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Project Manager/expert for Arctic Marine Litter portfolio

The Polar and Climate Programme at GRID-Arendal currently has a large and growing portfolio of projects which focus on impacts of climate change, adaptation and resilience building, biodiversity as well as pollution in the polar and high mountain regions of the world.


We are seeking a dynamic and committed colleague with an aspiration to lead the Arctic marine litter and waste portfolio and increase the programme´s impact. You will bring your experience, energy and skills to assist with various tasks ranging from, project management to implementing projects, writing proposals and developing future projects, maintaining and establishing networks and assist and advice on marine litter, waste management, plastic pollution or other topics related to the Arctic environment.


You will be working with a strong international team composed of people from different cultures, bringing together a broad spectrum of experiences across the globe in different time zones. Therefore, sometimes flexibility is required in making yourself available after working hours. The position may require traveling.


This is full-time permanent position at our office in Arendal, Norway.


Main activities

  • Provide expertise in conducting desk study research, analysis, summarize findings, policy-oriented papers, and assessment reports in support of the Waste and Marine Litter Programmes
  • Develop integrated approach to planning of waste management at local, national and global lever in developing countries and countries in transition e.g., facilitate guidelines, contribute to action plans, strategies, inventories etc.
  • Contribute with knowledge-based information to regional and global level policy development
  • Facilitate relevant workshops, stakeholder consultations etc
  • Develop and maintain good relationship and regularly report to project clients and donors when necessary;
  • Provide expertise to Waste and Marine Litter Programmes’ communications, PR and awareness raising activities
  • Promote good external understanding of the Waste and Marine Litter programmes’ objectives and outputs
  • Managing projects by actively communicating internally about progress and challenges in project implementation;
  • Other responsibilities that may be assigned by the Head of Programme, Waste & Marine Litter.
  • Contribute to a good and positive working environment


Qualifications and skills

  • Higher education preferably Master's degree
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills. Norwegian is a strong advantage.
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Structured
  • Independent and dedicated to solving the world's environmental problems and promoting sustainability
  • Solution-oriented, attentive and flexible
  • Excellent networking skills


GRID-Arendal will offer

  • A competitive salary based on qualifications and years of experience
  • International working environment linked to the UN Environment Program and Norad (manager of grants in the field of development from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Climate and the Environment
  • Work in one of Europe's leading environmental communication centers, of great social significance.
  • A good working environment with the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary, challenging, creative and ambitious research and information environment.
  • Flexitime scheme, with summer and winter time.
  • Very good pension schemes and employee benefits


Deadline for applications: 31 Januar 2022

Starting date: 1 March 2022 or ASAP


Application should include a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae. Please send your application by email to: Hr@grida.no and mark in the subject “Project Manager, Polar and Climate”.


For more information, please contact

Head of Program Tina Shoolmeester tina.schoolmeester@grida.no

Chief Culture Officer Anette Sørensen anette.sorensen@grida.no


Starting date: 2022-03-01

Position type: Permanent

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