Oceans Advisor Position

The Guarini Center for Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law seeks to hire a full-time Oceans Advisor. The advisor will be hired in consultation with the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), an ad hoc negotiating bloc of small island developing states at the United Nations.

The advisor will work as a part of the Guarini Center’s team on oceans and high seas issues and will provide technical support to the members and Chair of AOSIS on the ongoing Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and sustainable development negotiations.

The advisor will assist the AOSIS lead negotiators for BBNJ and sustainable development in all tasks related to the BBNJ negotiations, and where appropriate with the implementation of ocean related outcomes from the 2030 Agenda and other related international processes.

The advisor’s duties include:

  • undertaking general and legal research on oceans, BBNJ and sustainable development;
  • providing legal analysis on technical negotiating documents;
  • drafting legal opinions, resolutions, submissions, treaty text, and position papers;
  • providing information and training on BBNJ issues to the AOSIS Working Group and AOSIS delegates to the BBNJ negotiations;
  • providing professional support and advice to the AOSIS Chair on the work in the BBNJ PrepComs;
  • assisting the AOSIS lead negotiator to coordinate AOSIS members on statements, strategy and positions; and
  • preparing drafting statements, briefing documents, submissions and position papers.

In addition to excellent research and writing skills, the advisor should possess an ability to think creatively, generate innovative policy ideas that map out practical ways for implementation, and work effectively as a part of a team in furthering common goals.

The successful applicant will have an advanced degree in a related field, relevant experience with the UN system and experience with international diplomacy.

The position is for one year starting in January 2017. The salary is $50,000 for ten months plus comprehensive benefits.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; (4) names of three references to Applications are due December 1st, 2016.