ramsar Secretariat on all scientific, technical and policy matters with a global relevance.
The position requires an extensive knowledge and experience of the objectives and operations of the Convention and of the work of its Secretariat, at the global level and regional level, as well as competencies across a broad spectrum of subjects including water and wetland management, sustainable development, science and policy, organizational management and financial planning, and the issues that affect the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
Applicants are requested to apply online through the IUCN HR Management System. The vacancy closes on Nov 30th 2014 at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST).