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Consultant For Women in Science (FWIS) Programme


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Short Description Long Description OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Paris


Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30 June 2024


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



In accordance with the UNESCO Programme and Budget  2024-2025 (42/C5), Major Programme II: Natural Sciences, C/5 Output 4.SC4 - Member States capacities strengthened to improve STI policies, access to scientific and technological advancements and enhance knowledge sharing, including through Open Science, and within the framework of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) Programme, under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of Section for Science Technology Innovation Policy (SC/PBS/STIP), the Consultant shall undertake the following activities:


Work assignment

Work assignment

Within the framework of the L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS Young Talents Programmes:

1. Ensure the timely implementation of the work related to the FWIS Young Talents regional Programmes and related endowments managed by UNESCO (Sub-Saharan Africa, Levant, Maghreb, and Middle East), according to the specific timeline for each Programme, including:

  • Provide a summary about the 2024 call for applications (annual timeline, eligible applications, selection procedures, final selection);
  • Set up and coordinate the logistics and communications related to the four regional ceremonies, to be held between October and December 2024;
  • Contribute to the effective and timely establishment and follow-up of the non-standard contracts related to the 2024 endowments.

2. Ensure the monitoring of the 53 regional and national FWIS Young Talents Programmes worldwide, promptly provide information and short briefings about these Programmes when requested by UNESCO CAB, PAX, and SC Sectors, and liaise with the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO Field Offices for communication and advocacy activities

Within the framework of the 2025 edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS International Awards:

3. Prepare, facilitate and participate in-person in the preparatory meetings organized at UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal Headquarters in Paris and the deliberation meeting of the International Jury to be held in November 2024 (dates tbc). 

4. Set up and coordinate the logistics and communications related to the organization of the 2025 FWIS International Awards Ceremony, and the FWIS week of events, to be held in June 2025 in Paris (dates tbc), in close cooperation with the Fondation L’Oréal, its sub-contractors, and UNESCO concerned Sections and Units, notably:


i.    Ensure the overall coordination for the planning, implementation, and follow-up of the different meetings organized in the framework of the 2025 FWIS week;

ii.    provide inputs to the list of speakers, scientific partners and networks to be invited.

iii.   draft the working documents (briefings, presentations, press releases, speeches) required for and during the FWIS week 2025.

5.   Facilitate the coordination of the communication campaign between the Fondation L’Oréal, UNESCO CPE and UNESCO Field Offices, and prepare, in close cooperation with the Science Sector communication team and CPE, communication materials (texts, visuals, social media messages, videos) about the research projects of the five 2025 Laureates.

Within the framework of the L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS partnership more broadly:

6. Coordinate the participation of FWIS Laureates, International Rising Talents and Young Talents in activities and high-level scientific events organized by or with UNESCO, as foreseen in the Partnership Agreement with the Fondation L’Oréal, including the 2025 International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February)


7. Work in close cooperation with the team at Fondation L’Oréal to ensure the smooth running of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Community Platform (, notably by:

a.   Contributing to the organization of online workshops and meetings focusing on scientific exchanges among the FWIS Alumnae.

b.  Providing inputs to the newsletters and communication materials to share with the FWIS community through the Platform

c.   Tracking and monitoring of the FWIS Alumnae’s use of the Platform.

8. Provide relevant information and inputs about the FWIS partnership to briefings and working documents related to gender equality and science.

9. Update the UNESCO webpage dedicated to the FWIS Programme in English and French, in close cooperation with the SC web editor;

10. Assist in the overall coordination and daily activities of the FWIS Programme, including planning, monitoring and reporting of activities.

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



  • University degree in fields related to international relations, international organizations, communication, sciences, etc; or other related discipline.



  • At least five years of relevant professional experience in project management, programme coordination, communication, event organization in an international environment.
  • Experience on the issues pertaining to gender and science.
  • Computer literacy and very good knowledge of videoconferencing facilities (i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge of English and French (written and spoken).



  • Good interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy with ability to build and maintain effective partnerships at all levels.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated capacity to work under tight deadlines. 





  • Knowledge of other UNESCO official language/s:  Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish.



Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and submit one single document  including the following elements:


  1. A letter of interest explaining how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the position.
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume 
  3. Technical and financial proposals/provisional workplan, of no longer than 1500 words (approximately 3 sides of A4), indicating monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered). The consultant will work from his/her own premises. 
  4. The approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment including any inputs that may be required from UNESCO.  


Your application should be submitted as a single document (pdf format) containing the elements listed above, to be uploaded in the application section "Employment History Form"

To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application once submitted.


Please note:


  • That all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information.
  • 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.