Project Specialist (RISA)

Research · Honolulu, Hawaii
Department Research
Employment Type Regular or Limited Full-Time - 40 hours per week
Compensation $75,297.28

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SUMMARY:  The East-West Center is accepting applications for a limited, two-year appointment (with possibility of extension) for a Project Specialist within the Research Program. The Project Specialist will lead a joint EWC and University of Hawaiʻi (UH) project to identify locally and sectorally-relevant climate indicators and metrics for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Palau, and to support the creation of integrated, sector-specific early warning systems. This work is part of a larger, 5-country Green Climate Fund project administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Project Specialist will work closely with researchers in the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments (RISA) program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UH, the UNEP program management team, and a network of in-country stakeholders on the project. The project will improve climate early warning systems in Pacific Small Island Developing States, which are among the most vulnerable in the world when it comes to climate change, natural disasters and increasingly frequent or intense extreme climate events such as tropical cyclones, flooding, and drought.

 

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Manage the EWC components and UH subaward of the broader GCF program to develop climate early warning systems.
  • Coordinate and lead in-country needs assessment workshops with stakeholders to identify the relevant climate variables, timescales, and uncertainty associated with climate impacts, as well as gaps in the provision and accessibility of climate information for decision-making. They will then use this information to inform the development of sector-specific climate early warning systems, web-based data and information, and associated monitoring infrastructure in the RMI and Palau.
  • In the later years of the project, coordinate training activities in the use of climate early warning systems and ensure they are integrated into country-specific dashboards or climate information portals.
  • Manage administrative tasks related to project reporting, budgeting, and grant tracking, and will liaise with fiscal and procurement offices.
  • Maintain existing regional networks and build new partnerships relevant to the project; and perform other related duties as assigned.

 

SUPERVISION:  Works under the limited supervision of Research Fellow Laura Brewington.  The incumbent is held responsible for accuracy in following complex instructions and for developing initiative in following procedures without step-by-step guidance. Supervisor may periodically review work in progress but generally accepts results of finished product.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s degree or equivalent in a field related to climate science, environmental science, environmental policy or management, or program administration.

 

Possesses at least one (1) year of research experience demonstrating the ability to synthesize varied research findings and collaborate with diverse groups in natural resource management, government, and business.

 

Demonstrates the ability to plan, prioritize, organize, and coordinate work involving a wide variety of tasks and materials; to apply sound judgment; to take initiative, and work independently and cooperatively in following through on assignments; to maintain a high level of accuracy in working with details; to assume responsibility for whole areas of work and integrate information from relevant sources; to synthesize data and information from multiple sources into decision-making tools; to work effectively and deal pleasantly and helpfully with people of diverse cultural backgrounds; to be sensitive to and assess the needs of people; to be poised and confident in handling a range of situations; to work effectively in a highly non-routine environment; to work under the pressure of deadlines and competing demands; to acquire and maintain knowledge of and appropriately apply policies and procedures; to establish and maintain accurate files and records; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and to gather and/or prepare background materials.

 

Possesses knowledge of routine office practices and recordkeeping procedures; of correct English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage; of office machines and equipment, including computers, LCD projectors, and emerging technologies; of climate issues affecting the Pacific Islands; high proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe, or equivalent office computer applications; proficiency with Google suite, Microsoft 365, or other work sharing platforms; and of meeting software such as Zoom and Skype. 

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience working with Pacific Island governments and communities. Experience working with climate data and information systems or portals.

 

SALARY: $75,297.28 per year which includes a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 9.75% (subject to change annually) and an attractive total compensation package.

 

WHO MAY APPLY:  All persons who meet qualification requirements.

 

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit an electronic application at APPLY FOR THIS JOB NOW. Application information should include a cover letter with position title and a statement addressing how the qualifications are met, a resume, and names and addresses of three professional references. Screening and assessment will be based on the materials submitted.

 

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled

As required under Title IX, the East-West Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it operates, including admissions and employment.

This is a full-time position


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  • Location
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Department
    Research
  • Employment Type
    Regular or Limited Full-Time - 40 hours per week
  • Compensation
    $75,297.28