Chief Executive, East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership

Position Summary


The Chief Executive leads the Secretariat, based in Incheon, Republic of Korea and the Science Unit based in Beijing that supports the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership, a 39-member, informal and voluntary initiative to conserve migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the 22 countries of the Flyway. The Secretariat has the main responsibility to organize Meeting of the Partners every two years and provide strategic, policy, scientific and communication support to the Partnership, as well as liaison to the host country and city. In addition to strong leadership and communication skills, the successful applicant will have the experience and confidence needed to work closely with governments, intergovernmental organizations, international NGOs and the corporate sector.

Position Requirements

Requirement 1: Minimum education: Masters’ degree, or Bachelor’s degree with significant experience, preferably in relevant field, such as international relations, business development, environmental policy and governance.

Requirement 2: Ability and willingness to locate to the Republic of Korea and to travel extensively in Flyway countries and beyond, including to field sites.

The EAA Flyway Partnership has a range of Partners and activities across the Flyway and regular travel is an important element in the work of the Chief Executive.

Requirement 3: Under 55, Considering in the possibility of contract renewal (maximum 2 years) the candidate should be no older than average retirement age of Republic of Korea (average 60 years-old)

Requirement 4: Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions, especially on sensitives issues, and understand the perspective of the EAAFP Secretariat.

Requirement 5: Demonstrated capacity for innovative and strategic thinking and ability to provide leadership in dealing with complex issue, as well as skills in planning and management of international events and provision of relevant support.


Key Selection Criteria

  1.  Demonstrated experience in leading and managing an international office, including supervisory, team building and mentoring skills.
  2. Experience with building and maintaining long-term relationships with strategic partners, including national governments, non-governmental organizations and private sector organizations. This should include a clear understanding of, and commitment to, working in a cross-cultural context, including respect for others and different ways of thinking.
  3. Extensive (10 years) experience of leading and/or managing multi-stakeholder international programmes, ideally in the environmental field.
  4. Knowledge and experience of strategic and operational planning, financial management, and budgeting.
  5. Ability to develop and implement strategic vision and plans to achieve desired outcomes.
  6. Demonstrated ability to be flexible and responsive to changing circumstances and new opportunities.
  7. Excellent verbal communication skills in English, including presentation skills in international meetings and conferences and discussions with non-native English speakers; ability to communicate and respond in culturally effective manner. Demonstrated strong written communications skills in English. Knowledge of other Flyway languages a strong advantage.
  8. Experience in working on conservation of waterbirds and their habitats – please provide up to 3 examples that demonstrate this.


How to Apply


If you should be interested, please contact the Secretariat via email ( You will be provided with detailed description of the post and an application form. Your application should be submitted no later than 15 February 2023.

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