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Project Assistant


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Abuja
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Abuja

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Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 2

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 27-JUN-2024


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



Under the overall supervision of the Head of UNESCO Abuja Office, and direct supervision of the National Professional Officer for Science, and within framework of the India-UN-Nigeria-UNESCO Biodiversity Business project, the Project Assistant will perform the following tasks under the five components of the project.

Long Description

a) Ingurgitation/building capacity in GEBR and Bio-Business concept, 

  • Develop TORs, concept note and all other technical documents (Technical note, memo, budget, Agenda, draft letters, visibility materials, template etc.) for the project site consultations, inception and awareness raising on the project.  
  • Facilitate all meetings, workshops and consultations arising under the component. 
  • Work with the project site focal points in the mapping of all stakeholders at the respective sites
  • Develop reports and follow up on the outcomes. 



b)  Studies 

  • Develop TORs, Technical Note and all other technical documents (memo, budget, Agenda, template etc.) for the Studies and Information gathering on socio-economic, biodiversity inventory and market studies -towards selection of Green Economy, Income generating activities/alternative livelihoods and Bio businesses. 
  • Handle all administrative aspects with respect to commissioning the studies (developing TORs for consultants, selection of consultants, budget, technical note, initiating/managing contracts, following up on deliverables, etc.) 
  • Participate in reviewing drafts of the studies. 
Long Description

c) Training of communities on selected Bio businesses and Green economy activities/alternative livelihood  

  • Handle all administrative aspects of hiring consultant to develop requisite training manuals. 
  • Develop TORs, concept note and all other technical documents with respect to:  
    • Strengthening capacity of national stakeholders on the concept biodiversity business and Green Economy in Biosphere Reserve (2nd training) 
    • Training of communities on selected Bio businesses and Green Economy. Income generating activities/alternative livelihood. 
  • Develop reports. 



d) Establishment of Bio businesses and Green economy activities/alternative livelihood   Alternative livelihoods;

  • Work with ADM to set out all administrative aspects for procurement of equipment for the different biodiversity businesses. (TORs, technical note, budget, selection of vendors etc.)  
  • Work with the project site focal points and vendor to ensure operationalisation of the biodiversity businesses and Green Economy, Income generating activities/alternative livelihood to promote biodiversity conservation, reduce poverty and contribute to sustainable development.
Long Description

e) Designation of Shrere Hills as a Biosphere Reserve 

  • Work with the project site focal point to facilitate all consultations with the communities. 
  • Handle all administrative aspects for production a zonation maps and the completion of nomination dossier.
  • Follow up with all aspects towards designation of Shere Hills Forest Reserve as a Biosphere Reserve in the World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WNBR)



Other ditties - The project assistant shall also perform the following 

  • Contribute to developing Quarterly reports of the project for be submission to the United Nations for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) 
  • Facilitate and organize the steering committee meetings (concept to reporting) 
  • Facilitate project monitoring meetings.
  • Follow up on all processes for evaluation of the project. 
  • Handle any other programmatic tasks in the Science sector as may be assigned by the National Profesional officer.  
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. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

•    Completed secondary, technical or vocational education. 


Work experience:
•    Minimum 5 (five) years of professional experience in administrative services, programmes, project administrative management or related field.
•    Experience in backstopping programmeand/or project 


Skills and Competencies:
•    Very good knowledge of office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.).
•    Ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially.
•    Ability to work under pressure, flexibility and adaptability to work schedules and priorities according to workload, emergencies and deadlines.
•    Ability to design, work and execute tasks independently with thoroughness, care and method.
•    Ability to work with and within multicultural teams.

•    Very good knowledge (oral and written) of English Language.


•   Post secondary Education.


Work experience:
•    Experience in a UN agency or International Organization.

•    Knowledge of any of the three Nigeran Major Language (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba) .
•    Knowledge and ability to speak pidgin English. 



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.

This vacancy is now closed.