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Service Contract for Natural Sciences Sector


Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Havana

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Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

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Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 21/10/2022


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


Long Description


Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean and Cluster Office to the Latin Caribbean, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti, the contract holder will: 
Programme and Project Contribution 

1.To follow-up the implementation of Natural Sciences projects and programmes (funded within C/5 and extra budgetary funds), as may be required by the UNESCO Field Office or Headquarters, using relevant tools, including the System of Information on Strategies, Tasks and the Evaluation of Results (SISTER)and final reports;

2.To prepare detailed work plans, task descriptions and budgets for projects;

3.To provide technical and logistical support for contracts, consultations, meetings and missions, according to the UNESCO regulations (UNESCO Administrative Manual);

4.To engage in the coordination and follow-up with relevant national authorities as well as other stakeholders  during the implementation process;

5.To compile data and prepare official reports, meeting minutes, inputs for public information, briefings and other documents for Field Office and HQ;

6.To guarantee that physical and digital files and data on Natural Sciences activities are kept up to date;

7.To conduct desk reviews on the state-of-the-art of priorities in Cuba, that can inform current and new programme intervention;

8.To contribute to the design and development of new projects and programmes aimed at reinforcing national capacities by identifying new areas and projects alignment with UNESCO Natural Sciences goals;

9.To carry out other related activities of the Sciences Sector as requested by the Director of the Office.

Partnership and Resource Mobilization
1. To contribute building partnerships with stakeholders, with national authorities, the private sector, civil society, NGOs and multilateral funding organizations;
2. To contribute to the UN development planning processes, such as the preparation of Common Country Assessment (CCA), United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), UNESCO Country Strategy (UCS), and Country Action Plan (CAP) and to other relevant national planning exercises, contributing particularly with knowledge on national policies regarding Natural Sciences.
3. To analyze and compile data for potential partnership opportunities. Identify opportunities for increased collaboration and draft project proposals for consideration


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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.


•University degree in Natural Sciences, Social and or Cultural Sciences, Engineer, or other related fields.

•A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in programme implementation local;
•Experience on backstopping of projects in the field of Natural Sciences,  Social and or Cultural Sciences;
•Experience on lidding and building partnership with National and International counterparts;

•Good analytical, organizational and project management skills;
•Excellent coordination and interpersonal skill;
•Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
•Proven ability to communicate and negotiate effectively and persuasively with different stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the organization;
•Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national and local authorities, relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations;
•Ability to work effectively and maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment;
•Ability to manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to details;
•Solid IT skills including knowledge of office software.

•Excellent knowledge of Spanish and very good knowledge of English (both written and oral).


•Previous experience working in UN system or any other International Organization;
•Good command of French; 


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To apply for this position you can either submit your application on this vacancy notice at Success Factors or send it to Kindly note that if you decide to send it to the email referred before, the application should include at least the

Curriculum Vitae and the Motivation Letter. The deadline is set for October 21, 2022 (midnight, Paris time).

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.

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