UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. Science for peace has been central to UNESCO’s mandate since its creation.
The ‘S’ has been an integral part of UNESCO from its foundation in 1945. In its 70 years of existence, UNESCO has acted as a catalyst for the establishment of many, now leading scientific unions and bodies such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, 1948), and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, 1954) where the basis of the Internet was developed and the discovery of the Higgs Boson was made.
Initiatives with far-reaching implications for sustainable human security and wellbeing
– such as the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission or the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) – were launched in the first thirty years of UNESCO’s history.
The Natural Science Sector is now seeking two Directors. One position will head the Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building and the other Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences & Secretary of the Man and the Biosphere Programme.
You will find more information on the respective Director positions and UNESCO here:
The positions are strategically important as the Natural Sciences Sector contributes to UNESCO’s mission by using science to build peace, to eradicate poverty and to promote sustainable development. UNESCO implements its activities in science essentially through its International Science Programmes, such as the:
- International Hydrological Programme (IHP);
- Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB);
- International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP);
- International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP).
The closing date for both positions are 28 December 2018. We especially encourage application from qualified women and nationals from underrepresented or non-represented countries.
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