1. This work is under the EU-funded project “Applying an ecosystem approach to (sub) regional habitat assessments (EcApRHA): addressing gaps in biodiversity indicator development for the OSPAR Region from data to ecosystem assessment”. It will be for a fixed 12-month period only (subject to an initial one-month period of probation).

2. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for this post of Project Officer (full time) in the MNHN marine station of Dinard (France). The post is a fixed term (expires at the end of February 2017), with a start as soon as possible but in any case by 1st of March 2016.

3. The successful candidate will be asked to take up his/her post as early as possible. A delay could be agreed to facilitate the relocation to the marine station in Dinard (38 rue du Port-Blanc 35801 Dinard, France).

The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (marine station of Dinard), OSPAR and the EcApRHA project:

4. The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) is a French Public authority, founded in 1793. The museum now comprises 14 sites throughout France, including marine station of Dinard. The museum has as its mission both research (fundamental and applied), collection management, higher education and public diffusion of knowledge. It is organized into seven research and three diffusion departments. Further information is available at www.mnhn.fr/en

5. MNHN is the French task leader for national works on implementation of Marine Strategy Framework Directive Art.9 (Good Environmental Status) and Art.11 (Monitoring) for Descriptor 1 (Biodiversity) and 2 (Non indigenous species). A dedicated team, led from the MNHN marine station of Dinard, is geographically distributed in the French marine labs network (RESOMAR) to facilitate mobilization of national expertize of all seafronts. Members of this team are also involved (co-lead) in OSPAR benthic, pelagic and trophic expert groups, and also in CORMON (Monitoring for Biodiversity & fisheries committee) for the Barcelona Convention (UNEP-EcAp). Further information is available at http://resomar.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article18

6. The OSPAR Commission is an international intergovernmental organisation established to protect the marine environment in the North-East Atlantic Ocean. It consists of representatives of the Contracting Parties: that is, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union. The Commission is administered by a Secretariat based in London. The working languages are English and French. Further information is available at www.ospar.org

7. EcApRHA is a time limited project, part funded by the European Union that will be implemented to help develop biodiversity assessment methods, notably through biodiversity related indicators and guidelines. The project has 4 work packages to develop innovative methodologies, from data collection to assessment by indicators, for pelagic habitats, benthic habitats, food webs and aggregated scenario at ecosystem level. The work will be led by partners in several national centres of expertise (in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and the UK). The fifth work package of the project is led by OSPAR secretariat and a dedicated project officer, in order to deliver strong project management, critical to its successful delivery. Information will be available at http://www.ospar.org/work-areas/bdc/ecaprha

Description of the post and requirements:

8. The “benthic & ecosystem” Project Officer will be expected to make himself/herself familiar with the full range of the activities related to development of benthic indicators, assessment and monitoring guidelines under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and OSPAR’s Intersessional Correspondence Group on Coordinated Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring (ICG-COBAM). This will mean both understanding the detail of the project and being able to make connections to the wider work of OSPAR, supported by EcApRHA leads and partners, and also with the relevant associated working groups and related research programmes. The recent outcomes, or incoming results, of several European research programmes (e.g. DEVOTES, JMP NS/CS, IRIS-SEE, CORESET 2, ODEMM, STAGES, BENTHIS, etc.) will notably have to be reviewed, with a critical analysis, to assess their contribution to EcApRHA specific actions and deliverables.

9. Effective and timely communication and coordination will be critical through the project period. The Benthic Project Officer will be based in the same location (marine station of Dinard) than Laurent Guérin, co-lead of COBAM benthic expert group and EcApRHA’s partner, to ensure initial and ongoing formation and support. The use of collaborative tools (Basecamp) and regular meetings or workshop will ensure strong cooperation with relevant partners at each stage of the project. According to the granted detailed project, the main tasks will be:
Initially and ongoing, to:
• Review and participate in the work under progress in COBAM for benthic indicators, notably by:
– Supporting the process of complementary development of OSPAR benthic indicators;
– Supporting the characterisation of data requirements, data flows, methodological and monitoring standards for BH1 and BH2, notably identifying gaps and complementarities;
• Review with critical analysis the outcomes of relevant research programmes;
Until September 2016 (benthic WP2 final deliverable):
• Organize and coordinate experts working groups (notably through collaborative tool and workshops) to investigate, develop and test scenarios and recommendations to aggregate OSPAR benthic indicators complementary set. This has to be done by identifying and describing links in the respective technical specifications, in the light of case studies and recent related research outcomes;
• Draft and finalize workshops reports, indicator technical specifications and reports on aggregation methods scenarios and Case studies;
Until January 2017 (contribution to Ecosystem WP4 final deliverable):
• Ensure continuous coordination of and liaison with the EcApRHA Project Officer, local line manager and benthic, pelagic and trophic partners, notably via regular teleconferences, meetings and workshops;
• Review works conducted in HELCOM and Barcelona conventions to identify potential synergies;
• Set recommendations (common approach, specificities, gaps, etc.) for potential transposition of developed scenarios and case studies, within OSPAR area and between other Regional Seas;
• Contribute to the development of an action plan to address the gaps and shortcomings identified in the comparative analysis and Case studies;

