[Taxacom] Position Announcement: Head of Participation (GBIF, Copenhagen, Denmark)
dremsen at gbif.org
Mon Jan 19 02:34:35 CST 2009
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat in
Copenhagen, Denmark has an opening for a new Head of Participation.
Please refer to position description below.
GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION FACILITY
Head of Participation
Position: Head of Participation
Sector: Biodiversity; biodiversity informatics and applications
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Up to five years contract, renewable
Deadline: Monday 16 February 2009
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Secretariat seeks
an experienced and energetic coordinator for our Participation
portfolio. The Head of Participation (HoP) post is an exciting
opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment on a global
initiative playing a leading role in increasing our understanding, use
and sustainable management of biodiversity. This strategic role
encompasses both growing the awareness of, and participation in GBIF,
amongst countries, organisations and others and coordinating ongoing
Secretariat-Participant interactions, particularly needs analyses and
provision of services to GBIF Participants as GBIF moves to a more
distributed network model dependent on fully functional Participants.
This is a senior-level post reporting to the Director, with an initial
contract of up to five years and an attractive salary benefiting from
the diplomatic status of the Secretariat. The 19-staff Secretariat is
located in Copenhagen, Denmark.
GBIF is an international ‘public-good’ initiative (current membership
of 49 countries and 39 international organisations) with the mandate
of mobilising the world’s primary biodiversity data via the Internet
in support of national and international science, conservation and
sustainable development decision-making. Currently the GBIF data
portal provides access to more than 2700 datasets worldwide holding
more than 163 million records (http://data.gbif.org). Secretariat
priorities, with the emphasis on growing participation and working
through partners to mobilise biodiversity data, include developing
protocols and standards to ensure scientific integrity and
interoperability, building a global informatics and metadata
architecture to allow the interlinking of diverse data types from
disparate sources, providing training and promoting capacity building
and catalyzing development of the analytical tools for improved
decision-making. For more detailed information on GBIF and our 09-10
Work Programme please visit www.gbif.org.
A. The Participation work area encompasses all aspects of external
relations including broadly:
1. Developing strategic partnerships including outreach to potential
and existing Participants, focussed on growing participation in GBIF.
2. Working directly with Participants at national, regional and
organisational levels to understand their information needs, and, via
constant interaction with the Secretariat Informatics team and wider
GBIF community, providing solutions to these needs. Priorities include
for example analyses of major ecological change due to climate change,
impacts of invasive species and biodiversity loss.
3. Developing and implementing training and capacity building
curricula and materials to enhance participation in GBIF and
capacitate Participants to take advantage of the concepts, products
and services developed by the GBIF community.
4. Overall communications and public relation approaches to the wider
conservation, business and policy communities, including website
content development, media releases, scientific and popular articles
and general communications support to the Secretariat and GBIF
B. The HoP is a new strategic post designed to fully integrate the
Participation work area in order to better coordinate our external
focus in addressing needs and developing services and products to
benefit Participants and attract new Participants. The HoP will:
1. Develop strategies and identify opportunities to grow participation
in GBIF. These activities will include both growing the awareness of,
and participation in GBIF amongst countries, international
organisations, research and academic institutions and private
enterprise and negotiating and formalising strategic partnerships as
2. Lead the interaction with the different scientific, conservation
and policy communities and broker the development and delivery of key
informatics products and services to address multi-stakeholder needs
elicited through these ongoing interactions with stakeholders.
3. Lead the development of a communication strategy including branding
and coordination of all external liaisons.
4. Identify and pursue new funding approaches including to promote and
coordinate the GBIF Campaigns concept.
5. Play a key role in Secretariat strategic planning and serve as the
main liaison between the Participation work area and the rest of the
Secretariat and GBIF membership.
6. Be output and service driven with a proven ability to manage both
internal and external teams and deliver relevant products and services
in a collaborative, participatory yet demanding multi-stakeholder
7. Have the opportunity to define an additional post within the
Participation work area if required.
C. Prospective applicants should ideally have a combination of the
1. A career track record in scientific domains such as agriculture,
biodiversity, biology, ecology, biotechnology, biogeography, climate,
marine and/or earth sciences.
2. Significant experience /exposure (at least 5 years) as a programme/
project manager for a variety of high-level, innovative science
projects, preferably related to web technologies and/or large data
sets and data integration, and innovative large-scale analyses.
3. Worked within and/or have a thorough understanding of the realm of
biodiversity information, including systematics, conservation science
and policy, and the reporting requirements of the major multilateral
4. Experience working on inter-governmental initiatives and
coordinating activities involving a wide range of distributed
participants, including governmental, NGO and scientific groups.
5. Experience extracting and interpreting disparate user needs and
translating these for development into appropriate informatics
products and services.
6. Experience/exposure in conceptualising, planning and implementing
7. A track record of successful international and national fund-raising.
D. Personal attributes include that an applicant must:
1. Have superb English language skills; fluency in other UN languages
is highly desirable.
2. Be comfortable in face-to-face interactions with a diversity of
audiences and sensitive to cultural, political and regional differences.
3. Be an excellent public presenter in both preparation of multi-media
materials and in presentation thereof.
4. Have excellent inter-personal and communication skills to motivate
a team of skilled professionals and external contributors.
5. Be able to work successfully as both a leader and as a team player.
6. Be self-motivated, highly innovative and looking for a significant
career growth opportunity.
The Head of Participation is expected to take up office by 1 April
2009 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further enquiries and
applications should be addressed to the Director, Dr Nicholas King at: HOP at gbif.org
. Applications should include a concise CV outlining relevant
experience, with a cover-letter detailing how you meet the
requirements listed in B, C & D (and numbered accordingly), and your
vision for contributing to the overall mission of GBIF. Include 3-5
URLs or full copies of relevant scientific publications, outreach, PR,
media, training, fund-raising and general external liaison products or
materials. Closing date: 16 February 2009. Interviews will likely take
place the last two weeks of February in Copenhagen.
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