Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the post of Professional Secretary for the Maritime Working Group, the Response Working Group and the Group on Ecosystem-based Sustainable Fisheries
at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki
Commission (HELCOM) Secretariat. The post, which is based in Helsinki,
Finland, at the Commission's Secretariat, will become vacant on 1 March
The post is open to nationals
of the Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention and nationals of
any other state which is a Member State of the European Union.
is an intergovernmental organization established for the purposes of
the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic
Sea Area, 1992, consisting of Denmark, Estonia, the European Union,
Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The aim
of the Convention is to restore the ecosystems of the Baltic Sea Area
and preserve its ecological balance by preventing pollution from all
sources reaching the Baltic Sea and ensuring the sustainable use of
natural resources within the Baltic Sea Area.
Commission is administered by its international Secretariat based in
Helsinki, Finland. The Secretariat consists of an Executive Secretary,
three Professional Secretaries, Communication Secretary, Administrative
Officer and general and project staff. The Commission works in English.
has over 40 years of experience of unique cooperation in the Baltic Sea
Region bringing together the Contracting Parties and engaging actors
from different institutions, sectors and interest groups in a common
mission to reach a good environmental status of the Baltic Sea. The main
duty of HELCOM is to make policies and recommendations on relevant
measures to be implemented by the Contracting Parties. HELCOM Baltic Sea
Action Plan (BSAP), including its follow-up commitments, is the main
programme for action.
Working Group works to prevent any pollution from ships, including
deliberate operational discharges as well as accidental pollution. The
group works to ensure that adopted regulations are observed and enforced
effectively and uniformly through close international co-operation and
to identify and promote actions to limit sea-based pollution while
ensuring safe navigation. The Maritime group organizes regular meetings
involving representatives from inter-governmental organizations,
non-governmental organizations, maritime transportation authorities and
pollution incident response organizations. The group works closely
together with other international bodies such as the International
Maritime Organization (IMO).
Response Working Group works to ensure swift national and international
response to maritime pollution incidents, to ensure that in case of an
accident the right equipment is available and routines are in place to
respond immediately in co-operation with neighbouring states, to analyze
developments in maritime transportation around the Baltic and
investigate possible impacts on international cooperation with regard to
pollution response and to coordinate the aerial surveillance of
maritime shipping routes to provide a complete picture of sea-based
pollution around the Baltic, and to help identify suspected polluters.
The Response group coordinates two joint aerial surveillance flights a
year as well as other operational exercises to combat pollution. The
group works closely with other relevant international bodies
including BONN Agreement, and the International Maritime Organization
(IMO), to ensure international measures are suitably applied and
implemented in the Baltic.
on Ecosystem-based Sustainable Fisheries deals with fisheries in
relation to the implementation of the ecosystem-based approach.
Moreover, the group will respond to the need to find solutions on how
the sector could further contribute to reaching the Good Environmental
Status of the Baltic Sea by 2021. The group will involve representatives
from fisheries and environment authorities of the Baltic Sea countries,
as well as EU, and HELCOM observers and others as appropriate.
The Professional Secretary is responsible for:
management and facilitation of the work of the Maritime Working Group,
the Response Working Group and the Group on Ecosystem-based Sustainable
Fisheries as well as projects related to these;
the overall coordination, implementation and further development of matters related to sea-based sources of pollution;
a swift national and trans-national response to marine pollution
incidents in close cooperation with the Contracting Parties to the
tasks connected with
environmentally friendly shipping, safety of navigation, sustainable
fishing and aquaculture and preparedness for and response to marine
other tasks entrusted to him/her by the Executive Secretary.
common requirements and duties for the Professional Secretaries as well
as the post description of the vacancy are attached (see below).
The person to be appointed shall have:
knowledge from the work carried out in HELCOM and sound understanding of the role of HELCOM and its Secretariat;
a university degree in maritime science or law or corresponding education;
a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience on national level;
proven strong team-orientated skills;
excellent organizational and administrative skills and proven ability to deliver to tight timelines.
thorough knowledge of the English language and the ability to draft
quickly and concisely in English are essential, as is computer literacy.
Professional experience from international policy-making is an asset.
salary, which is non-incremental, is approximately 5.800 EUR per month.
The salaries paid by the Commission are exempt from Finnish income tax.
In addition, certain allowances may be payable depending on personal
appointment is for three years, the first six months of which shall be a
probationary period, with the possibility of a prolongation for another
period not exceeding three years (3+3 years, maximum 6 consecutive
The selected candidate is expected to take up his/her duties on 1 March 2018.
consisting of a cover letter with motivation and a CV should be sent,
preferably by e-mail, to Administrative Officer Satu Raisamo (email@example.com) on 31 March 2017 at the latest. Applications received after that date will not be taken into consideration.
The interviews are planned to take place in June 2017.