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Vacancy Announcement: IRDR Junior Science Officer

Dec 05, 2014

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Job Tittle:Junior Science Officer 
                    Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
                    International Programme Office (IPO)

Office:      c/o Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI)
                   Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Location: No. 9 Dengzhuang Nanlu, Haidian District, Beijing 100094, China

Duration: two years initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

Application deadline: 5 January 2015, no later than midnight China Standard Time (CST) [Sunday, 4 January 2015, 16:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)]

Background Information – About IRDR

IRDR is co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). It is a decade-long global, trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research programme that addresses major challenges of natural and human-induced environmental hazards and helps to curb disaster losses through better use of relevant science.

For more information about the IRDR programme please visit: www.irdrinternational.org.

Organisational Setting and Reporting Relationships: Formally established in May 2010, the International Programme Office, located in Beijing, China, is the focal point for the coordination, execution and other related functions of the IRDR programme. Led by an Executive Director, the IPO has four supporting scientific/technical and administrative staff—Junior Science Officer, Communications Officer, Administrative Officer and Office Assistant—all of whom report to the Executive Director and are formally employed by the IPO’s host institution, the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Key Responsibilities: The Junior Science Officer will be responsible for:

Providing planning and programming support to the IRDR Executive Director.Monitoring and analysing the implementation and development of IRDR’s core projects and related programme activities.

Preparing various written outputs, e.g. annual reports, background papers, inputs to publications and websites, etc.

Providing substantive support to the Executive Director in the planning and execution of workshops and other events (national and international), the bi-annual meetings of the IRDR Science Committee (SC), biennial global IRDR Conference, as well as the annual Consultative Forum, including proposing agenda topics, identifying and interacting with participants, preparing background documents and presentations, and preparing the reports of these meetings.

Tracking follow-up actions from meetings.

Acting as a focal point for the wider IRDR community, including IRDR ICoEs, IRDR NCs and RCs and partner organisations in disaster risk reduction research.

Giving presentations about IRDR to diverse audiences within China and internationally.

Undertaking domestic and international travel to promote and represent the programme when required and to support the Executive Director.

Assisting the Communications Officer in the implementation of the IRDR Communications Plan.

Performing other duties as required by the Executive Director.

Education / Experience / Knowledge / Technical Skills / Language Requirements

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in a scientific discipline (including social sciences) relevant to natural hazards and disaster risk reduction.
Experience: A minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, preferably at an international level.
Knowledge: Background in/familiarity with disaster risk reduction required; familiarity with climate change adaptation and/or sustainable development desirable.
Technical Skills: Mastery of regular office software (Microsoft Office Suite); some understanding and experience of website management; some experience with professional use of social media (working with the Communications Officer).
Language: Native/near native English speaker required; ability to express oneself clearly and unambiguously in both written and spoken English. The working language of the IPO is English; knowledge of Mandarin can be helpful, but is not a requirement and not among the selection criteria.

Contract Type and Duration

Contract type: Fixed term
Contract duration: two years initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

How to Apply

Only online applications will be accepted. Please submit the following documents in PDF format (there is no application form):

Application letter, explaining why you are interested in the post and outlining the skills and experiences you feel you could bring to IRDR and its IPO.

Current CV with your contact details, nationality and residency, giving evidence for the competencies and experiences required for this position, and also including the names, institutional affiliations, telephone, e-mail and Skype contacts (where available) of three individuals who have indicated their readiness to provide a professional reference, indicating their relationship to you.

Submit applications by e-mail to jobs@irdrinternational.org, stating “Application JSO Post” in the subject line.

The application letter should be addressed to:

Dr Rüdiger Klein
Executive Director
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme
c/o RADI/Chinese Academy of Sciences
Room B713, No. 9 Dengzhuang Nanlu
Haidian District
Beijing 100094
China

Interview date: the first round of interviews will be held via Skype from 14-16 January 2015.

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