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Finance Coordinator DRC (m/f/d)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 23:00

 

For our office in Goma, DRC, the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. International Assistance, is looking for a


Finance Coordinator DRC


1 Year Contract (with possible extension)
 

Background
Johanniter has been active in DRC since 1995, with a focus on North Kivu since 2008. The overall objective of Johanniter International Assistance’s Program in North Kivu, DRC, is to reduce mortality and morbidity by improving the health conditions and reducing vulnerability of IDPs and host population. Johanniter’s interventions aim to improve, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health , the provision of and access to quality primary health care and to support the improved nutrition status of children under five, pregnant and lactating women and other vulnerable people (such as elderly people, people with disability, people living with HIV/AIDS, and survivors of SGBV). Furthermore, the improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene is part of Johanniter’s DRC programme.

What you will do:

  • You will be accountable for all finance matters related to the Johanniter programs in DR Congo under direct supervision of the Head of Mission.
  • You will ensure that Johanniter’s internal guideline and financial procedures as well as Government and donor financial regulations are complied with and audit recommendations implemented.
  • You will complete monthly field accounts and prepare financial reports for donors and Head Quarter
  • It will be your task to manage bank accounts, money transfers and maintain a good cash flow
  • It will be your responsibility to prepare overhead and project budgets, budget revisions and extensions
  • Part of your job will be to ensure compliance with Johanniter’s procurement procedures, Government and donor requirements.   
  • You will supervise and train the team of Finance Assistants and support staff


What you bring:

  • University Degree in Business Administration / Accountancy or equivalent degree OR relevant work experience in a similar position
  • At least 3 years of experience in accounting, financial management in the field of humanitarian aid / development cooperation
  • Experience in working with public donors
  • Ability to write reports and work instructions
  • Working experience in DRC is a plus
  • Proficient user of accountancy and financial software
  • Excellent reporting and computer skills
  • Fluency in English and French with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of German is a plus
  • Cultural sensitivity and team competence
  • Sense of delegation and commitment to local capacity building


What we offer:

  • Fixed term contract for 1 year (possible extension)
  • Remuneration: between 42,474 € and 44,710 € annual gross salary (internal tariff and relevant previous experience).
  • Benefits: Social security provisions (lump sum 375€/month for expats not falling under German social security); rental contribution of 300 €/month; international insurance package; 29 days annual paid leave; yearly home flight (for contracts > 1 year); per diems (for international postings) for days in project country (currently 56€/day)


You will find more details about the position here.
    
Please note that this position is unaccompanied.

If this is what you are looking for please submit your application to staff@johanniter.de (cover letter, CV, reference contacts of 3 former supervisors), and earliest start date. Only complete applications are considered.

Deadline for applications: 05 December 2019.

Interviews are planned for 11 -13 December 2019.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Johanniter requires background checks (criminal record, reference checks) to protect the vulnerable and prevent abuse.  

Due to the urgency to fill this position, we will start shortlisting before the closing date. Information regarding the privacy policy for Applications: http://www.johanniter.de/index.php?id=240952

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Administrative assistant in Brussels (m/f/d)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 23:00

 

 

 

 

Particip GmbH ist ein weltweit tätiges Unternehmen im Bereich Projektmanagement und Beratung mit Schwerpunkt in der internationalen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Aufgrund unseres stetigen Wachstums suchen wir für unser „Team Green“, das überwiegend in den Bereichen Umwelt und Bildung tätig ist, ab ca. Januar 2020 eine Administrative Assistenz (m/w/d) für den Standort Brüssel.


Administrative assistant in Brussels


100% – 4-year contract on a freelance basis – starting as soon as possible and latest 15 January 2020


Your tasks

  • Financial project monitoring
  • Supporting document management and updating the management information system
  • Preparing and compiling administrative documents
  • Preparing and checking invoices and travel claims
  • Supporting travel arrangements and other logistics
  • Supporting the organisation of workshops, events, discussions etc.
  • Editing, formatting and proofreading documents and reports in English and French
  • Supporting communication with experts, partners and clients in English and French


Your profile

  • Training and/or experience in office management, as a multilingual assistant or similar (preferably 2 years professional experience)
  • Professional and sophisticated communication style
  • Proficient written and spoken English and French (C2 in the Common European Framework)
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Organisational talent


What we offer

  • On-the-job training in all tasks for several weeks in Freiburg/Germany
  • Work in the international development cooperation business close with the European Commission
  • Work in a prestigious EU project
  • Position based in Brussels near the European Commission


Please send your application (cover letter and CV in English, as well as academic and professional supporting documentation) by 15.12.2019 to:

Martin Gayer: martin.gayer@particip.de
Subject „Assistance Brussels“

Incoming applications will be screened on a running basis and the position may be filled before the closing date.

For further information about Particip please visit: www.particip.de

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Finance and Operations Officer (m/f/d) (Palestine)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 23:00

Finance and Operations Officer


Barenboim Said Center for Music Ramallah, Palestine

The Barenboim-Said Center for Music in Ramallah is open to Palestinian children and young adults regardless of their social or economic background. The Center offers the highest level of music education and has an eight-year curriculum that enables students to continue their classical music studies at the highest level. The Center enrolls approximately 140 students and is looking to grow as important contributor to Palestinian culture and society. Since we intend to further expand our activities, we are seeking to employ an experienced Finance and Operations Officer at the earliest possible opportunity.


