Marine Environmental Planning Analyst

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This position is with the Office of Environmental Monitoring and Mineral Resources (OEMMR) of The International Seabed Authority (ISA) located in Kingston reporting to the Director of OEMMR and under the overall supervision of the Secretary-General.

The complex and delicate balance of the natural world combined with contaminants and intervention by development strategies require scientifically sound and dynamic solutions to better understand the potential impact of human intervention on the marine realm.

The successful candidate will be able to respond to the increasing need of data handling, interpretation and evaluation of pre-processed information, such as in EIA, SEA, etc. and to provide support with existing information to the Authority's mandates on Environmental Management Plan (EMP), implementations and review. The candidate will  face  challenges in the implementation and constant gap analyses of data from  human activities in the Area.



Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Responsible for managing and advising on a wide range of projects including marine policy and planning studies, and environmental impact assessments;

  2. Undertake studies and research in the fields of marine and/or environmental sciences; 

  3. Data handling and interpretation to provide recommendations to marine environmental challenges coming from activities in the Area;

  4. Data handling and interpretation to propose recommendations and policies for the sustainable use of the marine environment under potential deep sea mining activities in the Area;

  5. Perform sound scientific evaluations of historical data with new acquisitions to provide guidance in the sustainable exploration/exploitation of marine mineral resources;

  6. Actively participate in the ISA’s work including the Annual Report Environmental Review Process.

  7. Propose recommendations and policies for the sustainable use of the marine environment under potential deep sea mining activities in the Area;

  8. Liaise closely with communication experts to advocate, educate and disseminate acquired data and information to the general public;

  9. Publish data in a user-friendly format following ISA's communication guidelines and write high quality reports on marine environmental information;

  10. Performs other duties as assigned.



Professionalism:  Knowledge of marine policy and environmental planning; Ability to apply technical expertise to analyzing a diverse range of issues and problems; ability to develop innovative and creative solutions; Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matters. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Demonstrates ability to work in team.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Teamwork:  Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicit input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; place team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.



  1. Advanced university degree (Doctorate or equivalent) in Environmental Sciences/environmental engineering, marine biology or oceanography. 

  2. A lower-level university degree in combination with additional years of relevant experience in Environmental Sciences/environmental engineering, marine biology or oceanography or other related field, may be accepted in lieu of the Doctorate.



  1. A minimum of five (5) years' experience with oceanographic data collection, interpretation and statistical analyses (knowledge of numeric and explicit statistics/models) is required. 

  2. Experience in a research or regulatory background together with a demonstrable track record in marine policy and planning is required.

  3. Familiarity with physical, chemical, geological and biological data describing the deep sea in the Area is highly desirable.

  4. Experience with Area Based Management Tools (ABMT) is an asset.

  5. The candidate must be familiar with the nature of physical, chemical, geological and biological data pertaining to the deep sea in the Area.

  6. Proven experience of working at deep sea environment is an asset. 



  1. English and French are the working languages of the International Seabed Authority.  For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. 

  2. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.



Candidates may undergo a substantive and a competency-based interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



  1. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference verification process in accordance with the ISA policy. The process will include but is not limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check. All candidates should be in a position to submit electronic copy of their passport and all diplomas listed on their profile when requested;

  2. Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ISA web-site;

  3. Only nationals of ISA Member States are eligible for consideration;

  4. Consideration is given to achieving diverse gender, geographical and economic representation at the ISA, to the extent possible;

  5. The ISA reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, and/or to make an appointment at a lower level from the one advertised.

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