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Non-Staff Service Contract


Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Paris

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Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 23-05-2022


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



The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Water Sciences (HYD), and under the direct supervision of the Chief of Section Hydrological Systems, Climate Change and Adaptation (HCA), to support the project Addressing Hydro-Climatic Vulnerability through Citizen and Open Science, to be implemented in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) regionsIn this context, the Associate Project Coordinator shall perform the following tasks within the framework of these projects:

I) Addressing Hydro-Climatic Vulnerability through Citizen and Open Science:

  • Support the implementation of a flood and drought Early Warning System (EWS) and Platform focusing on hazard mapping and contingency planning
  • Plan, organize and implement activities related to Citizen and Open Science and bottom-up approaches to climate change adaptation, such as Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA)
  • Support high-level policy sessions on hydroclimatic risk management strategies and Citizen and Open Science
  • Develop activities to facilitate the development of trainings and other capacity building activities for the project
  • Organize advisory and expert meetings and follow up activities with partners and stakeholders, monitor and review technical reports and provide necessary feedback
  • Identify experts and draft terms of reference for the project activities

Long Description

  • Organize events as required such as training workshops and meetings
  • Draft progress narrative and periodical reports for donor meeting and governing meetings
  • Prepare publications, presentations and other outreach materials based on the outcomes of the project
  • Provide support to outreach activities for the project by preparing news and events items to be updated in the UNESCO website to disseminate project deliverables and outcomes to project stakeholders
  • Support the development of activities in synergy with the CliMWaR and Be-Resilient projects and Partners.



Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of natural science, hydrology, earth sciences or international development studies.


  • At least 1 year of relevant experience
  • Experience of work with the United Nations would be an asset
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following fields: environmental sciences, Hydrology and water resources, Climate Change, Citizen and Open Science
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Excel  
  • High degree of independence and organization, as well as welldeveloped capacities for teamwork
  • Strong knowledge of computer applications, web skills and social



  • Experiences on flood and drought monitoring and EWS, as well as climate resilient water management approaches
  • Demonstrated experiences in project management.



  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be an asset.


The incumbent shall work 100%, at UNESCO Headquarters.

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.


The application must be in English and must contain the following information:

  • A curriculum vitae 
  • A list of previous assignments 
  • At least two professional referees.


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.