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SENIOR SPECIALIST IN HYDROLOGY (Hydrologist from Source to Sea)

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Environment
    • Water Resource Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-24

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Post Number : SC 242

Grade : P-5

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 24-MAR-2020


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



The Senior Specialist in Hydrology will be responsible for designing, leading and coordinating the implementation of UNESCO’s work in the field of Water Sciences and Hydrology (including the International Hydrological Programme (IHP), specifically on Water-related Disasters and Hydrological Change. As Chief of the Hydrological Systems and Water Scarcity Section, the incumbent will design the relevant strategies, policies, objectives and deliverables and define priorities and ensure the implementation of work plans and the achievement of related outcomes described in UNESCO’s medium-term strategy and in the IHP implementation strategy.   

The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Division of Water Sciences and the Secretary of International Hydrological Programme (IHP), under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC).
In particular, the incumbent will:   
• Lead the Hydrological Systems Section to ensure delivery of the expected results and design relevant strategies, policies, objectives and deliverables.

• Direct the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of work plans and regular and extra budgetary initiatives and activities, ensuring the continuous optimization of resources.

• Oversee and manage activities and events in IHP and represent UNESCO and IHP interests at other international organizations and relevant bodies.

• Coordinate publications and dissemination of guidelines and other policy and capacity development materials, documents and other technical products and information.

• Facilitate dialogue across expertise and throughout networks, discussing emerging trends, application of best practices and exchanging ideas between decision-makers and experts on fresh water systems to contribute to the on-demand knowledge, support, advice and guidance on policy development and implementation in coherence with source-to-sea approach.

• Seek extrabudgetary funding to complement available UNESCO regular budget resources and supervise the entire funding process, including developing and writing proposals.

• Promote the IHP, the Section and its programmes to internal and external networks, such as universities, agencies, organizations and ministries; provide advice to create synergies, strengthen and identify key partnerships for increased visibility for the programme.

• Establish and pursue alliances on cross–organizational and –sectional issues and develop working frameworks and systemic approaches to increase capacity.

Long Description COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Building partnerships (M) Leading and empowering others (M) Making quality decisions (M) Managing performance (M) Strategic thinking (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in one of the fields of water sciences or environmental sciences with specialization in water.   

Work Experience

• A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of water resources or hydrology.

• Relevant experience acquired at the international level.

• Experience in water-related disasters and hydrological changes.

• Experience in water resources development.

• Experience in resources and partnerships mobilization.

• Demonstrated experience in management of staff and budget.


Skills and competencies 

• Knowledge of, and commitment to, UNESCO’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.

• Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes, human and financial resources.

• Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

• Proven ability to work collaboratively and to build and maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

• Demonstrated skills in science communication and advocacy.

• Ability in planning and setting up training courses.  



• Excellent knowledge of English or French and working knowledge of the other is required. 



• Ph.D. or equivalent in Natural Sciences.

• Other degrees or training in water sciences, environmental sciences with specialization in water or any other disciplines relevant to the post. 

Work Experience

• University teaching experience and/or service in developing countries.

• Experience in the water sector within a governmental or similar public institution.

• Experience within the United Nations system. 
 Skills and competencies

• Good knowledge of UNESCO programmes and policies in water sciences and of international development policies and institutions. 

• Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish). 


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.


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 achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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