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Project Researcher, Helsinki Commission, Helsinki

The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) is an intergovernmental organization (Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden) with its headquarters (Secretariat) in Helsinki, Finland, working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea. At present, we are around 30 staff members at the HELCOM Secretariat, and our working language is English. We offer an open, friendly, dynamic and energetic, often fast-paced, international working environment offering all staff members the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to achieving our common goals. For more information about HELCOM, please visit our home page: www.helcom.fi.

We are currently seeking to recruit an enthusiastic expert to strengthen our team as a Project Researcher in the field of hazardous substances (marine/aquatic/environmental contaminants).

Strengthening the HELCOM framework for hazardous substances project -

The recent update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan and preparatory work leading up to this have identified the need for the development of a well-defined and functional strategic framework for addressing hazardous substances in HELCOM (i.e. for the Baltic Sea region). The main focus (or final outcome) of the project is to develop a document that represents a strategic holistic approach to manage hazardous substances (with an action plan). To achieve this final aim a number of preparatory steps are needed to build on previously carried out work and identified gaps.

For more details, please visit: https://helcom.fi/about-us/vacancies/#researcher-framework-hazsub

Responsibilities -

The Project Researcher's task is to carry out the preparatory work needed and subsequently develop a strategic framework for addressing hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea (HELCOM) region. The activities include:
- Developing an initial proposal/work plan for the tasks to be carried out;
- Taking guidance from the relevant regional Experts within the EGs and WGs;
- Carrying out relevant review and preparatory steps, e.g. taking stock of current status quo in HELCOM, identifying links and overlap and addressing gaps between relevant policy initiatives, and reviewing priority substances;
- Drafting the document that represents a strategic holistic approach to manage hazardous substances (with an action plan);
- Supporting other associated processes as considered needed by relevant Secretariat staff.

The tasks are expected to be carried out independently. However, the Project Researcher will cooperate with the HELCOM staff involved, who will provide comments and general guidance on the overall HELCOM framework. The HELCOM Expert Group on Hazardous Substances (EG HAZ), in particular the recently formed sub-team focussing on the strategic approach, will support and guide the work. EG HAZ is an international network of regional experts that works to enhance regional collaboration and serves as a platform for information exchange. The work carried out in the project will also be reviewed and guided by relevant HELCOM Working Groups (WGs) and presented for adoption to the Heads of Delegation (HODs) at a final stage.

The Project Researcher is responsible for reporting and communicating of project work and outcomes to relevant HELCOM groups. In addition, the person may be requested to work in other processes and projects related to the same topics/field.

Qualifications and experience -

The tasks require a background in environmental chemistry, managing hazardous substances /environmental contaminants, or a corresponding field. Previous expertise and knowledge related to environmental policy (e.g. the Baltic Sea Action Plan, related HELCOM Recommendations, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Water Framework Directive, REACH, Industrial Emissions Directive, or the Stockholm Convention), national action plans and measures to address contaminants in the marine environment, marine biology and interdisciplinary work are also a significant benefit.

The successful candidate shall have:
- University degree (minimum Master's degree or equivalent) in environmental chemistry or other related field (e.g. environmental policy);
- Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience at the national or international
level;
- Familiarity and experience in several of the following:
o Environmental chemistry
o Marine/aquatic pollution/contamination
o Environmental/marine policy at the national or international level
o Interdisciplinary work
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills and proven ability to deliver to tight
timelines;
- Ability to work independently, take responsibility and initiative;
- Excellent social and team skills;
- Thorough knowledge of the English language as well as high competence in IT skills;
- Experience from working in multinational projects.

Experience in the following work will be considered an asset:
- Projects related to the marine environment/Baltic Sea;
- Management of contaminants/hazardous substances;
- National or international management of hazardous substances;
- Experience of international cooperation;
- Policy implementation experience.

Remuneration -

The monthly salary is 2.800 €. Please note, that the HELCOM salaries are exempt from Finnish income tax.
Lisätietoja
Työ alkaa
between September and early October 2022
Palkattavien lukumäärä
1
Työaika
Kokoaikatyö
Työn kesto
Yli 12 kuukautta
Työsuhteen tyyppi
Palkkatyö
Työsuhteen tyyppi
Vakituinen työ
Datan lähde
TE-palvelut
Yleistietoja
Tärkeimmät tiedot työpaikasta
Työpaikan sijainti
Katajanokanlaituri 6B, 00160 HELSINKI, Finland
Rekrytointiprosessi
Julkaistu
01.07.2022
Haku päättyy
21.08.2022
Yhteyshenkilö
HELCOM recruitment team, recruitment@helcom.fi

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