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Arctic Expert

GRID-Arendal’s Polar and Climate Programme is seeking a dynamic and committed expert with solid experience in the Arctic. GRID-Arendal ( is focussing its Arctic strategy on addressing new environmental and socio-economic challenges such as marine litter and waste, responsible use of resources, and impact and adaptation to natural hazards, including climate change. It supports the priorities of the Arctic Council, and supports Indigenous Peoples and local communities´ interests and cultures. As UN Environment Programme’s Key Polar Centre, GRID-Arendal aims at linking polar and global issues and at strengthening the role of UN Environment in polar environments.

As part of a small team within GRID-Arendal, you will be expected to provide expertise in one or more thematic areas, which could include the impacts of climate change, pollution, marine litter, waste management, community-based initiatives, spatial planning, or other environment-related themes.

The position will require flexibility to take on existing projects and tasks within the programme, while also seeking and developing new opportunities for GRID-Arendal, utilising your existing network and developing new networks where needed. The position includes travel. This is a fulltime position based in Arendal, Norway.

Main activities

  • Lead and support your colleagues to develop new projects in line with your expertise and GRID-Arendal’s strategic plan;
  • Project management, implementation, and results documentation
  • Environmental assessment work;
  • Communications work including press releases, communication and dissemination activities;
  • Organise workshops, meetings, capacity building and stakeholder engagement sessions;
  • Strategic cooperation with partners, networking;
  • Represent and promote the program at different national and international fora.

Preferred professional qualifications

  • MSc or higher degree in environmental science or a related field;
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional experience with the Arctic environment;
  • Experience related to marine litter and waste, sustainable resource management and/or the impacts of climate change will be an advantage;
  • Excellent networking skills and an in-depth knowledge of the Arctic region´s stakeholders and sensitivities is a must;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Experience with assessments, capacity building and awareness raising activities
  • Excellent English is essential, other relevant languages (especially Norwegian and Russian) are a strong asset;
  • High level of flexibility and adaptability to take up different tasks and responsibilities;
  • Experience in working with the United Nations system (especially UN Environment), Arctic Council and its working groups, and other international organizations is an advantage;
  • Experience with project management is an advantage.

Preferred personal qualifications

  • Excellent team player and ability to work independently;
  • Well-organized, efficient and thorough, flexible, and adaptable;
  • Creative and willing to take initiative;
  • Ability to carry out multiple tasks, at times under pressing deadlines;
  • Methodical and able to pay attention to detail;
  •  Ability to work with/understand international cultures.


GRID-Arendal’s salary system is linked to the Norwegian Government salary system. It is based on education and experience. Salaries are subject to Norwegian tax regulations. Insurance and personal benefits are provided in addition to salary.

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2019

Starting date: as soon as possible

Application should include a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae. Please send your application by email to: and mark in the subject “Arctic Expert”, by close of business on 31 July, 2019.

For more information, please contact Peter Harris, tel +47 476 30 434 or Tina Schoolmeester, tel +47 902 49 674

Position type: Permanent

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