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Programme Assistant - Natural Sciences Sector


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Quito
  • Grade: GS-4, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Environment
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-19

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Quito

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Standard Duration of Assignement : [[filter13]]

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-AGO-2022


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

(Only candidates who are entitled to work in Ecuador and reside in the city of Quito may apply to this position)



Nombre del Sector en el que se inserta la contratación: Ciencias Naturales
Título del contrato: Programme Assistant - Natural Sciences Sector
Tipo de contrato: Service Contract
Ubicación y modalidad de trabajo: Quito, Ecuador - Presencial


The incumbent will assist and support to the National Officer for Science and the Office Director in the implementation of activities in research, science, technology and innovation and capacity building to strengthen the capacities of universities, research institutions, among others, in advancing the Science sector agenda and will also assist in the develop and implement of activities under the supervision of the National Officer for Science. The incumbent will work within the frameworks of UNESCO's Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the approved Programme and will aim to liaise effectively with the internal staff to bring new extra-budgetary resources to strengthen and reach the ambitious goals of the UNESCO office in Quito, which serves four countries with political, social, and economic challenges and which expect effective responses: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.


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Educación y experiencia:

• University degree in one of the fields of Basic Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environmental Economics or related. (Master's degree is a plus).

Conocimientos, habilidades y destrezas:

• Good analytical, organizational and project management skills.
• Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to collect, consolidate, synthesize, and analyze information from various sources.
• Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment and with relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
• Proven ability to communicate and negotiate effectively and persuasively (orally and in writing) with various stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the organization in Basic Sciences.
• Solid IT skills including knowledge of office software.


• Excellent level of Spanish (native or bilingual), written and spoken.
• Good level of English, written and spoken.


• Management of procedures and management of the United Nations system and UNESCO.


The professional will perform their tasks and responsibilities in person and virtually in the City of Quito, under the overall authority of the Director of the Office and the supervision of the National Officer for Science, of UNESCO in Quito.

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. 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. 

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.

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