Job Opening

Posting Title: PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER (Mining Geologist), P4
Department/Office: International Seabed Authority
Duty Station: KINGSTON
Posting Period: 24 January 2020 - 27 March 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Programme Management-ISA-129966-R-Kingston (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The International Seabed Authority (ISA), an International Organization established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, whose Headquarters is in Kingston, Jamaica, seeks a full-time Mining Geologist (Programme Management Officer) to work in its Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources (OEMMR).

The OEMMR is one of four Offices in the ISA. It provides scientific and technical input into the development and implementation of the rules, regulations and procedures for the conduct of activities in the Area. It also coordinates the collection, analysis and dissemination of geological, biological, environmental and technological data and information on the Area and its resources, including through the development and maintenance of the Authority’s global database. It supports the development and implementation of regional environmental management plans, environmental impact assessment and environmental monitoring, and the development of environmental standards and guidelines. It also supports ISA’s work to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area by developing collaborations with member States and international organizations, and disseminating the results of scientific research and analysis.

The incumbent will report to the Director of the OEMMR, and the incumbent provides scientific and technical expertise to the Authority in the field of mining geology on the development of mineral resources in the Area in accordance with the UNCLOS and its implementation Agreement on Part XI (the seabed mining provisions).


The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties in the field of mining geology related with the sustainable development of mineral resources in the Area:

1.Review and prepare technical summaries of the applications for approval of plans of work for exploration and exploitation of the mineral resources in the International Seabed Area, in accordance with Part XI of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea and the Implementing Agreement;

2.Provide scientific and technical support in the field of mining geology in the review of Contractor’s annual report of their activities in the areas of marine mineral exploration, mining technologies and processing technologies; and contribute to the preparation of summary reports to the Legal and Technical Commission of the Authority;

3.Provide technical expertise in the field of mining geology, including geological, geochemical and geotechnical inputs on resources and geo-environmental aspects, in drafting, and facilitating the adoption of, rules, regulations and procedures for the conduct of exploration and exploitation activities in the Area;

4.Service meetings of the organs and subsidiary bodies of the Authority relating to mineral resources assessment/development and other geological issues, including the preparation of background/meeting documents and reports,;

5.Evaluate and update the Authority’s database on all stages of mineral resource development in the Area, in particular polymetallic nodule, cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts and polymetallic sulphides;

6.Undertake research and prepare in-house information seminars, fact sheets, technical reports, policy briefs or other ISA publications, on resource assessments as well as trends and developments relating to deep seabed mining activities and technologies, including regular analysis of world metal market conditions and metal prices, trends and prospects;

7.Perform scientific evaluations of historical data and new data acquisition to support the work of the Authority, and its Organs;

8.Contribute to workshops, conferences and expert meetings in the field of resources assessment and mining geology, and prepare proceedings and summaries of meeting discussions and provide inputs to relevant communication materials;

9.Any other duties as assigned by the Secretary – General of the ISA and the Director of OEMMR.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter in the area of marine geology, mining geology, marine mineral exploration and resource development; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Ability to develop strategies and empower others to accomplish objectives and solve problems.

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Marine Geology, Mining Geology, Mining Engineering, Economic Geology, Mineral Economics and Resource Administration; or related fields is required.

A doctorate degree in Marine Geology, Mining Geology, Mining Engineering, Economic Geology, Mineral Economics or Resource Administration is an advantage.

A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of professional working experience in marine geology and resource development is required.
Broad knowledge of techniques for data and information management in support of mineral resource assessments; and proven ability to produce projects, reports and papers on technical issues related to marine mineral resources is required.
Gathering, sorting and processing of associated data and information; experience and ability in scientific editing and mapping is required.
At-sea experience, and experience in the administration of technical projects is required.
Knowledge of computer systems and use of database software for handling, interpretation and statistical analyses and interpretation of geological data is desirable.
Experience in all stages of exploration, mineral resource and ore reserve estimation, feasibility, development, mine operations and closure, including estimates of ore reserves, project capital/operating costs and mine profitability is desirable.
Experience in academic research on relevant aspects of marine geology and resource development is an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the Authority. Fluency in written and oral English is required. Exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills is desirable. Knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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