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Job Description and Person Specification

 
The Post

Service Area: SCAR Secretariat
Post: Executive Director
Reference No.: SCAR 2017/1611ED
Band: Executive Director (£57,764 up to £73,015)
Reporting to: The SCAR President and Executive Committee, and ultimately to the SCAR Delegates
Responsible for: Implementation of the SCAR Strategic Plan and Management of the SCAR Secretariat


Summary of post

The post will support the implementation of the SCAR Strategic Plan, take responsibility for day-to-day management of the SCAR Secretariat, administer the organisation’s finances and service the SCAR Executive Committee and Delegates with duties as assigned by them. The post will play a leading role in the development of SCAR through its key activities of facilitation of science and the provision of evidence-based advice in, from and about the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. The post holder will have a PhD degree in a scientific discipline relevant to research in the Antarctic or the Southern Ocean, an established track record as a leader/manager of international scientific activities, extensive experience in international scientific research and collaboration, excellent communication and organizational skills, a high level of computer literacy, and proficiency in English. The post holder will demonstrate that they are already on a trajectory as a leader of science organisations and therefore have the clear potential to further SCAR’s vision.

 
Main Duties

Strategic

  1. Support the President, Executive Committee and Delegates with the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
  2. Make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Meetings of Delegates about changes to strategy if required.
  3. Support the President, Executive Committee and Delegates with the development of new strategic plans.
  4. Advise SCAR Groups during the development of new Science Research Programs.

Science facilitation and coordination

  1. Work with SCAR groups to achieve appropriate scientific and organizational goals in line with SCAR’s Vision.
  2. Improve current and develop new effective links between SCAR and other relevant international research activities with a polar interest.
  3. Ensure and grow effective communication among SCAR groups, Members and Delegates.
  4. Improve communication between SCAR and other international science or science-based organisations, including ICSU.
  5. Service meetings of SCAR groups as directed by the Directors.

Provision of advice to international organisations

  1. Maintain strong links with Antarctic Treaty System bodies and the international policy community.
  2. Represent SCAR at meetings of these bodies as directed by the Directors.
  3. Enhance communication between SCAR and international policy bodies including those of the Antarctic Treaty System and the United Nations.
  4. Provide support to SCAR’s advisory group in the lead up to and during Antarctic Treaty and CCAMLR meetings.

SCAR Secretariat

  1. Manage the SCAR Secretariat efficiently and effectively, delegating tasks as appropriate.
  2. Act as line manager for matters relating to the employment of Secretariat staff and ensure the work is allocated fairly, according to skills and capacity.
  3. Take overall responsibility for the organisation and deployment of resources within the Secratariat as approved by the Delegates.
  4. Prepare budgets and administer SCAR’s finances, including the provision of quarterly financial reports to the Directors and SCAR Group Chief Officers.
  5. Attend and service meetings of the Directors and meetings of the Delegates.
  6. Poll National Committees regarding attendance of their members at scheduled Science Meetings and at the Meetings of Delegates.
  7. Assist with raising additional funding for SCAR’s activities.
  8. Implement Secretariat duties as reasonably requested by the Directors or by the Meeting of Delegates.
  9. Undertake extensive international and domestic travel to service SCAR duties. Air travel for SCAR is by default in economy class. Single periods away can be for 1-6 weeks, and multiple such periods can be required in any single year.


Person Specification (Key Criteria)

  1. Possess a PhD degree in a scientific discipline relevant to research in the Antarctic or the Southern Ocean.
  2. Have an established track record as a leader/manager of international scientific activities.
  3. Possess extensive experience in international scientific research and collaboration.
  4. Have a thorough understanding of the institutional management skills required both in small office and in international policy settings.
  5. Possess a thorough understanding of the requirements of staff leadership, management and development.
  6. Have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  7. Possess a high level of computer literacy.
  8. Have considerable proficiency in written and spoken English.
  9. Be capable of and prepared to undertake extensive international and domestic travel.
  10. Previous experience in establishing and directing an international science organisation would be a major asset, as well as success in international fund-raising.


Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, by the closing date, the following documents in full, by e-mail, to the SCAR Secretariat, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  1. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including the names and full contact details of at least three referees.
  2. A covering letter explicitly addressing each of the key criteria.
  3. A one to two page statement of the candidate’s vision for the role.
  4. Proof of eligibility to work in the UK or a statement indicating that application for a work visa will be made.

