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Employment opportunities within the IWC Secretariat


Executive Secretary of the International Whaling Commission

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) invites applications for the post of Executive Secretary.  This is a four-year appointment with the possibility of one additional four-year extension.

The IWC is an international organisation with a membership of 87 Contracting Governments.  It is the global body responsible for the conservation of whale stocks and the management of whaling and its headquarters are in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The Executive Secretary is the head of the Commission’s Secretariat and must be impartial in co-ordinating the interests of all Contracting Governments.  S/he is responsible for the efficient management of the Secretariat including development of the Commission’s budget and associated programme of work, organisation of meetings of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies, and maintenance of relationships with other international organisations.

Prospective candidates must have proven leadership and management ability.  Experience in the international arena, especially with inter-governmental organisations would be advantageous.

The post is graded at the equivalent seniority of D.1 level on the United Nations salary scale and attracts a net salary (after IWC staff assessment) of £94,365.97 British Pounds.  Under the terms of the IWC’s headquarters agreement, permanent staff do not pay UK income tax on salaries from the Commission. 

Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] and must arrive by 5pm UK time on Friday 21 July 2017. Please enter Executive Secretary recruitment in the subject field. All applications will be acknowledged.

Interviews will take place in Shimonoseki (Japan) in week commencing 4 September 2017.

Further details, including the detailed person specification and application procedure can be downloaded here.