> ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST
> The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
> Working Group II Technical Support Unit seeks a candidate
> to manage and participate in climate change impacts
> assessments. A minimum of 5 years' experience and a Ph.D.
> in ecology, biological sciences, earth sciences, water
> resources, environmental science, agricultural sciences, or
> related social science required. Experience with integrated
> assessment and/or GIS preferred. Must possess excellent
> writing and verbal skills, knowledge of a second language,
> and an ability to work with interdisciplinary analysis and
> researchers in a variety of cultural and professional settings.
> Opportunity to travel.
> Send a curriculum vitae, professional (non-technical) writing
> sample, and names and contact information for three
> references to:
> IPCC Working Group II TSU
> 400 Virginia Avenue, SW
> Suite 750
> Washington, DC 20024
> Attn.: Sandy MacCracken
> Starting salary $4,673-$5,841/month with excellent benefits.
> For a complete job description access
> www.ucar.edu/cc.html or call our Job Line at (303) 497-
> 8707. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on
> 5/29/98. The University Corporation for Atmospheric
> Research (UCAR), the administering entity for the IPCC
> Working Group II TSU, is an equal opportunity employer.
> Detailed Position Description
> Basic Functions
> Participate in assessments of potential impacts of climate
> change; manage specific chapters or subject areas; synthesize
> scientific information regarding climate change and climate
> change impacts; and communicate scientific information to
> policy officials, stakeholders, and the public. In consultation
> with senior scientific staff and the Co-Chairs of IPCC
> Working Group II, lead program elements integral to the
> successful implementation of the plan to complete climate
> impacts assessments on time and within budget.
> Assessments are conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel
> on Climate Change to support the UN Framework
> Convention on Climate Change, national and sub-national
> governments, intergovernmental organizations, and private-
> sector decision-makers.
> The position reports to the Head of the Intergovernmental
> Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II Technical
> Support Unit.
> =B7 Ph.D. in ecology, earth, agricultural or other
> environmental sciences, and a minimum of 5 yearsO
> experience in discipline relevant to climate impacts
> =B7 Advanced skill in planning and managing project goals
> and objectives, and excellent oral and written skills to
> communicate with both lay and technical audiences
> =B7 Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams in a variety
> of cultural and professional settings
> =B7 Willingness to travel
> Specific Duties
> 1. Support preparation of draft assessment
> chapters and summaries (percentage of time: 60%;
> importance of duty: 1)
> 1.1 Work with lead author teams of IPCC assessments to
> assemble and edit draft chapters, including travel to
> meetings, correspondence with authors, identification of
> missing information and literature, review/editing of drafts,
> and collation of external review comments.
> 1.2 Work with and supervise other members of the TSU to
> help coordinate chapters and sections of the assessments,
> synthesizing information on cross-cutting themes and issues;
> evaluate progress, establish staff priorities, and obligate task
> monies to meet deadlines imposedby the IPCC as part of its
> mandate to provide timely inputs to the UNFCCC.
> 1.3 Contribute to writing portions of technical summaries,
> summaries for policymakers, and other summary
> documents; write articles in the peer-reviewed literature in
> support of the Working Group II mission.
> 1.4 Work with and consult IPCC Review Editors in
> evaluating comments received on chapters and assuring these
> are fully considered by lead authors; assist review editors in
> handling controversies or disputes.
> 2. Outreach (percentage of time: 20%; importance of duty:
> 2.1 Give academic as well as policy-oriented presentations to
> high-level external audiences including the scientific
> community, environmental groups, business groups, and
> other stakeholders; take the lead in ensuring active industry
> involvement in the IPCC process.
> 2.2 Interact extensively with stakeholders regarding the
> IPCC process, including presentation of findings and
> discussion of stakeholder concerns regarding the substance
> and process of the assessment.
> 2.3 Represent the IPCC at governmental meetings, including
> those related to the US interagency working group on global
> change at the Department of State.
> 2.4 Draft outreach materials describing WG II or IPCC-wide
> 3. Manage timetable for chapter/report preparation
> (percentage of time: 5%; importance of duty: 2)
> 3.1 For assigned portions of assessments, manage the report
> preparation process, keeping to and anticipating deadlines,
> including those related to chapter lead authors meetings,
> draft preparation, and internal/external review cycles.
> 3.2 Anticipate the need for documentation that furthers the
> assessment process.
> 4. Other (percentage of time: 15%; importance of duty: 2)
> 4.1 Independently initiates activities that further the Working
> Group II mission (e.g., Industry Roundtable) for ultimate
> approval by the TSU Head.
> 4.2 Complete other assignments as requested by the TSU
> =B7 Work will be performed as part of a team under direction
> of the TSU Head, but the person in this position will be
> expected to take initiative in leading efforts for which
> he/she is responsible and to manage multiple concurrent
> activities by delegating as appropriate; supervisory
> responsibilities for other staff for selected project-
> specific tasks.
> Desired Skills
> =B7 Advanced knowledge of one or more scientific fields,
> especially interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary aspects
> of these, including up-to-date knowledge of current
> scientific findings and controversies in the related
> scientific literature.
> =B7 Excellent oral and written communications skills,
> including the ability to prepare and give presentations to
> a wide variety of scientific and general audiences.
> =B7 Knowledge of a second language (in addition to English)
> =B7 Advanced skill in planning and managing project goals
> and objectives.
> =B7 Thorough understanding of assessment methods and
> procedures, including GIS.
> =B7 Advanced computer skills.
> Interpersonal Contacts
> =B7 Work as scientific colleague with external scientific and
> technical experts responsible for preparing chapters of
> the IPCC assessments
> =B7 Work as scientific colleague with staff members of other
> Technical Support Units
> =B7 Interact with stakeholder groups as a recognized
> contributor to scientific research
> =B7 Liaison with equivalent scientific/technical personnel at
> other external groups, including those in US
> Government agencies and offices, international
> organizations, and stakeholder groups
> =B7 Presentations and correspondence/contacts with general
> public, representing the WG II TSU on specific issues or
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