For more Information: https://www.barenboim-said.ps/ 


POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for budgeting and budget oversight of the Center’s finances and financial obligations.
  • Responsible for the implementation of accounting standards, proper financial reports, tax declarations and all financial dealings of the Center in accordance with the lawyer, the auditor, the Center’s Executive and Artistic Director, as well as other service providers in this area.
  • Responsible for the implementation of day to day operations in cooperation with and based on the program decisions of the Artistic and Executive Director.
  • Responsible for the full implementation of the laws and of the internal compliance rules of the organization to the full extent of the law and the bylaws of the Center.
  • Responsible for the financial and program evaluation reporting to the Executive Director, to the local Board and to the external partners in Germany, Spain and any other countries in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for proactively alerting Center superiors about any dangers or problematic financial developments in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for Human Resources administration including the administration of files and correct payments of remunerations and taxes (payroll).
  • Responsible for proper documentation and maintenance of orderly files on all relevant business operations of the organization.
  • Responsible for the aggregation and providing relevant financial data, budget information, and other requests required by various grant application processes.


REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Professional proficiency in English (written and oral) is required
  • Professional proficiency of Arabic (written and oral) highly desirable
  • A degree in business administration with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience in finance management.
  • Must be reliable, trustworthy, and dedicated to proper the stewardship of the Center’s of the finances.
  • Must be an experienced and proactive hands-on manager accustomed to working with people different backgrounds.
  • All applicants must be able to meet attendance requirements. This is a year-round position that requires daily attendance at the Center in Ramallah, Palestine.
  • Knowledge of standard office productivity and communications software (Microsoft Excel, Word, Office Suite)
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Must be legally able to work in the Palestinian Territories
  • This position is ideal for those candidates interested in making in difference in Palestine and working with young people who love and live music.


Please send your CV, a cover letter in English, and any salary requirements to the following e-mail address: Application@Daniel-Barenboim-Stiftung.org


Disclaimer: The Barenboim-said Center for Music is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other protected category.


Application deadline is December 15th, 2019

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Projektleitung (m/w/d) Themenpartnerschaften und internationaler Fachaustausch (Bonn)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 23:00

ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL ist Partnerin für entwicklungspolitisches Engagement. Wir vereinen unter einem Dach verschiedene Förderprogramme sowie zahlreiche Projekte, Initiativen und Angebote für ein gerechtes und nachhaltiges globales Miteinander. Dabei arbeiten wir insbesondere mit der Zivilgesellschaft, mit Kommunen und mit Schulen zusammen. Engagement Global ist im Auftrag der Bundesregierung tätig und wird vom Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung finanziert.

Für unsere Abteilung Themenpartnerschaften und internationaler Fachaustausch komunal des Fachbereichs Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt am Standort Bonn eine


Projektleitung


Ausschreibungsnummer: 234/2019

 
Die Teilzeitstelle mit 27 Wochenstunden ist zunächst befristet bis zum 31.10.2021 zu besetzen. Bei Erfüllung der personen- und tätigkeitsbezogenen tariflichen Voraussetzungen erfolgt eine Eingruppierung in die Entgeltgruppe 13 TVöD.

Die Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt ist das Kompetenz- und Servicezentrum für kommunale Entwicklungspolitik. Sie informiert, berät, qualifiziert, vernetzt und fördert Kommunen aus Deutschland, die sich entwicklungspolitisch engagieren. Zentrale Handlungsfelder sind dabei Fairer Handel und Faire Beschaffung, Migration und Entwicklung, kommunale Partnerschaften, Global Nachhaltige Kommune sowie kommunale Förderung und Mobilisierung.


Ihre Aufgaben:

  • Gesamtsteuerung sowie konzeptionelle und strategische Weiterentwicklung des Projektes Internationale Städteplattform für nachhaltige Entwicklung - Connective Cities
  • Konzeption, Durchführung und Evaluierung von Aktivitäten des internationalen Fachaustauschs zu Themen nachhaltiger Stadtentwicklung wie zum Beispiel Workshops oder Fachinformationsreisen
  • Akquise und fachliche Beratung der am Projekt teilnehmenden Akteurinnen und Akteure aus Kommunalverwaltungen und kommunalen Unternehmen im In- und Ausland
  • Beratung zum Aufbau und zur Gestaltung von internationalem Fachaustausch zwischen deutschen und internationalen Kommunen
  • Pflege und Weiterentwicklung der gemeinschaftlichen Projektumsetzung in Kooperationen mit der Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) und dem Deutschen Städtetag
  • Koordination der Beiträge unterschiedlicher Kooperationspartner im Projekt im In- und Ausland
  • regelmäßige Abstimmung sowie Zusammenarbeit mit anderen SKEW-Projekten im Handlungsfeld Kommunale Partnerschaften  
  • Mitwirkung bei der Planung und Gesamtsteuerung des Jahresbudgets des Projekts
  • mitverantwortliche Beteiligung an der Erstellung von Zuwendungsanträgen, Zwischen- und Verwendungsnachweisen unter Einhaltung der Bewirtschaftungsvorschriften und -richtlinien (insbesondere Zuwendungsrecht und Vergaberecht)
  • inhaltliche Teilarbeiten bei abteilungs- und bereichsübergreifenden Aufgaben


Ihr Profil:

  • abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium (Masterniveau) in einem für das Tätigkeitsfeld relevanten Gebiet (z.B. Stadtentwicklung, Raumplanung) oder gleichwertige Fähigkeiten und Erfahrungen
  • mehrjährige Berufserfahrung in der Entwicklungs- oder der internationalen Zusammenarbeit sowie im Themenfeld Stadtentwicklung, vorzugsweise auf kommunaler Ebene
  • mehrjährige Projektmanagement-Erfahrung im entwicklungs- und umweltpolitischen Umfeld
  • Fachkenntnisse auf Gebieten der kommunalen Daseinsfürsorge, der Stadtentwicklung und Raumplanung
  • Kenntnisse von Instrumenten zur Wirkungsmessung bei Projekten der internationalen Zusammenarbeit
  • sehr gute Moderations- und Beratungskompetenz,
  • sehr gute mündliche und schriftliche Kommunikations- und Ausdrucksfähigkeit
  • sehr gute Kenntnisse der englischen Sprache in Wort und Schrift, weitere Sprachkenntnisse sind von Vorteil
  • gute Kenntnisse der MS-Office-Programme
  • teamorientierte, sorgfältige und gewissenhafte Arbeitsweise, Flexibilität und Belastbarkeit


