Programme Specialist (Natural Sciences)


Post Number : 5QASC0002RP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Doha

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 04-MAR-2024


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences Sector (ADG/SC), and direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for the Gulf States and Yemen in Doha (DIR/FU/DOH), the incumbent will assist the Member States of the Regional Office in Doha (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) in the preparation, execution, monitoring, and follow-up of UNESCO’s programmes and activities in the field of natural sciences notably in terrestrial environmental, water sciences, disaster vulnerability, and risk management. S/He will also support Member States and the regional organizations in their efforts to implement National Development Plans and the United Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs), and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing professional and technical support, research and analysis, with an emphasis on the national and regional contexts, to develop, implement and evaluate programme initiatives to promote learning and sustainable societies, and support Member States in advancing science, technology, innovation, research and engineering to address contemporary environmental and societal challenges towards the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

S/He will work as part of the interdisciplinary team in the Regional Office in Doha collaborating with relevant stakeholders and with technical guidance from Natural Sciences Programme Divisions at UNESCO Headquarters and Natural Sciences Programme Specialists from other regional offices of the Arab Region amongst other regions. The incumbent shall perform the following responsibilities:

Long Description

  • Participate in the conceptualization, design, development, coordination, monitoring and implementation of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences programme, projects, and activities in countries under the auspices of the Regional Office in Doha with a special focus on Hydrology, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Contribute to preparing and evaluating reports on the implementation of programmes and projects and provide inputs to the work plans and budget documents (C/5).
  • Implement and coordinate events and other initiatives related to UNESCO’s programmes and activities.
  • Liaise with colleagues within the Natural Sciences Sector, other sectors and stakeholders to discuss the development and archive information on natural sciences to initiate baseline impact measurement.
  • Contribute for resource mobilisation, identify and develop internal and external collaborative project proposals in natural sciences based on needs, and define and revise project requirements and specifications.
  • Participate in joint programming and delivery as One exercise within the framework of the United Nations (UN) Reform such as Common Country Analysis (CCAs), UNDCFs, Regional Opportunity and Issues-Based Coalitions (OIBCs).
  • Advise the Director of the Regional Office on all matters related to natural sciences, and make appropriate recommendations for the attention of governmental authorities and stakeholders.
  • Interact with Programme Specialists of UNESCO’s regional offices and Headquarters, research institutions, donors, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the seven National Commissions and five United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) in the region regularly for programme, project and joint administrative matters.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced University Degree (master’s or equivalent) in one of the fields of Natural Sciences (Environment, Ecology, Hydrology, Earth Sciences and Basic Sciences) and/or Engineering.

Work Experience 

  • A minimum of 4 (four) years of relevant professional experience in the field of natural sciences of which preferably 2 (two) years acquired at the international level.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and coordinate programmes/projects in natural sciences, or interdisciplinary fields.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining professional scientific networks.

Skills and Competencies

  • Good analytical, organizational and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Management tools.
  • Ability to collect, consolidate, synthesize, and analyze information from various sources.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment and with relevant institutions, and intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).



  • Familiarity with the political context and region.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations system.
  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s standard-setting instruments and programmes in the field of natural sciences.


  • Good knowledge of Arabic (written and spoken).
  • Knowledge of another official UNESCO language (Chinese, French, Spanish).


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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 102 914 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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 recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.