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Consultant - Refugee and Displaced Scientists


Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Trieste

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 28-FEB-2020

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The World Academy of Sciences is seeking an experienced consultant to help implement a project on ‘Refugee and Displaced Scientists’. This person will work closely with the TWAS Science Diplomacy Unit and Public Information Office as well as the Coordinator of the InterAcademy Partnership in Trieste. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the International Science Council.

Long Description

The ultimate objective of the project is to gather knowledge and lay the groundwork for much more cohesive and coordinated national, regional and international responses to the issue of refugee and displaced scientists that would enable (the expected growing number of) affected individuals to be assisted smoothly and effectively in a follow-on phase of the initiative.

Such assisted individuals will then be better placed to return to their countries when conditions allow and help with the rebuilding process, thus mitigating the negative effects of brain drain.

To reach this point, the current project aims to:

 •   Begin to understand the landscape of organizations currently engaged in assisting refugee and displaced scientists;
 •   Identify and analyse programmes/opportunities available to assisting refugee and displaced scientists, and bring them together online for easy access.  The analysis will also begin to identify any gaps in opportunities aimed at assisting refugee and displaced scientists;
 •   Build a network of interested organizations so that success stories can be shared, lessons learned and synergies developed; and
 •   Raise awareness of the need for action among governments, international agencies, the broader scientific community and other stakeholders.

It is intended that this set of goals will lay the groundwork necessary for a follow-on, long-term, sustainable effort to assist refugee and displaced scientists.

Consultants wishing to work remotely will be considered.


Up to max USD 6,000/month (Candidates will be evaluated based on value for money according to relevant qualifications and experience)

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  •  Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Programme/Project Management, Public Policy, International Development, Human Rights or other relevant field.

Work Experience

  •  Minimum of 7 years’ experience working in the areas of Programme/Project Management, Public Policy, International Development (or similar), preferably in the context of international science organizations;
  •  Relevant experience in leading a project team in a scientific/social scientific field;
  •  Good overall understanding of objectives of TWAS and the issue of Refugee and Displaced Scientists (see for example: https://twas.org/article/refugee-scientists-way-forward);
  •  Experience of presenting programmes and activities at high-level international meetings and liaising effectively with policy makers, donors, government officials and decision makers.


    •  Good overall understanding of TWAS, IAP and ISC and their objectives;
    •  Knowledge of suitable tools for building strong networks;
    •  Good interpersonal and communication skills, and excellent analytical skills;
    •  Excellent fluency in English.



 •   PhD in one of the above listed fields or other relevant discipline will be considered an asset.


Candidates are invited to submit a written proposal containing:

    •  Curriculum vitae;
    •  Short proposal consisting of:

            i)  a description of proposed approach and methodology for undertaking this assignment;
            ii) a work plan with a broad time frame and milestones related to the assignment.

    •  Fees to be charged for the assignment (daily consultancy fee and a total estimated number of days required to undertake the assignment), which should be quoted in US or in Euros only.
    •  Please show any anticipated travel costs separately (destination; meeting or event; estimated cost including travel and daily subsistence expenses).


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



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