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Associate Project Officer (IOC)

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-22

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Post Number : IOC/PA 024

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 22-SEP-2021


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

Initial duration of contract is one year with possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.



The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO/IOC), is leading the implementation of the project Strengthening the Resilience of Coastal Communities in the North East Atlantic, Mediterranean Region (NEAM) to the Impact of Tsunamis and Other Sea Level-Related Coastal Hazards (the project). The project is funded by a grant from the European Commission (DG-ECHO).  
The main objective of the project will be to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities in NEAM Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System (TWS) countries to tsunamis and other sea level-related hazards. The overall impact that the project will seek to achieve will be to reduce risk, increase safety and enhance the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to coastal hazards in Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey. 

Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (ADG/IOC) and supervision of the Head of the Tsunami Unit (IOC/TSU), the incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the IOC Tsunami Programme Specialist in charge of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-easter Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS).  
The Project Coordinator will support the implementation, organization and delivery of project activities. In particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks: 

  • Support the IOC Tsunami Programme Specialist in charge of the ICG/NEAMTWS in the daily implementation of the project work plan and activities based on the agreements between IOC-UNESCO and the European Commission (DG-ECHO).
  • Manage, coordinate and implement project activities in the concerned countries in close communication and collaboration with Tsunami National Contacts (TNCs) of the participating countries, and relevant ICG/NEAMTWS Working Groups and Task Teams. 
  • Organize a management framework to ensure that results are aligned with the key outcomes of the project, and manage project contracts, preparing project work plans and progress reports and budgets.
  • Organize an external project evaluation and implement its key recommendations.
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical expert meetings, capacity-building workshops, training material and data collection in coordination with UNESCO field offices and in partnership with relevant international scientific partners.
  • Prepare and organize activities related to the implementation of the project Communication and visibility plan.
  • Provide support to the Programme Specialist for the monitoring and reporting on the activities through the internal reporting tool, by providing assistance on the gathering of information, the updating of the project database and for the drafting of support material.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (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


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in the field of Earth Sciences or a related field. 

Work Experience

  • At least two (2) years of relevant work experience in coordinating and implementing projects, in an international context. 

Skills and competencies 

  • Integrity, reliability and sense of commitment in the execution of duties.
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools (ERP).
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capacity to build and maintain partnerships.
  • Teamplayer, ability to work in a multicultural environment with a sensitivity to the local context.
  • Ability to adjust priorities and manage tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Strong IT skills including knowledge of MS Office.


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


  • Certificate or training in tsunami early warning systems, data base management, qualitative and quantitative analysis or project management.

Work Experience

  • At least 1 year of experience acquired at the international level in coordinating and implementing projects. 
  • Previous assignments as Project Coordinator for mid-size projects.
  • Proven working experience with GIS software.

Skills and Competencies

  • Proven ability in planning, coordinating and setting up disaster risk tools in countries.
  • Acquaintance with the rules, regulations, administrative procedures and standard practices of an International Organization. 
  • Knowledge of tsunami early warning systems, data base management, qualitative and quantitative analysis.


  • Good knowledge of Arabic (written and spoken). 
  • Good knowledge of another official UNESCO language (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 full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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 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 highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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