Wir bieten:

  • eine abwechslungsreiche und verantwortungsvolle Aufgabe in einem teamorientierten Arbeitsumfeld
  • berufliche Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten
  • attraktive Sozialleistungen
  • Möglichkeit zum Erwerb eines Jobtickets
  • flexible Arbeitszeitmodelle
  • wir fördern eine familienbewusste Personalpolitik zur besseren Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie und sind zertifiziert nach dem audit berufundfamilie


Wir begrüßen Bewerbungen von Menschen aller Nationalitäten. Bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung werden Menschen mit Behinderung nach Maßgabe des §2 des Sozialgesetzbuches IX bevorzugt berücksichtigt.


Haben wir Ihr Interesse geweckt? Dann freuen wir uns über Ihre Bewerbung unter Angabe der Ausschreibungsnummer 234/2019 bis zum 02.12.2019. Externe Neueinstellungen erfolgen zunächst grundsätzlich sachgrundlos befristet.


Bitte bewerben Sie sich ausschließlich über das Online-Portal INTERAMT (www.interamt.de) unter der jeweiligen Stellenausschreibungsnummer von ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL. Nach Ihrer Registrierung bei INTERAMT können Sie über den Button Online bewerben in der jeweiligen Stellenausschreibung Ihre Bewerbung (Anschreiben, Lebenslauf, Zeugnisse) abschicken. Bitte sehen Sie von Bewerbungen per E-Mail oder auf dem Postweg ab.

Die im Rahmen Ihrer Bewerbung mitgeteilten personenbezogenen Daten werden auf der Grundlage § 26 Abs. 1 Bundesdatenschutzgesetzes bei Engagement Global verarbeitet.

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Berater/in für Ernährungssicherung und agrarökologische Landwirtschaft in Afrika (100%) (Berlin)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 23:00

Wir suchen zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt im Präsidialbereich Brot für die Welt / Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Abteilung Afrika des Evangelischen Werkes für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V. in Berlin eine*n


Berater*in für Ernährungssicherung und agrarökologische Landwirtschaft in Afrika (100%)


Ausschreibungsziffer 1460, Ordnungsnummer BI 1.0 OG
befristet für 2 Jahre

Die Abteilung Afrika und ihre regionalen Referate sind für die Förderung von Projekten und Programmen im Rahmen der finanziellen und personellen Förderung zuständig. Hinzu kommt fachliche Beratung von lokalen Partnerorganisationen und regionalspezifische Lobby- und Advocacyarbeit. Die Mitarbeitenden der Abteilung Afrika fördern ca. 170 Projekte und Programme der Ernährungssicherung.

Der/die Berater*in berät Partnerorganisationen von Brot für die Welt im Bereich Ernährungssicherung und Anpassung an den Klimawandel (bezüglich Landwirtschaft). Ziel der Beratung ist es insbesondere, afrikanische Kleinbauernorganisationen in agrarökologischen Methoden zu qualifizieren und bei politischen und sozialen Veränderungsprozessen zu begleiten. Die Stelle dient gleichzeitig dazu, die Mitarbeitenden der Abteilung Afrika in die Lage zu versetzen, mit den Partnerorganisationen einen kompetenten Dialog im Bereich Ernährungssicherung unter Nutzung agrarökologischer und klimaresilienter Ansätze zu führen.


Das Aufgabengebiet umfasst:

  • fachliche und methodische Beratung von Partnerorganisationen und lokalen Berater*nnen in Afrika und Qualifizierung zu den Themenfeldern Ernährungssicherung und -souveränität sowie Anpassung der Landwirtschaft an den Klimawandel (einschließlich Beratung zu nachhaltiger agrarökologischer Produktionssteigerung, marktgerechter Produktion, Vermarktung und Weiterverarbeitung von landwirtschaftlichen Produkten)
  • Unterstützung bei der Vernetzung von Partnerorganisationen untereinander und mit anderen Organisationen / Netzwerken sowie wissenschaftlichen Institutionen auf nationaler und internationaler Ebene für den fachlichen und Erfahrungsaustausch
  • Beratung und Qualifizierung der Arbeit von Mitarbeitenden der Afrikaabteilung von BfdW für den partnerschaftlichen fachlichen Dialog
  • Mitarbeit bei der politischen Arbeit von BfdW zu Fragen von Ernährungssicherung und Landwirtschaft mit Fokus auf Afrika sowie Unterstützung der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit


Sie erfüllen folgende Voraussetzungen:

  • erfolgreich abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium oder vergleichbare Qualifikation in Agrarwissenschaften mit sehr guten Kenntnissen in agrarökologischen Methoden
  • mehrjährige landwirtschafts- und entwicklungsbezogene Berufserfahrung mit längeren Arbeitsaufenthalten in Afrika
  • ausgewiesene Erfahrung in der Beratung von Gruppen und in Prozessen, Sensibilität im Dialog mit Partnerorganisationen und Erfahrungen in der Durchführung von Schulungen / Workshops
  • Erfahrungen in Methoden des Wissensmanagements; Kenntnisse von IT-basierten Wissensmanagement sind von Vorteil
  • sehr gute Sprachkenntnisse in Deutsch, Französisch und Englisch notwendig, Portugiesisch wünschenswert
  • Genderkompetenz
  • Tropentauglichkeit und Bereitschaft zu Auslandsdienstreisen


Wir bieten Ihnen:

  • flexible Arbeitszeiten und familienfreundliche Arbeitsbedingungen
  • betriebliche Altersvorsorge
  • Möglichkeiten zur Weiterbildung
  • tariflicher Urlaub von 30 Tagen und Sonderurlaubsmodelle
  • gute Anbindung an den öffentlichen Nahverkehr und eigene Fahrradgarage


Für Rückfragen steht Ihnen die Referatsleiterin Frau Heide Wegat (Tel.: 030 / 65211-1201) gerne zur Verfügung. Fragen zum Bewerbungsverfahren beantwortet Ihnen gerne Frau Corinna Schlagloth aus der Personalabteilung (Tel.: 030 / 65211-1565).

