The secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has issued a call for experts in desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) to join the "Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of Scientific Advice" (AGSA).
This call follows a decision taken at the 10th of session the Conference of the Parties (COP) held in Changwon, Republic of Korea in October 2011, to mobilize scientific and technical expertise to address the problems of desertification/land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought, taking into account the regional approach of the UNCCD.
The AGSA will undertake a detailed analysis of the options and propose the most suitable components that will shape the framework for providing scientific advice to the UNCCD. The findings will be presented to the 11th session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and will serve as a basis for taking possible decision at COP11.
The public call for candidature opened on 12 April 2011 and will close on 10 May 2012, 2400hrs, CET.
Candidates fulfilling the following competence requirements are invited to apply:
- university degree or relevant experience in a field related to environmental sciences, biophysical, socio-economic and political science pertaining to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD)
- at least five years of working experience with DLDD issues
- working experience related to interdisciplinary matters of DLDD
- experience in environmental and/or scientific governance
- good knowledge of international scientific advisory networks and/or panels
- no conflict of interest with key existing intergovernmental scientific advisory panels
- publications on environmental governance and the role of science therein would be an asset
- good working knowledge of English (the AGSA working language)
The selection process will be conducted by the CST Bureau with the support of the UNCCD secretariat based on applications submitted in response to this public call. Names of selected individuals will be posted on the UNCCD website.
Candidates fulfilling the competence wishing to be considered as a member of the AGSA must:
- read and agree to the Terms of Reference of the AGSA
- submit the application form and a copy of their Curriculum Vitae to: scientific.advice (at) unccd.int