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International Project Officer

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
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International Project Officer (IPO) - Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Biology and Ecosystems Panel

  • Full time, fixed-term (18 months)
  • Based at the IMAS Waterfront Building, Hobart
  • Provide high-level support to the GOOS BioEco Panel

The Biology and Ecosystems Panel of the IOC-UNESCO Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS - is working towards a sustained, global observing system, specifically those components addressing ocean health. The Panel works closely with the other GOOS panels for physics and biogeochemistry, with GOOS projects including the Deep Ocean Observing System (DOOS) and other scientific groups engaged in progressing global marine observing.

The Opportunity

The International Project Officer (IPO) will support the GOOS BioEco Panel and coordinate the highly diverse set of observing system activities through extensive collaboration and dialogue with the scientific community via national and international organizations including identifying funding opportunities and organizing scientific workshops and expert meetings.

The IPO role is currently supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. Additional support for the European regional implementation will come through a direct consultancy contract between the IPO and IOC. The IPO will be based in Hobart (at the University of Tasmania’s Waterfront campus, Hobart), under the supervision of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), with technical guidance from the two Panel co-chairs.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Work with the international GOOS Biology and Ecosystems Panel to develop Project priorities and support development of a strategic plan for continued development of a global ocean observing network for biology.
  • Work with the EuroSea project under direction from the Panel Co-chairs and the EuroSea Work Package 1 (WP1) leads to develop the first regional implementation of the biological ocean observing system (EuroSea sub-tasks 1.1.2, D1.2, D1.4), and support the final WP1 summary deliverable as required. There will be travel required to Europe for EuroSea meetings and the development and management of a European BioEco variable/network-based workshop in Europe.
  • Work with national and international research and observation programs to promote and document the development and status of a sustained ocean biology observing system.
  • Work with IPOs for the other two GOOS Panels and with the GOOS Program at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to ensure effective coordination across the broader GOOS Program and help develop the Biology and Ecosystems Panel workplan in line with the GOOS 2030 strategy.
  • Organize and implement targeted workshops to promote the development of global and regional networks of marine biology observations, including workshops to reach agreements on global strategies, data sharing practices, and best practices and standards, and to ensure that data from individual programs are comparable regionally and globally.

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • A PhD or equivalent experience in marine science, preferably with strong background in biology/ecology
  • A strong background in project management, including the writing/ development of strategic and project planning documents
  • Well-developed networking and communication skills (Oral and written) and experience in development of technical and public documentation suitable for both science community and public consumption
  • Experience in developing funding proposals to Government and non-government organizations
  • Proven ability to work under limited direction and across culturally diverse working environments
  • Willingness to travel for international meetings.


Appointment to this role will be at HEO8 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $122,165 comprising base salary of $98,122 to $111,567 plus 9.5% superannuation.

How to Apply

• To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/selection criteria.

• For further information about this position, please contact Professor Nic Bax, GOOS Panel Chair, or 03 6232 5341.

• Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Thursday, 2 April 2020, 11.55pm

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

Download File Position Description - International Project Officer (IPO) - Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).pdf

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