Vielfalt ist uns wichtig. Wir freuen uns über Bewerbungen von Menschen ungeachtet ihrer ethnischen, nationalen oder sozialen Herkunft, des Geschlechts, einer Behinderung, des Alters oder ihrer sexuellen Identität.

Die Mitgliedschaft in einer evangelischen oder der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in Deutschland (ACK) angehörenden Kirchen ist uns wichtig. Bitte geben Sie Ihre Religions- und Konfessionszugehörigkeit bei der Bewerbung an.

Die Vergütung erfolgt in Anlehnung an den TVöD, Entgeltgruppe 13, nach der Dienstvertragsordnung der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (DVO.EKD).

Bitte bewerben Sie sich bis zum 8. Dezember 2019 unter folgendem Link:
https://ewde.hr4you.org/job/view/506


Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V. – Abteilung Personal
Caroline-Michaelis-Straße 1, 10115 Berlin – Mitte



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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day

UN ECOSOC - 19. November 2019 - 22:28
A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.
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10,87 Milliarden Euro für wirtschaftliche Zusammen­arbeit und Entwicklung

#Bundestag - 19. November 2019 - 20:07
Über den Etatvorschlag der Bundesregierung für das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (Einzelplan 30), der im Regierungsentwurf für den Haushalt 2020 (19/11800, 19/11802, 19/13800, 19/13801) enthalten ist, berät der Bundestag abschließend am Mittwoch, 27. November 2019, 90 Minuten lang. Bundesminister Dr. Gerd Müller (CSU) soll dem um die finanziellen Mittel zur Umsetzung des Klimaschutzprogramms 2030 ergänzten Entwurf zufolge im kommenden Jahr 10,87 Milliarden Euro (2019: 10,25 Milliarden Euro) ausgeben dürfen. Mit geplanten Investitionen in Höhe von 7,41 Milliarden Euro ist der Einzelplan 30 der zweitgrößte Investitionshaushalt des Bundes. Für die Abstimmung über Einzelplan 30 hat der Haushaltsausschuss eine Beschlussempfehlung (19/13920, 19/13924) vorgelegt. Beiträge an multilaterale Entwicklungsbanken Gesamtausgaben in Höhe von 2,16 Milliarden Euro (2019: 2,04 Milliarden Euro) sieht der Etat von Minister Müller im Kapital: „Europäische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Beiträge an die Vereinten Nationen sowie andere internationale Einrichtungen“ vor. Als Beitrag zu den „Europäischen Entwicklungsfonds“ der Europäischen Union sind 967,01 Millionen Euro eingeplant (2019: eine Milliarde Euro). Für „Entwicklungswichtige multilaterale Hilfen zum weltweiten Umweltschutz, zur Erhaltung der Biodiversität und zum Klimaschutz“ sind 614,43 Millionen Euro vorgesehen (2019: 370,63 Millionen Euro). Als Beiträge an die Vereinten Nationen und internationale Nichtregierungsorganisationen (NGOs) sieht der Entwurf 336,87 Millionen Euro vor – ebenso viel, wie für 2019 eingeplant ist. 1,01 Milliarden Euro (2019: 938,38 Millionen Euro) sind dem Etatentwurf zufolge als „Beiträge an multilaterale Entwicklungsbanken“ eingeplant. Darunter finden sich „Zahlungen an Einrichtungen der Weltbankgruppe“ in Höhe von 681,24 Millionen Euro (2019: 700,16 Millionen Euro). Insgesamt sieht der Haushaltsentwurf der Bundesregierung für 2020 in der durch den Haushaltsausschuss geänderten Fassung Gesamtausgaben in Höhe von 362 Milliarden Euro vor (2019: 356,4 Milliarden Euro). (hau/18.11.2019)

OECD-Leitfaden für die Erfüllung der Sorgfaltspflicht zur Förderung verantwortungsvoller Lieferketten für Minerale aus Konflikt- und Hochrisikogebieten: Dritte Ausgabe

Weblinks - 19. November 2019 - 20:05

Comments:

  • Der jetzt auf Deutsch erschienene „OECD-Leitfaden für die Erfüllung der Sorgfaltspflicht zur Förderung verantwortungsvoller Lieferketten für Minerale aus Konflikt- und Hochrisikogebieten“ enthält offiziell unterstützte Empfehlungen, mit denen Firmen Schritt für Schritt zu einem verantwortungsvollen globalen Lieferkettenmanagement angeleitet werden. Diese helfen dabei, Menschenrechte zu achten und durch Entscheidungen und Praktiken beim Einkauf von Mineralien oder Metallen keinen Beitrag zu Konflikten zu leisten. - Karsten Weitzenegger

Tags: oecd, lieferketten, wertschöpfungsketten, rohstoffe, unternehmen, CSR

by: Karsten Weitzenegger

Are We Currently in a “Mass Extinction” Period on Earth?

UN Dispatch - 19. November 2019 - 18:32

Ed note. This article originally appeared in The Conversation and is republished with permission.

