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Chair for UK National Decade Committee for UN Ocean Decade (Fixed Term)

The UK National Decade Committee (UK NDC) is currently seeking to appoint an independent Committee Chair to facilitate its work.

To apply

Please email your CV (max. two pages) and a letter of Expression of Interest (max. one page) outlining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the essential criteria, to [email protected]

Applications should be sent by midday on 7 April 2023.

  • Please see the Candidate Pack for more details.
  • Please see the linked privacy notice that sets out what you can expect from Cefas when we process your personal information.

If you have any questions about the appointments process, require additional assistance to support you in your application, or would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact [email protected]


The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (UN Ocean Decade) has the vision of “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want” and a mission of “Transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean”.

Bringing together interdisciplinary professionals, ocean users and wider society, the UN Ocean Decade will facilitate global communication and new collaborative partnerships to ensure that ocean science delivers greater benefits for both ocean ecosystems and for society (UNESCO-IOC, 2023).

The UN Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for diverse stakeholders to co-design and co-deliver solution-oriented research needed for achieving a clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse ocean by 2030 (UNESCO-IOC, 2023). Capacity development, ocean literacy and the removal of barriers to full gender, generational, and geographic diversity are essential elements of the Decade. The Decade will promote the emergence of an extensive stakeholder engagement network including National Decade Committees, regional and thematic stakeholder fora (UNESCO-IOC, 2023).

A UK National Decade Committee (UK NDC) was appointed in 2022 to inspire, coordinate and facilitate UK engagement with the UN Ocean Decade through an all-society approach. With members from across the breadth of ocean science, the Committee includes established researchers and several early career ocean professionals all coming together to champion the UN Ocean Decade within the UK’s Ocean Science and sustainability communities, as well as supporting regional and international engagement through the UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Furthermore, the Committee will support goals of the Integrated Review for promoting UK science internationally and the UK vision that by 2030 the ocean will be effectively governed, clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse, linking resilient and prosperous coastal communities around the world, and supporting sustainable economic growth for the UK, the Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies.

Committee Chair

We are seeking an independent Chair to provide effective and strategic leadership for the UK National Decade Committee (UK NDC) and work collaboratively with the Secretariat, Committee members, Defra and other government representatives in an interdisciplinary team. The Chair will bring energy and vision to build and maintain the Committee’s momentum and ensure agreed aims are met. The Chair role will be a fixed term appointment for two years, with the potential for reappointment. The Chair role will be based in the United Kingdom.

The Secretariat invites applications for the position of Chair of the UK NDC Committee to provide the leadership, support and collaborative working required.


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