Programme Specialist (Science)
Post Number : SC 263
Grade : P-3
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) : 03-JUL-2021
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section on Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, the incumbent shall ensure the planning, implementation and innovation of the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS), programme with particular attention to the need for appropriate policies and practices to enhance the dynamism and recognition of indigenous knowledge of the natural world, including its interface with the sciences, its role in sustainable development, and its inter-generational transmission.
The incumbent will work within the frameworks of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the approved Programme and Budget (C/5) and global development plans such Science for Sustainable Development. In particular the incumbent will:Long Description
- Develop policies and actions that safeguard the dynamism of local and indigenous knowledge (ILK), build synergies with scientific knowledge, strengthen resilience and resource governance, and enhance ILK transmission, with attention to priority groups identified in UNESCO’s 2022-2029 Medium-Term Strategy, in particular indigenous peoples.
- Strengthen linkages and dialogue between local communities and indigenous peoples, scientists, resource managers, decision-makers and/or the private sector in order to reinforce mutual understanding and respect, and establish collaborative partnerships for sustainable development that are rooted in local and indigenous knowledge, practices, values and worldviews.
- Develop partnerships across UNESCO’s programe sectors and UN agencies in order to mobilize intersectoral and inter-agency expertise and collaboration.
- Support UNESCO’s role relating to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) technical support unit on indigenous and local knowledge.
Solicit and coordinate the elaboration of policy documents, reports, pedagogical materials and publications of relevance to indigenous and local knowledge, taking lead responsibility for developing indigenous knowledge and vernacular language content and overseeing all stages of production and distribution.
- Contribute to the elaboration of the Section's programme and priorities, as well as the compilation and organization of relevant information to fulfil requirements for UNESCO programming and reporting, while also assisting in the dissemination of relevant information via diverse media.
- Negotiate with bi- and multilateral funding sources, including private foundations and donors, in order to mobilize extrabudgetary resources for the implementation of projects, activities and events of relevance to the LINKS programmes.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Natural Sciences or other related field.
- A minimum of four years years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of Natural Sciences, of which preferably two years acquired at international level.
- Experience in planning, designing, managing, implementing, and evaluating programmes and projects related to the field of Natural Sciences.
- Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization.
- Relevant work experience at the interface of science and policy.
- Good knowledge of UNESCO's work in the field of Natural Sciences.
- Good analytical, strong negotiating and advocacy skills.
- Demonstrated ability to build, develop, and maintain partnerships.
- Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
- Ability to take initiative and to manage competing priorities, with a strong capacity for accuracy, close attention to detail and quality of work.
- Good knowledge of the regional geopolitical context, challenges and priorities.
- Good IT skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Excellent knowldege of English (both written an oral) and knowledge of French.
- Relevant training in the field of local and indigenous or traditional knowledge systems.
- Direct experience and interaction with indigenous communities.
- Relevant experience in the United Nations system or other multilateral organizations.
- Experience in the organization of international workshops, meetings and events.
- Good knowledge of communication software (database, website, erc.) and social media.
- Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian).
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.SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
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.
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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.Footer
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