For more than 3.5 billion years, living organisms have thrived, multiplied and diversified to occupy every ecosystem on Earth. The flip side to this explosion of new species is that species extinctions have also always been part of the evolutionary life cycle.

But these two processes are not always in step. When the loss of species rapidly outpaces the formation of new species, this balance can be tipped enough to elicit what are known as “mass extinction” events.

A mass extinction is usually defined as a loss of about three quarters of all species in existence across the entire Earth over a “short” geological period of time. Given the vast amount of time since life first evolved on the planet, “short” is defined as anything less than 2.8 million years.

Since at least the Cambrian period that began around 540 million years ago when the diversity of life first exploded into a vast array of forms, only five extinction events have definitively met these mass-extinction criteria.

These so-called “Big Five” have become part of the scientific benchmark to determine whether human beings have today created the conditions for a sixth mass extinction.

An ammonite fossil found on the Jurassic Coast in Devon. The fossil record can help us estimate prehistoric extinction rates.
Corey Bradshaw, Author provided The Big Five

These five mass extinctions have happened on average every 100 million years or so since the Cambrian, although there is no detectable pattern in their particular timing. Each event itself lasted between 50 thousand and 2.76 million years. The first mass extinction happened at the end of the Ordovician period about 443 million years ago and wiped out over 85% of all species.

The Ordovician event seems to have been the result of two climate phenomena. First, a planetary-scale period of glaciation (a global-scale “ice age”), then a rapid warming period.

The second mass extinction occurred during the Late Devonian period around 374 million years ago. This affected around 75% of all species, most of which were bottom-dwelling invertebrates in tropical seas at that time.

This period in Earth’s past was characterised by high variation in sea levels, and rapidly alternating conditions of global cooling and warming. It was also the time when plants were starting to take over dry land, and there was a drop in global CO2 concentration; all this was accompanied by soil transformation and periods of low oxygen.

To establish a ‘mass extinction’, we first need to know what a normal rate of species loss is.
from www.shutterstock.com

The third and most devastating of the Big Five occurred at the end of the Permian period around 250 million years ago. This wiped out more than 95% of all species in existence at the time.

Some of the suggested causes include an asteroid impact that filled the air with pulverised particle, creating unfavourable climate conditions for many species. These could have blocked the sun and generated intense acid rains. Some other possible causes are still debated, such as massive volcanic activity in what is today Siberia, increasing ocean toxicity caused by an increase in atmospheric CO₂, or the spread of oxygen-poor water in the deep ocean.

Fifty million years after the great Permian extinction, about 80% of the world’s species again went extinct during the Triassic event. This was possibly caused by some colossal geological activity in what is today the Atlantic Ocean that would have elevated atmospheric CO₂ concentrations, increased global temperatures, and acidified oceans.

The last and probably most well-known of the mass-extinction events happened during the Cretaceous period, when an estimated 76% of all species went extinct, including the non-avian dinosaurs. The demise of the dinosaur super predators gave mammals a new opportunity to diversify and occupy new habitats, from which human beings eventually evolved.

The most likely cause of the Cretaceous mass extinction was an extraterrestrial impact in the Yucatán of modern-day Mexico, a massive volcanic eruption in the Deccan Province of modern-day west-central India, or both in combination.

The Conversation, CC BY-ND Is today’s biodiversity crisis a sixth mass extinction?

The Earth is currently experiencing an extinction crisis largely due to the exploitation of the planet by people. But whether this constitutes a sixth mass extinction depends on whether today’s extinction rate is greater than the “normal” or “background” rate that occurs between mass extinctions.

This background rate indicates how fast species would be expected to disappear in absence of human endeavour, and it’s mostly measured using the fossil record to count how many species died out between mass extinction events.

The Christmas Island Pipistrelle was announced to be extinct in 2009, years after conservationists raised concerns about its future.
Lindy Lumsden

The most accepted background rate estimated from the fossil record gives an average lifespan of about one million years for a species, or one species extinction per million species-years. But this estimated rate is highly uncertain, ranging between 0.1 and 2.0 extinctions per million species-years. Whether we are now indeed in a sixth mass extinction depends to some extent on the true value of this rate. Otherwise, it’s difficult to compare Earth’s situation today with the past.

In contrast to the the Big Five, today’s species losses are driven by a mix of direct and indirect human activities, such as the destruction and fragmentation of habitats, direct exploitation like fishing and hunting, chemical pollution, invasive species, and human-caused global warming.

If we use the same approach to estimate today’s extinctions per million species-years, we come up with a rate that is between ten and 10,000 times higher than the background rate.

Even considering a conservative background rate of two extinctions per million species-years, the number of species that have gone extinct in the last century would have otherwise taken between 800 and 10,000 years to disappear if they were merely succumbing to the expected extinctions that happen at random. This alone supports the notion that the Earth is at least experiencing many more extinctions than expected from the background rate.

An endangered Indian wild dog, or Dhole. Before extinction comes a period of dwindling numbers and spread.
from www.shutterstock.com

It would likely take several millions of years of normal evolutionary diversification to “restore” the Earth’s species to what they were prior to human beings rapidly changing the planet. Among land vertebrates (species with an internal skeleton), 322 species have been recorded going extinct since the year 1500, or about 1.2 species going extinction every two years.

If this doesn’t sound like much, it’s important to remember extinction is always preceded by a loss in population abundance and shrinking distributions. Based on the number of decreasing vertebrate species listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, 32% of all known species across all ecosystems and groups are decreasing in abundance and range. In fact, the Earth has lost about 60% of all vertebrate individuals since 1970.

Australia has one of the worst recent extinction records of any continent, with more than 100 species of vertebrates going extinct since the first people arrived over 50 thousand years ago. And more than 300 animal and 1,000 plant species are now considered threatened with imminent extinction.

