Vacancy Notice: Deputy Secretary for Navigation

Vacancy Notice
for the position of
Deputy Secretary for Navigation
The International Sava River Basin Commission (Sava Commission) invites interested candidates to apply for the post of Deputy Secretary for Navigation in the Secretariat of the Sava Commission.
The applicants must send a letter of application, copy of diploma, curriculum vitae (using the Sava Commission CV form, attached) and three reference letters by post to
International Sava River Basin Commission
Kneza Branimira 29, 10 000 Zagreb, Hrvatska
 by e-mail:
with Reference: Job Application – Deputy Secretary for Navigation
The closing date for submission of applications is May 12, 2022.
Only complete applications will be considered.
The letter of application, curriculum vitae and reference letters can be written in English or in any of the official languages of the member countries of the Sava Commission. The letter of application should contain inter alia an explanation why the applicant considers himself/herself suitable for the post, with focus on the background and experience related to the position’s requirements.
1. Eligibility criteria
The applicant must:
  • be a national of the Republic of Croatia;
  • hold degree of education corresponding to completed university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma (equivalent to 300 ECTS) with major in Transport & Traffic, Nautical, Civil Engineering or related fields;
  • have a minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience relevant for the post after obtaining a university degree diploma stated out above.
2. Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English and one of the official languages of the Sava Commission;
  • Understanding of the FASRB and related protocols, and the Sava Commission’s status and role;
  • Very good knowledge of relevant EU and UN programmes, and international conventions relevant to inland navigation;
  • Computer skills (MS Office programs);
  • Valid B driving licence.
3. Knowledge, skills and experience that would be taken as an asset:
  • licence of master of self-propulsion vessels for inland navigation;
  • experience in international projects and programmes;
  • working experience in an international body or national agency/organization;
  • knowledge of one of the official languages of the Danube Commission.
4. Required attitudes and characteristics:
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of professional initiative;
  • Ability to analyse complex situations, grasp the critical aspects, and propose timely and adequate solutions based on sound judgement;
  • Communication skills, including report writing and editing as well as oral presentation
  • Ability to set challenging goals for him/herself, maintains focus on results, overcomes obstacles and takes responsibility for the results achieved;
  • Responsibility, loyalty, political and diplomatic tact;
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity.
5. The job and key accountabilities
Deputy Secretary for Navigation will perform duties in the Seat of the Sava Commission in Zagreb. In this role, (s)he will have responsibilities noted below.
Deputy Secretary for Navigation:
  • Prepares and implements activities on development of strategic documents, policies and plans regarding navigation in the Sava River Basin;
  • Participates in preparation of the of the Sava Commission’s sessions;
  • Participates in preparation and implementation of work plans and programmes of the Sava Commission;
  • Carries out activities on preparation of the Sava Commission’s decisions
  • aimed to provide conditions for safe navigation;
  • Carries out activities on preparation of decisions referring to construction and maintenance of the navigable waterway and improvement of navigation conditions, with the support of Deputy Secretary for Integrated River Basin Management;
  • Prepares and organizes meetings of the Sava Commission’s expert groups dealing with navigation issues;
  • Coordinates activities on preparation and implementation of plans and projects resulting from authorities of the Sava Commission referring to navigation, ports, transportation and navigable waterways;
  • Follows-up the implementation of decisions of the Sava Commission related to navigation issues;
  • Follows-up the state of regulations related to inland navigation at European level and participates in development of regulations when required and/or needed;
  • Follows-up and participates in the work of international organizations and bodies related to inland navigation;
  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary.
6. Selection procedure
If the eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic and professional qualifications, professional experience, and knowledge relevant for the post.
The academic and professional qualifications, professional experience and must be described in the ISRBC CV form.
Selected applicants will be invited to:
  • an interview to assess the applicant's ability to carry out the tasks of the post;
  • a test aimed at evaluating the applicant's knowledge of English language (in-house testing at the time of interview).
7. Medical Standards
As a precondition of appointment, successful applicant shall be required to submit health certificate issued by an authorized medical institution that he/she meets the medical standards set for appointment in his/her country of origin.
8. Appointment
The Deputy Secretary for Navigation shall be contracted for a period of 5 years, including a six-month probationary period, with the possibility of subsequent extensions, provided that the Sava Commission agrees. The position is subject to the internal legal documents adopted by the Sava Commission including the Staff Regulations of the Secretariat.
Documents in attachment ISRBC_CV Download document