 

A printable version of the Job Details (as set out in the advert), and the Job Description and Person Specification (as detailed above) is available to download from the SCAR Library.

SCAR’s policy and strategy is formulated by its members through their appointed delegates. Full members appoint two Delegates, a Permanent and an Alternate Delegate. Associate Members (marked *) appoint one Delegate. Union Members also appoint one Delegate.

Delegates meet every two years to discuss past accomplishments and future plans, and make decisions on which research areas to cover, budget allocations, interactions with the Antarctic Treaty System and other bodies, and partnerships with other organizations.

Argentina

  • Delegate: Dr Nestor Coria - Instituto Antártico Argentino, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Viviana Alder - Instituto Antártico Argentino, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Dirección Nacional del Antártico, email

Australia

  • Delegate: Prof Steven Chown - Monash University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Gwen Fenton - Australian Antarctic Division, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: National Committee for Antarctic Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Austria *

  • Delegate: Dr Birgit Sattler - University of Innsbruck, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Bernhard Plunger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belgium

  • Delegate: Prof Frank Pattyn - Université Libre de Bruxelles, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Anton Van de Putte - IRScNB, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Belgian National Committee on Antarctic Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brazil

  • Delegate: Prof Jefferson C Simões - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Eduardo Resende Secchi - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Comitê National de Pesquisas Antárticas-CoNaPA, email

Bulgaria

  • Delegate: Prof Dr Christo Pimpirev - Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Nesho Hainrich Chipev - Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Canada

  • Delegate: Dr David J. Scott - Polar Knowledge Canada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Thomas James - Natural Resources Canada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research, email

Chile

  • Delegate: Dr Marcelo Leppe - Instituto Antártico Chileno, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr José Retamales - Instituto Antártico Chileno, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Comité Nacional de Investigaciones Antárticas de Chile, email

China, People's Republic of

  • Delegate: Dr Huigen Yang - Polar Research Institute of China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Wu Jun - Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: National Committee for Antarctic Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Colombia *

  • Delegate: CALM Juan Manuel Soltau Ospina - Comisión Colombiana del Océano, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: Comisión Colombiana del Océano, email

Czech Republic *

  • Delegate: Prof Milos Bartak - Masaryk University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: National Committee on Antarctic Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Denmark *

  • Delegate: Prof René Forsberg - Technical University of Denmark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, email

Ecuador

  • Delegate: Mr Hernan Moreano - Instituto Antártico Ecuatoriano, email
  • Alternate Delegate: to be confirmed
  • National Committee: Ecuadorian Antarctic Program, email

Finland

  • Delegate: Prof Markku Poutanen - Finnish Geodetic Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Kari Strand - University of Oulu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: National Committee of Arctic and Antarctic Research, email

France

  • Delegate: Dr Mireille Raccurt - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof. Philippe Koubbi - Université Pierre et Marie Curie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Secrétariat du Comité National des Recherches Antarctiques (CNFRA), email

Germany

  • Delegate: Prof Dr Karin Lochte - Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar & Marine Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Dr Günther Heinemann - Universität Trier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: German National Committee for SCAR/IASC, email

India

  • Delegate: Dr Madhavan Rajeevan - Ministry of Earth Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr M Ravichandran - National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), email
  • National Committee: National Committee for Antarctic Research, email

Iran, Islamic Republic of *

  • Delegate: Dr Nasser Hadjizadeh Zaker - Iranian National Institute for Oceanography & Atmospheric Science (INIOAS), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: National Centre for Antarctic Research (NCAR), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Italy

  • Delegate: Dr Antonio Meloni - Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Silvano Onofri - Università della Tuscia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Unità Tecnica Antartide (UTA) dell’ENEA, email

Japan

  • Delegate: Dr Kazuyuki Shiraishi - National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Satoshi Imura - National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: National Antarctic Committee, email

Korea, Republic of

  • Delegate: Dr Yeadong Kim - Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Ho-Il Yoon - Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Korean National Committee for Polar Research, email

Malaysia

  • Delegate: Prof Dr Azizan Samah - Malaysian Antarctic Research Centre, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Salleh Mohd Nor - Academy of Sciences Malaysia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • National Committee: Malaysian Committee for Antarctic Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monaco *