Although biologists are still debating how much the current extinction rate exceeds the background rate, even the most conservative estimates reveal an exceptionally rapid loss of biodiversity typical of a mass extinction event.

In fact, some studies show that the interacting conditions experienced today, such as accelerated climate change, changing atmospheric composition caused by human industry, and abnormal ecological stresses arising from human consumption of resources, define a perfect storm for extinctions. All these conditions together indicate that a sixth mass extinction is already well under way.

 

Frédérik Saltré, Research Fellow in Ecology & Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Flinders University and Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology and Models Theme Leader for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Flinders University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The post Are We Currently in a “Mass Extinction” Period on Earth? appeared first on UN Dispatch.

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Investitionen in Afrika werden stärker gefördert

welt-sichten - 19. November 2019 - 18:30
In Afrika wird sich die Bevölkerung Schätzungen zufolge bis 2050 verdoppeln. Damit die Menschen sich nicht auf dem Weg nach Europa machen, will die Bundesregierung die dortige Wirtschaft ankurbeln - mit Hilfe von Privatinvestoren.

COMMUNICATION COORDINATOR INTERNATIONAL NETWORK (MDM) (m/f/d)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 17:33

Médecins du monde (MdM) or Doctors of the World, provides emergency and long-term medical care to the world's most vulnerable people. It also advocates to end health inequities. The network is active in over 70 countries with approximately 320 programs active, in both the developed and developing world.

 

We are currently seeking a communication coordinator to work full time on a one-year contract with the international network of Doctors of the World. This position can be based in the following national offices of our Network: France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium. We offer a unique opportunity to work in a rewarding and challenging work environment with a strong focus on leadership, strategy and community building.

Reporting directly to the co-coordinators of the network, the communication coordinator will closely work with/for the members of the communication community which is composed of communication managers of all 16 chapters of the Médecins du Monde/Doctors of the World Network. The communication coordinator will be closely linked to the Global Voice Steering Group of the Network and be key in developing and implementing multilingual and international communication strategies.

 

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Contribute to the development of strategic outlines for the internal and external communication within the network

  • Assess and analyse tools and mechanisms of internal and external communication
  • Conduct an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of internal and external network communication
  • Coordinate the development of strategic outlines and monitor their implementation within the network
  • Develop communication objectives for 2020
  • Draft the Annual Workplan along with the Communication Community for 2020

2. Lead and facilitate the communications community of the network

  • Organize monthly online meetings and annual face-to-face workshops
  • Ensure information sharing and feedback
  • Report to the Global Voice Steering Group

3. Recommend and coordinate external communication events for the network

  • Identify the human, logistical and financial resources required
  • Coordinate the implementation of external communication events
  • Establish a calendar of external communication events
  • Lead the implementation of a common visual identity and a coherent messaging for the network
  • All activities must be closely coordinated with the communication community

 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES
  • Master degree in communication / journalism / social science
  • At least 10 years experience in a similar position
  • Extensive knowledge on communications tools and strategies
  • At least 5 years experience in an NGO
  • At least 2 years experience in international networks and/or platforms
  DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES

Know how to be

  • Be dynamic, responsive, creative and able to adapt to new situations
  • Leadership, responsibility and autonomy
  • Be versatile and organized
  • Ability to manage priorities and emergencies
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Assertive communication and conflict management skills
  • Have a good sense of humour

Know how

  • Good understanding of how to plan and implement communications strategies
  • Competence in monitoring and evaluation tools for communication activities
  • Proficiency or near native level English (written/oral communication)
  • Excellent command of French and/or Spanish
  • Master a journalist style of writing
  • Synthesize and write messages in an accessible language
  • Proficiency in oral and written presentation techniques
  • Good knowledge of Desktop Publishing tools (DTP) and appropriate word and image processing software, (i.g. Adobe Creative Suite) and video editing
  • Master Indesign, Illustrator & Photoshop/Final Cut or Premiere Pro

 

CONDITIONS
  • Full time contract
  • 1 year with perspective to extend (starting date: 6th of January 2020)
  • Possible location: Spain (Madrid), France (Paris), Netherlands (Amsterdam), UK (London), Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Munich)
  • Competitive renumeration

 

APPLY NOW

Send your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation to: netmdm@medecinsdumonde.ca
Deadline: 6th of December, 2019

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Straubinger Tagblatt: Compact with Africa - Auf dem Weg zum Erfolgsmodell

Presseportal Afrika - 19. November 2019 - 17:23
Straubinger Tagblatt [Newsroom]
Straubing (ots) - Afrika ist weltweit der Kontinent mit den meisten jungen Menschen. Die sind vielfach deutlich ärmer als ihre Altersgenossen beispielsweise in Europa, doch es gibt keinen Grund, dass das so bleiben muss. Wenn dann heimische Firmen ... Lesen Sie hier weiter...

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Research Analyst – Climate Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation (m/f/d) (Berlin)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 17:19

PlanAdapt is looking for an experienced, passionate and creative

Research Analyst – Climate Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation

PlanAdapt is a global network-based organisation with a coordination hub in Berlin, Germany. We provide knowledge services in support of effective, economically just and socially inclusive climate change adaptation (CCA) and climate risk management (CRM) around the world. PlanAdapt’s team approaches complex challenges through transdisciplinary mixed methods and engagement of doers and thinkers across the spheres of science, policy and practice. Our advisors and researchers are specialised in methods and processes to bridge the adaptation science-action gap.