10. The Benthic Project Officer will be responsible, supported by EcApRHA partners, for the coordination and delivery of reports and summaries on benthic habitats. This task would include the cooperation with partners to ensure delivery of the defined outputs remains on schedule.

11. Liaison with and support to partners, EcApRHA general Project Officer and OSPAR’s secretariat (work package 5), to develop a communication strategy, will be an important and continuous requirement. This is to ensure the outputs and lessons of the project are adopted by OSPAR and fully integrated into OSPAR’s MSFD implementation, as well as spread more widely.

Experience and Qualifications:
12. The person to be appointed will be expected to have attained a general educational standard equivalent to a PhD, preferably in benthic ecology, and will normally have had at least five years’ work experience (PhD included).

13. Evidence of experience in biostatistical works (notably statistical indicators or models), tools (e.g. Primer or R software) and/or Geographic Information System (e.g. QGIS or ArcGIS) would be a strong advantage.

14. It is expected that the person appointed will have particular experience in or knowledge of marine ecosystems, assessment methods (including statistical indicators), marine related European Directives (notably MSFD, Habitat Directive and Water Framework Directive), Regional Sea Conventions (notably OSPAR, Barcelona or HELCOM) and/or European information systems (e.g. EMODnet, Wise-WFD, EEA database).

15. The candidate will be expected to have strong skills to review research outcomes with critical analysis, coordinate, summarize, deliver clear contents and communicate (either to scientists or policy-makers) results of a technical nature.

16. The candidate should demonstrate a high level of organisation, attention to detail and ability to deliver to tight timelines.

17. Autonomy, adaptability and capacity to work and communicate in team and with partners of other related actions will be essential.

18. Demonstration of strong written and verbal communication skills in English and good interpersonal skills will be essential. Additional relevant languages, notably French, would be an advantage.

Terms of Service and Remuneration:

19. The take-home pay will be in the region of 1900 to 2200 € per month, depending on experience. Travel and subsistence’s for participation to workshops and project meetings will be fully covered.

20. This proposed contract is not a permanent engagement and don’t imply in any case a right to be integrated as statutory personnel of the French State.

21. Working hours are 35 hours worked over 5 days per week. The annual leave allowance is 44 days per annum plus statutory French Bank Holidays.

22. This post will be jointly supervised by Laurent Guérin (MNHN Dinard, co-lead EcApRHA benthic and ecosystem work packages) and Éric Feunteun (MNHN, director of the marine station of Dinard).

23. This post implies mobility through Europe and within France for expert technical workshops.


27. The closing date for applications is 17:00 GMT+1, 13th January 2016 and applications should be sent to:
Laurent Guérin ([email protected]), MNHN (Dinard)
Cristina Vina-Herbon ([email protected]), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (UK)
Applications should be sent by e-mail. Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are suited to this post, and any relevant references, summary documents or referees. Informal enquiries concerning the post can be made to Laurent Guérin ([email protected]). Short-listed candidates will be confirmed and contacted 15th January 2016, to plan interviews by phone or Skype from 16th to 21st January 2016.

28. The timetable for the procedure for appointing is as follows:

Applications to be sent before: 17h00 (GMT+1), 13th January 2016

Shortlisting of candidates: 15th January 2016

Interview with short-listed candidates: 16th to 21st January 2016

Successful applicant to take up appointment on: Agreed start date ASAP, by 1st of March 2016

Participation to EcApRHA 1st Benthic workshop: 2-3 days, week 14th-18th March 2016 (location to be confirmed, probably in Dinard or Paris)

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