  • Delegate: Dr Céline Van Klaveren-Impagliazzo - Ministere d’Etat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: National Monegasque Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Netherlands

  • Delegate: Mr Dick van der Kroef - Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Jacqueline Stefels - Undergraduate School of Science - Education, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: The Netherlands SCAR Committee, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Zealand

  • Delegate: Prof Bryan Storey - Gateway Antarctica, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Gary Wilson - New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: National Committee on Antarctic Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Norway

  • Delegate: Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther - Norsk Polarinstitutt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: to be confirmed
  • National Committee: Norwegian National Committee on Polar Research: contact to be confirmed

Pakistan *

  • Delegate: Dr Asif Inam - National Institute of Oceanography, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: National Institute of Oceanography, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peru

  • Delegate: Dr Rogelio Villanueva - Instituto Antártico Peruano, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: to be confirmed 
  • National Committee: Instituto Antártico Peruano, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poland

  • Delegate: Prof Dr Wojciech Majewski - Polish Academy of Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Dr Robert Bialik - Polish Academy of Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Portugal *

  • Delegate: Prof Adelino V M Canário - Universidade do Algarve, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: Centre of Marine Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Romania *

  • Delegate: Dr. Cristina Purcarea - National Commission for Antarctic Research (NCAR), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: National Commission for Antarctic Research (NCAR), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Russia

  • Delegate: Prof Igor I Mokhov - A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics RAS, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Maxim Yu Moskalevsky - Russian Academy of Sciences, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Russian Committee on Antarctic Research, email

South Africa

  • Delegate: Dr Pierre J Cilliers - South African National Space Agency (SANSA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Ian Meiklejohn - Rhodes University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: South African National Committee for SCAR, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spain

  • Delegate: Prof Jerónimo López-Martínez - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Jesús Galindo-Zaldivar - Universidad de Granada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Comité Nacional del SCAR, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sweden

  • Delegate: Dr Magnus Friberg - Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: to be confirmed 
  • National Committee: Swedish Research Council, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Switzerland

  • Delegate: Prof Dr Konrad Steffen - Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Martin Schneebeli - WSL Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung, SLF, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thailand *

  • Delegate: Dr. Voranop VIYAKARN - Chulalongkorn University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: Polar Science Consortium of Thailand (PSCT)

Turkey *

  • Delegate: Dr Evrim Kalkan - Istanbul, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: Ms Gözde Yurttagül, TÜBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ukraine *

  • Delegate: Dr Valery Lytvynov - National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: National Antarctic Scientific Centre, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

United Kingdom

  • Delegate: Prof Jane Francis - British Antarctic Survey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof David Hopkins - The Royal Agricultural University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: UK National Committee for Antarctic Research, email

United States of America

  • Delegate: Prof Terry Wilson - Ohio State University, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof Deneb Karentz - University of San Francisco, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Polar Research Board, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Uruguay

  • Delegate: Dr Alvaro Soutullo - Instituto Antártico Uruguayo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Dr Juan Cristina - Instituto Antártico Uruguayo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Committee: Instituto Antártico Uruguayo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Venezuela *

  • Delegate: Dr Juan A. Alfonso - Centro de Oceanología y Estudios Antárticos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • National Contact: Centro de Oceanología y Estudios Antárticos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Union Delegates

International Astronomical Union - IAU

  • Delegate: Prof John Storey - University of New South Wales, Australia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Geographical Union - IGU 

  • Delegate: Prof Vladimir Kotlyakov - Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Federation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Union for Quaternary Research - INQUA

  • Delegate: to be confirmed

International Union of Biological Sciences - IUBS

  • Delegate: Dr Andres Barbosa - Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Union of Geodesy andGeophysics - IUGG

  • Delegate: Dr Ian Allison - Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center, Australia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternate Delegate: Prof John Turner - British Antarctic Survey, UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Union of Geological Sciences - IUGS

  • Delegate: Prof Carlo Alberto Ricci - Universita di Siena, Italy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - IUPAC 

  • Delegate: to be confirmed

International Union of Physiological Sciences - IUPS

  • Delegate: Dr Yvon LeMaho - Institut pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, France, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Union Radio Scientifique International - URSI

  • Delegate: Dr Giorgiana De Franceschi - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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