The Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) serves and supports the work of the Arctic Council, and in particular the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The ACS currently has 14 employees and is located at the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway. The ACS is looking to hire a new Advisor to strengthen the overall capacity of the Secretariat and to provide a wide range of support in the areas listed below.

Description and duties

The Advisor will, under the direction of the Director of the ACS, be responsible for the following functions:

  • Support the Chairmanship in drafting, revising and distributing reports from Senior Arctic Officials (SAO), Ministerial and other Chairmanship meetings;
  • Provide support to the ACS Director and the Chairmanship in connection with overall relations with the Observers, the biennial Observer review and reporting processes;
  • Keep track of and upload relevant documents to SharePoint for the SAO Plenary and SAO Executive meetings and other meetings as needed. Ensure that relevant documentation from meetings and Chairmanship activities are properly archived;
  • Provide support in compiling and preparing the SAO Report to Ministers (including copy-editing and layout);
  • Assist with conducting background research and drafting documents as needed;
  • Maintain and update the SuperOffice database of points-of-contact and distribution lists on a regular basis and share with Arctic Council subsidiary bodies upon request;
  • Carry out or participate in the execution of other tasks or special projects as needed and in support of the Arctic Council Secretariat´s approved workplan.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • Graduate-level university degree in social sciences, political science, international relations, or other relevant combination of education and experience
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience
  • Excellent knowledge of Arctic politics and governance
  • High organizational and time-management skills
  • High analytical skills and ability to work and prioritize well under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a diplomatic mindset
  • Service-mindset and ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Excellent communications skills in English, oral and written
  • Good skills in commonly used computer programs. Experience with Sharepoint is an advantage


In accordance with the ACS staff rules, article 5.2, an applicant for this position must be a citizen of one of the eight Arctic States (Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, United States, Sweden, Russian Federation and Norway).

Terms and remuneration

The appointment is a four-year contract with a six-month probation period. The contract may be prolonged for up to four years (eight years in total) if in the interest of the Arctic Council.

The annual salary will be according to the ACS salary schedule A level 5, and based on professional experience and qualifications. Membership in the Norwegian social security scheme as well as a private pension scheme will be provided.

The ACS offers a very good work environment with highly qualified and dedicated international colleagues with a passion for the Arctic. The ACS offers free phone and broadband, annual home travel, health allowance, Tromsø International School tuition for school-aged dependent children, and more.

Additional details can be found in the ACS Terms of Reference, the ACS Staff Rules, and the ACS Financial Rules, all of which are available on our website.

Application process

If you consider yourself the right candidate, you are invited to forward your resumé and a letter of interest (PDF) to recruitment [AT] arctic-council [DOT] org
In the subject line of your e-mail, please include your full name and the phrase “ACS advisor 2022”.

For further details and additional information, please contact

Senior advisor
Joël Plouffe
joel [DOT] plouffe [AT] arctic-council [DOT] org

Head of administration
André Skrivervik
andre [AT] arctic-council [DOT] org

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 October 2021.

[Source: Arctic Council website]

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