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 is currently composed of 14 employees with representation from almost every Arctic state, and is located at the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway

The ACS is now hiring a Head of administration. The Head of administration is responsible for all matters relating to finances, human resources, and contracting, as well as for general administrative operations and routines at the Arctic Council Secretariat. The Head of administration is part of the ACS management team and reports directly to the ACS director.

Description and duties

More specifically, the Head of administration is responsible for the following functions of the Secretariat:

  • Management of all financial, accounting and contracting operations including preparation and monitoring of budgets, budgetary management and communication and follow up with auditor, accountant, bank and contributing Arctic States
  • Human Resource Management including recruitment, on-/off boarding processes, development of staff and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) processes
  • Exercising financial stewardship over ACS funding and resources through the development and monitoring of proper financial and administrative procedures and systems, the negotiation and review of agreements and contracts with service providers, and the implementation of a solid management control framework.
  • Communication and follow up with Norwegian authorities on issues such as taxation, social security, pension schemes, diplomatic status and privileges, and medical services for ACS staff
  • Monitoring the implementation and leading the development of any required amendments to the ACS’ key administrative governing documents (Host Country Agreement with the Kingdom of Norway, ACS Terms of Reference, ACS Financial Rules and the ACS Staff Rules)
  • Supervising the work of staff, and assisting the director with other administrative tasks and issues as appropriate

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • University degree in a field relevant to the position (E.g. Administration, Business administration, Finance, Human Resource management)
  • Significant senior-level experience in financial management, including budgeting, accounting and contracting
  • Significant experience with all aspects of Human Resource Management including recruitment and HSE
  • Experience in providing strategic advice and recommendations to senior management on complex financial, HR and other issues
  • Knowledge of the legal and operating environment of the ACS (e.g. Norwegian Labour Legislation, Norwegian Social Security Scheme, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Strong cultural competence and ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures
  • Given the requirement for this position to frequently interact with Norwegian government authorities on complex matters, preference may be given to candidates that are proficient in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language


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 3 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 an excellent work environment with highly qualified and dedicated international colleagues with a passion for the Arctic. The ACS offers a number of benefits for staff, including an establishment allowance, reimbursement of relocation expenses and annual home travel as applicable, health allowance, and reimbursement of Tromsø International School tuition for school-aged dependent children.

Additional details can be found in the ACS Terms of Reference, the Staff Rules, and the Financial Rules, all 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
In the subject line of your e-mail, please include your full name and the phrase “ACS Head of administration”.

For further details and additional information, please contact the Head of administration Mr. André Skrivervik or the Director Mr. Mathieu Parker

The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 December 2021.

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