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Project Manager OIH

OceanInfo Hub Project Manager - Request for applications



Parent Sector : Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Duty Station: Brussels

Job Family: Computer Sciences / Information Technologies

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 01-MAR-2020

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

Long Description

Request to submit a written proposal for a work assignment with UNESCO

UNESCO is inviting written proposals from Individual Consultants for the work assignment described below.

Your written should comprise:

(a) A Technical Proposal consisting of

  • an up to date personal curriculum vitae
  • a UNESCO template CV,
  • a motivation letter indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment and
  • an approach and methodology for the assignment, a workplan and comments on the Terms of Reference if any (in brief).

(b) The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars or in euros only. Please show any travel costs separately

Your proposal and any supporting documents must be in either English or French.

Your proposal should be submitted by e-mail no later than close of business (23:59-Paris time) on Sunday 01 March 2020. E-mail proposals should not exceed 5MB.

The e-mail address is: p.pissierssens@unesco.org

It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that his/her proposal is received by the deadline. 


Background, purpose, duties and tasks

Under the supervision of Pissierssens, Peter (IODE Programme Manager) the Individual Specialist shall:

Within the context of the extra-budgetary project “IOC Ocean InfoHub” funded by the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium), with payments foreseen on a monthly basis and deliverables detailed below (see ToRs) the contractor shall:

  1. Coordinate the implementation (first year) of the project by all partners (all work packages), in close consultation with the members of the Project Steering Group, work package leads and IODE Secretariat;
  2. Ensure effective communication and exchange of information between all project partners with special attention to the regional nodes and global hub;
  3. Report on the results of the project (first year) to the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development as well as to the IODE Committee;
  4. Coordinate communication and cooperation between the project partners and other organizations, programmes and projects;
  5. Prepare annual and other reports (as requested) on the project;
  6. Implement the project communication plan (first year);
  7. Assist with the organization of regional workshops in close consultation with IOC regional offices and regional partners;
  8. Organize 2021 session of the project Steering Group, including preparation of the agenda, timetable and working documents, and prepare meeting reports;
  9. Identify additional project partners based on project requirements
Long Description

Timetable and deliverables

Deadline 1 - March 2020

Signature of the contract

Deadline 2 - September 2020

Regional workshop reports

Deadline 3 - December 2020

Report on the work carried out in 2020 for submission to IODE-XXVI and IOC GE-CD

Deadline 4 - February 2021

Summary report of the 2021 Group meeting

Long Description
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.
  • Understanding of data/information product and service delivery to non-technical end-users in a mostly developing country context
  • Experience with coastal and ocean data management and related product/service needs
  • Knowledge of IT concepts related to domains such as databases, networking, semantic web, linked data, existing data networks, etc.
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in requirements development and management
  • Experience in organization of meetings
  • Excellent social and organizational skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and some knowledge of French desirable
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, with the proven ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple assignments
  • A strong sense of cultural awareness and the ability to work with people from different nationalities
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Willingness to travel as needed
  • Demonstrated experience in management of both IT centric (e.g. systems development, infrastructure related) and business centric (e.g. engagement and needs assessment, service delivery) projects



Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.



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