UNESCO recruits 01 Assistant Project Officer (SC-L3)

UNESCO recruits 01 Assistant Project Officer (SC-L3)


Paris, France
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Assistant Project Officer (SC-L3)
Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)
Duty Station: Paris
Job Family: Natural Sciences
Type of contract : Non Staff
Level : Level 3
Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 23-JANV-2020
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, and under the direct supervision of the Chief of the section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazard Risk Reduction, the Assistant Project Officer shall contribute to the development, management and implementation of activities in the field of earth sciences and disaster risk reduction (DRR) within the overall commitment of UNESCO towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. In particular, s/he will be expected to assist to provide technical and coordinative support to the Programme Specialists working on the activities related to an extra-budgetary project from funded by EU’s Director-General for
Research and Innovation:
OPERANDUM: Open-air laboratories for Nature based solutions (NBS) to manage environmental risks. The objective of OPERANDUM is to reduce multi-hazard hydro-meteorological risks through co-designed, co-developed, deployed, tested and demonstrated innovative green and blue/grey/hybrid nature-based solutions. (EU Horizon 2020 project 2018-2021).
The incumbent shall in particular be required to perform the following tasks:
Collect and analyse lessons learnt from each Open-Air Laboratory on NBS solutions and assist in preparation of thematic training materials;
Assist in the needs assessment of stakeholders and in the content collection from OPERANDUM partners for a development of a series of lectures and workshops on NBS for DRR for practitioners and academic students;
Assist in the organisation of high-level outreach events, including side events during UN conferences and information sessions for International thematic days;
Assist in facilitation of knowledge exchange and training, including on risk perception and human behaviour so that the major global and national stakeholders (including communities, experts and international and national policy-makers) will further act on the nature based solutions and resilience;
Provide logistical support for the preparation and implementation of UNESCO tasks with a particular focus on strengthening resilience and risk perception.
Additionally, the incumbent will offer her/his support in the following items:
Attend programme related meetings and prepare minutes as required;
Assist in organizing international and national workshops and conferences;
Perform any other duties as need arises.
During the assignment period, the Assistant  Project officer shall work full-time at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
Completed secondary, technical and/or vocational school.
A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at national or international level.
Good analytical, organizational and project management skills in natural hazards and disaster risk reduction;
Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with various stakeholders  within and outside the organization;
Ability to work effectively maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment;
Ability to manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail;
Solid IT skills including knowledge of office software.
Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).
Training or certificate in the field of social sciences, natural or environmental sciences.
Experience in maintaining professional networks;
Experience in the field of disaster risk reduction within international organisations.
Good knowledge of another UNESCO language.
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 and UNESCO’s career website.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
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 strictest confidence. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


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