ASSOCIATE PROJECT OFFICER (SCIENCES)
Post Number : SC/PA/031
Grade : P-2
Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)
Duty Station: Paris
Job Family: Natural Sciences
Type of contract : Project Appointment
Duration of contract : 1 year
Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 14-SEPT-2020
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
(Duration of contract: 1 year, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance).
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences (SC/EES), and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section of MAB Research and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity, the Associate Project Officer will support the implementation of the UNESCO-MAB biodiversity activities and partnership.
In particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:
Provide technical and scientific support for the preparation and implementation of biodiversity project activities in the concerned countries and at Headquarters.
Contribute to the preparation of capacity-building workshops, training material and data collection in coordination with UNESCO offices and in partnership with relevant international scientific partners.
Contribute to the collection of data and inputs from senior experts for the preparation of policy papers about best practices in biosphere reserves.
Support the Responsible Officer in the collection of information about on-going research activities related to biodiversity in the WNBR.
Assist in the preparation of project documents for the reporting to partners and assist in the organization of the experts’ meetings, events and communication.
Assist in the organization of the building training capacity workshops and events within the framework of capacity building project components.
Set up, maintain and upgrade outreach and communication tools in cooperation with the responsible officer at SC/EES for the biodiversity partnerships, including the production of key publications and documents related to the biosphere reserves.
Provide support to the Responsible Officer for the monitoring and reporting on the activities through SISTER, by providing assistance on the gathering of information, the updating of the project database and for the drafting of support material in liaison with colleagues at Headquarters and in Field Offices.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of environmental sciences (ecology) or social sciences (economics, geography, political sciences).
At least two (2) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the areas of protected areas, biodiversity, international organizations including field work.
Excellent communication, coordination and interpersonal skills.
Ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural environment, to establish good working relations with external partners and to work effectively within a team.
Close attention to detail and quality of work, and ability to manage heavy workloads.
Ability to collect, consolidate, synthesize and analyze information from various sources, including in the field.
Knowledge of data base management, qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Good IT skills, including knowledge of Microsoft software (Word, Excel etc.).
Excellent knowledge of English or French and a good knowledge of the other language.
Specialisation in environmental sciences.
Demonstrated experience in planning and setting up scientific meetings.
Experience acquired in the United Nations System or in similar international organizations.
Knowledge of protected areas.
Knowledge of Spanish.
Knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS
UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.
For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.
SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.
The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.