PlanAdapt’s mission is to design and offer effective ways to build skills, competencies and knowledge to adapt to climate change in the Global South. Read more about PlanAdapt here: www.plan-adapt.org

The role is preferably located in Berlin, at least initially, and is optionally part-time or full-time. We are happy to shape the job conditions to suit the needs of both, yourself and PlanAdapt. The salary is in line with the seniority of the appointment. We particularly welcome applications from women and the Global South, as PlanAdapt’s impact is focused on the Global South. The incumbent will report to PlanAdapt’s Managing Director.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Support PlanAdapt’s Management and Key Thematic Specialists to fulfil our mission, further build the vision and help to shape operational procedures
  • Support research activities and writing of research outputs including the development of methods, concepts and approaches in view of effective, economically just and socially inclusive CRM and CCA
  • Project-manage research or advisory service processes, in collaboration with PlanAdapt’s researchers and advisors. That can potentially comprise administrative tasks, drafting of research proposals, organizing research-related events from seminars to international conferences, and contributing to communications and outreach initiatives.
  • Preparation of project documents and proposals for submission to potential donors and funders
  • Support the development of internal knowledge management systems

Preferred qualifications:

  • Proven track record in project management
  • Limited experience in the application of and/ or knowledge in methods, concepts and approaches in at least 2 of the below areas that concern climate risk management and climate change adaptation:
    • Framing the Decision Context, Engaging Stakeholders
    • Assessing, Valuating and Making Sense of Climate Risk
    • Identifying Adaptation Options, Shaping Planning and Business Processes
    • Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning From Adaptation Action
    • Communicating Solutions, Brokering Knowledge, Bridging between Theory and Practice
    • Researching New Frontiers for Effective Implementation
    • Training, Building Capacity, Shaping Mindsets
    • Assessing Financing Options and Mobilising Resources
    • Designing and Delivering Impactful Climate Services
  • Passion, ability and creativity to develop methods, concepts and approaches in view of effective, economically just and socially inclusive CRM and CCA
  • Strong team spirit and passion to establish a new, dynamic organisation on the landscape of climate institutions that helps build skills, competencies and capacities

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or similar degree in relevant disciplines
  • Desirable: work experience in countries in the Global South or work-related exposure
  • Experience in project management, ideally in a research environment
  • An aptitude for improving systems and processes
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Excellent attention to detail, highly entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative, and passion for PlanAdapt’s services and mission
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to formulate and articulate contractual, technical, financial and value points with partners and internal PlanAdapt teams.

Conditions:

Closing date: until position is filled

Start: as soon as possible

Location: preferably Berlin, Germany

Terms: Currently, we can offer up to a one-year contract. There is a prospect of extension subject to performance and funding and we are interested in long-term cooperation.

Other requirements: EU citizen or existing work permit for Germany

To apply, interested persons should send an email, indicating the job title in the subject line, with the following documents to hr@plan-adapt.org:

  • Motivation letter
  • Updated CV
  • Indication of your availability and salary expectations

Please be aware, that we will contact only candidates that are selected for the next stage of the recruitment process.

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Data Scientist (m/w/d) im Bereich Marketing bei SOS-Kinderdorf in München

Talents4Good - 19. November 2019 - 17:18

Der SOS-Kinderdorf e.V. ist ein freier, gemeinnütziger Träger der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe mit 38 Einrichtungen im gesamten Bundesgebiet und ca. 4.300 Mitarbeiter/-innen.

Wir suchen für die Stabsstelle im Ressort Marketing in der Geschäftsstelle in München zum nächstmöglichen Termin eine/-n

Data Scientist (m/w/d) im Bereich Marketing
Vollzeit (38,5 Stunden pro Woche)

Ihre Aufgaben
  • Konzeption und Durchführung von Data Science-Projekten
  • Weiterentwicklung des Self-Service-Reportings
  • selbständige Bearbeitung von Datenanalysen zur Erfolgsmessung und daraus resultierender Handlungsempfehlungen
  • Unterstützung bei Marktforschungsprojekten und Benchmarking
Ihr Profil
  • ein abgeschlossenes Hochschulstudium (Bachelor oder Master) in Mathematik, Informatik, Wirtschaftsinformatik, Betriebswirtschaftslehre oder einem vergleichbaren Fachgebiet
  • mindestens dreijährige Berufserfahrung im Bereich Datenanalyse
  • sehr gute Kenntnisse in Datenanalyse-Tools (z.B. KNIME, RapidMiner) oder Programmiersprachen (z.B. R, Python)
  • gute Kenntnisse in SQL-Programmierung und Datenvisualisierungstools (vorzugsweise Tableau)
  • ergebnisorientierte, selbstständige und eigenverantwortliche Arbeitsweise
Wir bieten Ihnen
  • eine interessante Tätigkeit in einem engagierten und motivierten Team
  • einen Arbeitgeber mit Zielen, für die sich der Einsatz lohnt
  • eine am Öffentlichen Dienst orientierte Vergütung
  • zusätzliche Sozialleistungen
  • eine arbeitgeberfinanzierte betriebliche Altersvorsorge
Wir freuen uns auf Ihre vollständige Bewerbung

SOS-Kinderdorf e.V.
z. Hd. Herrn Scherer
Renatastr. 77
80639 München
personal@sos-kinderdorf.de

Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie sich in Ihrer Bewerbung auf Talents4Good beziehen.

Der Beitrag Data Scientist (m/w/d) im Bereich Marketing bei SOS-Kinderdorf in München erschien zuerst auf Talents4Good.

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Office Manager (Admin, Finance, HR) (m/f/d) (Berlin)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 17:17

PlanAdapt is looking for an experienced, passionate and entrepreneurial

Office Manager (Admin, Finance, HR)

PlanAdapt is a global network-based organisation with a coordination hub in Berlin, Germany. We provide knowledge services in support of effective, economically just and socially inclusive climate change adaptation (CCA) and climate risk management (CRM) around the world. PlanAdapt’s team approaches complex challenges through transdisciplinary mixed methods and engagement of doers and thinkers across the spheres of science, policy and practice. Our advisors and researchers are specialised in methods and processes to bridge the adaptation science-action gap.

