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Project Manager OTGA2

OceanTeacher Global Academy 2 - Request for applications for a Project Manager



Parent Sector : Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Duty Station: Brussels

Job Family: Programme Coordination

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

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

UNESCO is inviting written proposals from Individual Consultants for the work assignment as described below.
Your written proposal should comprise:

(a) a technical proposal consisting of:

  • an up to date curriculum vitae
  • a UNESCO template CV
  • a statement indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment
  • an approach and methodology for the assignment, a workplan and comments on the Term 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.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation best value for money.

The email address for information is: p.pissierssens@unesco.org

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


1.    Background and Objective

The new OTGA-2 Project will build on the legacy of OTGA and include new initiatives and challenges now in place, for example, the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. New, ready to deliver course topics will be made available online. The network of Regional Training Centres will be joined by Specialized Training Centres that can deliver very specific training topics. Training topics will also include tools that can help Member States achieving the SDGs as well as emerging topics such as Ocean Acidification and Blue Carbon, inter alia. OTGA-2 will foster collaborations beyond UNESCO/IOC to position itself as the training platform for ocean-related topics within the UN and beyond. 

2.    Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to support the overall coordination and implementation of the new OTGA-2 Project.

3.    Duties/Tasks and Expected Output

The consultant will be responsible, during the period 1 April 2020 and 28 February 2021, for the following activities:
•    Planning and strategizing the implementation of activities of the OTGA-2 project;
•    Establish a detailed workplan and direct and coordinate the activities of the OTGA-2 project to ensure delivery of e-learning training courses;
•    Coordinate the collaborative activities of OTGA-2 Training Centres and other partner organizations to assure the delivery of training in accordance with specified deliverables;
•    Identify and secure trainers and content providers for the OTGA-2 training programme;
•    Prepare and submit reports and other required documentation to all stakeholders concerning OTGA-2 project status;
•    Provide technical and pedagogical support for the management of the OceanTeacher e-Learning Platform (Moodle based);
•    Prepare documentation and define core business process for the OTGA-2 project;
•    Develop and review quality management procedures to ensure compliance with ISO standards.

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4.    Timetable and Deliverables

The contract will cover 11 months during the period between 1 April 2020 – 28 February 2021. During this period the individual consultant will be responsible for the following activities/deliverables: 

Period Activity / Deliverable Latest date for submission
Months 1-3 OTGA 2 Kick off meeting
Call and selection of RTCs and STCs
15 July 2020
Months 4-6

 At least 3 training courses ready to be delivered online

15 October 2020
Months 7-9 At least another 3 training courses ready to be delivered online and 3 training courses delivered in a classroom environment. 
Development and review quality management procedures to ensure compliance with international standards
15 January 2021
Months 10-11 At least another 3 training courses ready to be delivered online and 3 training courses delivered in a classroom environment 15 March 2021


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.

•    Advanced university degree in ocean related sciences, informatics, or a closely related field
•    A minimum of ten years relevant professional experience in an international context.
•    Understanding of the scientific and operational application of oceanography and marine sciences in general;
•    Project management skills for e-learning course delivery;
•    At least 5 years’ experience managing and developing training courses in an online learning environment, preferably Moodle based;
•    Knowledge of quality management system standards for providers of education and training services;
•    Ability to interact with a wide range of project partners and to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment to achieve organizational goals with minimum supervision;
•    Stakeholder management and communication experience skills;
•    Proficiency in English language and proven ability to prepare high quality reports and make effective oral presentations. Domain of other IOC official languages an asset but not mandatory.

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6.    Supervisory arrangements 

The consultant will work under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the direct supervision of the Head of the IOC Project Office for IODE, and in close collaboration with the IODE Training Coordinator and other IOC staff responsible for training activities.

7.    Facilities to be provided by UNESCO (if any)

The individual consultant will be able to work from home but is also expected to be available to travel to some of the course and meeting venues. Additionally, some periods will need to be spent at the IODE Project Office in Ostend, Belgium.
The appointment is non-career and does not carry any expectancy of renewal or conversion to another contract. Medical health care is not provided.

8.    Facilities to be provided by the Consultant (if any)

Any contents provided by the individual consultant will need to comply with international copyright laws. Furthermore, the individual consultant will not claim copyright of the work produced (although authorship will be acknowledged by UNESCO).




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 promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.