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Project Officer, Monitoring and Assessment

Applications are invited for the position of Project Officer Monitoring and Assessment at the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, the secretariat of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation (the Danish, Dutch, German cooperation at government level for the protection of the Wadden Sea, TWSC) and the coordinating hub for the Wadden Sea World Heritage. The Secretariat is located in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The working language is English.

The project officer plays a central role in the coordination of the trilateral Monitoring and Assessment Programme (TMAP), the shared monitoring programme of the three Wadden Sea States, and the Wadden Sea Quality Status Report, as cornerstones of the TWSC and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

CWSS is seeking to recruit, as soon as possible, a temporary position as a full-time substitution until February 29, 2028.


Your responsibilities

  • Coordination, further development, and management of TMAP and facilitation of the Expert Group Monitoring and Assessment.
  • Coordination and further development of sound trilateral data handling including facilitation of the Expert Group Data.
  • Oversee the data provision/access as basis for Wadden Sea Quality Status Reports (QSR), further trilateral reporting and for external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and oversee the regular QSR Thematic Reports and Synthesis production.
  • Act as trilateral focal point for monitoring and assessment.
  • Enhance the accessibility and visibility of TMAP to scientific users, partners, stakeholders, and the broader public. e.g., by integrating geographical information systems, new techniques, and recording methods.
  • Further develop and maintain the trilateral Alien Species digital Platform.
  • Ensure exchange between trilateral groups and with the scientific community on monitoring and assessment and relevant projects.


Your profile

  • University degree (master) in relevant field (e.g. ecology, marine biology, conservation, environmental science) or corresponding education.
  • Minimum of three years relevant professional experience on a national or international level, including in the fields of environmental monitoring and assessment, data handling, GIS and -preferably- nature conservation.
  • Awareness and understanding of monitoring, data and information requirements of the main TWSC partners would be an asset.
  • Experience in database management and understanding of data infrastructure.
  • Basic understanding of the work carried out at CWSS and of the mission of TWSC and safeguarding the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Wadden Sea World Heritage.
  • Excellent social and process management skills and flexibility and ability to support staff members where necessary.
  • Capacity to work in a team and work with stakeholders in a multicultural and multilingual environment.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent standard of spoken and written English as well as preferably one of the three languages: Danish, Dutch, or German.
  • Ability to draft concisely and towards tight deadlines is essential.


Our offer

  • An attractive remuneration package.
  • Flexible working hours, good balance of remote work and presence in Wilhelmshaven.
  • A motivated team of skilled experts with a high degree of collaboration.
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and advance your career in international nature conservation.


Terms of appointment

Based on the German Collective agreement for Civil Service Employees (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst, TVöD), depending on qualification and experience comparable up to level 13.

This is a temporary position as a full-time substitution until February 29, 2028.



Candidates with the required expertise and qualifications are invited to submit their application (CV and a motivation letter in a single pdf file) via e-mail to the Head of the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, Sascha Klöpper ( Please use “Project Officer” as the subject of your email.

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2024 with interviews to take place in the first half of May 2024.

For further information on the job description, you may contact Bettina Oleksik via email or by phone +49 (0)4421-910817.


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