PlanAdapt’s mission is to design and offer effective ways to build skills, competencies and knowledge to adapt to climate change in the Global South. Read more about PlanAdapt here: www.plan-adapt.org

The role is preferably located in Berlin, at least initially, and is optionally part-time or full-time. We are happy to shape the job conditions to suit the needs of both, yourself and PlanAdapt. The salary is in line with the seniority of the appointment. We particularly welcome applications from women and the Global South, as PlanAdapt’s impact is focused on the Global South. The incumbent will report to PlanAdapt’s Managing Director.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Develop processes and procedures to manage administrative matters in relation to PlanAdapt’s finances and human resources
  • Support the PlanAdapt management team in the full breadth of administrative tasks to be performed, such as:
    • Finance and accounting (accounts receivable and accounts payable, acting as the interface with tax consultants, legal advisors etc.)
    • Contract management
    • Management of grants by international donors, foundations etc.
    • Establishment and maintenance of human resource management system
    • Selection, establishment and maintenance of project management system
    • Establishment of organizational process flows and procedures
    • Travel management
  • Support PlanAdapt’s Business and Opportunity Developer and PlanAdapt’s key thematic specialists in developing proposals, bids and pitches as well as strategic institutional partnerships with other international actors/ organisations

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in managing administrative matters in relation to finances and human resources
  • Passion, ability and creativity to develop and establish new and effective systems, processes and procedures
  • Strong team spirit and passion to establish a new, dynamic organization in the landscape of climate institutions that helps build skills, competencies and capacities in the Global South

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or similar advanced degree in relevant disciplines
  • Experience in creating and managing effective administrative processes and procedures in small to medium-sized organisations/ companies
  • Fluency in German
  • An aptitude for improving systems and processes
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, and diversity for all aspects of development work
  • Excellent attention to detail, highly entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative, and passion for PlanAdapt’s services and mission
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to formulate and articulate contractual, technical, financial and value points with partners and internal PlanAdapt teams.

Conditions:

Closing date: until position is filled

Start: as soon as possible

Location: preferably Berlin, Germany

Terms: Currently, we can offer up to a one-year contract. There is a prospect of extension subject to performance and funding and we are interested in long-term cooperation.

Other requirements: EU citizen or existing work permit for Germany

 

To apply, interested persons should send an email, indicating the job title in the subject line, with the following documents to hr@plan-adapt.org:

  • Motivation letter
  • Updated CV
  • Indication of your availability and salary expectations

Please be aware, that we will contact only candidates that are selected for the next stage of the recruitment process.

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Business and Opportunity (m/f/d) (Berlin)

epojobs - 19. November 2019 - 17:15

PlanAdapt is looking for an experienced, passionate and entrepreneurial

Business and Opportunity Developer

PlanAdapt is a global network-based organisation with a coordination hub in Berlin, Germany. We provide knowledge services in support of effective, economically just and socially inclusive climate change adaptation (CCA) and climate risk management (CRM) around the world. PlanAdapt’s team approaches complex challenges through transdisciplinary mixed methods and engagement of doers and thinkers across the spheres of science, policy and practice. Our advisors and researchers are specialised in methods and processes to bridge the adaptation science-action gap.

PlanAdapt’s mission is to design and offer effective ways to build skills, competencies and knowledge to adapt to climate change in the Global South. Read more about PlanAdapt here: www.plan-adapt.org

The role is preferably located in Berlin, at least initially, and is optionally part-time or full-time. We are happy to shape the job conditions to suit the needs of both, yourself and PlanAdapt. The salary is in line with the seniority of the appointment. We particularly welcome applications from women and the Global South, as PlanAdapt’s impact is focused on the Global South. The incumbent will report to PlanAdapt’s Managing Director.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Take a leadership role as a PlanAdapt ‘Shaper and Mover’ to fulfil our mission, further build the vision and help to shape operational procedures
  • Develop and elaborate PlanAdapt’s Five-Year Funding and Opportunity Strategy, in close collaboration with PlanAdapt’s management team
  • Develop strategic institutional partnerships with other international actors/ organisations in the area of CRM, CCA and educational services
  • Steer the development of PlanAdapt’s key proposals and pitches targeting philanthropic funding, public tenders, and research grants

Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise and knowledge in fundraising for innovative research, advisory services and (e-)learning services for climate change adaptation and climate risk management
  • Passion, ability and creativity to develop innovative fund(rais)ing ideas for a young and dynamic organization
  • Strong team spirit and passion to establish a new organization in the landscape of climate institutions that helps building essential skills, competencies and capacities in the Global South

Minimum qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or similar advanced degree
  • Experience in creating and managing successful partnership relations with investors and donors from the philanthropical, public, and private sectors
  • A proven track record of developing and implementing strategy, operating plans and managing budgets
  • An aptitude for improving systems and processes
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, and diversity for all aspects of development work
  • Excellent attention to detail, highly entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative, and passion for PlanAdapt’s services and mission
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to formulate and articulate contractual, technical, financial and value points with partners and internal PlanAdapt teams

Conditions:

Closing date: until position is filled

Start: as soon as possible

Location: preferably Berlin, Germany

Terms: Currently, we can offer up to a one-year contract. There is a prospect of extension subject to performance and funding and we are interested in long-term cooperation.

Other requirements: EU citizen or existing work permit for Germany

To apply, interested persons should send an email, indicating the job title in the subject line, with the following documents to hr@plan-adapt.org:

  • Motivation letter
  • Updated CV
  • Indication of your availability and salary expectations

Please be aware, that we will contact only candidates that are selected for the next stage of the recruitment process.

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