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Project Coordinator


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : IOC/PA 031

Grade : P-3

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) : 31-MAR-2023


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


Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.


MSPglobal 2.0 is a project designed to support the implementation of some of the Actions of the Updated Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning processes worldwide (MSProadmap 2022-2027). The MSProadmap is a joint initiative by IOC-UNESCO and the European Commission. At the global level, the expected project’s result is a pool of practitioners and stakeholders ready to support MSP. For that, tools complementary to the MSPglobal International Guide on MSP will be co-developed together with experts working on specific topics, such as data and climate change. Besides, new capacity development opportunities will be created through a multilingual online training and another edition of the MSPforum. At regional level, the project will focus on transboundary pilots in the Gulf of Guinea and the Western Pacific. Through national and regional activities such as meetings, trainings and workshops, the project will provide support towards institutionally strengthened MSP processes.

Long Description

The Project Coordinator will work under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the direct supervision of the Head of the Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of project’s activities in close consultation with the European Commission, Member States and collaborators:


  • Coordinate and supervise the day-to-day implementation of project activities, ensuring project’s overall integrity and coherence;
  • Liaise, organize meetings and ensure effective communication and exchange of information with the European Commission, beneficiary countries and collaborators (internal and external to UNESCO);
  • Ensure that the project outputs are delivered as identified in the Project Document by:
    • Establishing detailed work plans with the project team and contracted services, with clear tasks, deliverables and timelines;
    • Supervising, reviewing and contributing to the development of MSP tools/studies and trainings materials as well as communication and outreach products;
    • Coordinating, supervising and assisting the organization and implementation of national and regional activities in the Gulf of Guinea and the Western Pacific;
    • Delivering trainings and workshops on MSP;
    • Organizing the 6th International MSPforum.
Long Description
  • Supervise and assist the project knowledge management and communication efforts by working with project team to manage the stakeholder database, project website, social media accounts, communication and outreach resources (e.g., newsletter, brochures);
  • Assist administrative tasks related to the project;
  • Monitor, evaluate and report project activities (every six months) to the European Commission as well as other reports (as requested) on the project;
  • Engage with MSP practitioners and authorities from around the world;
  • Support other IOC-UNESCO activities related to the MSProadmap, such as those in the context of the GEF IW:LEARN project, the Ocean Action 2030 coalition of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade);
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in ocean management or science, international relations, or equivalent.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of experience related to marine policies such as Marine Spatial Planning, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Sustainable Blue Economy at regional or international level, including design, preparation and delivery of tools, plans, studies and capacity development activities, of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level;
  • Experience in project development and management, including coordination of activities, information/knowledge management and project reporting.
  • Experience with organization of international events;
  • Demonstrated experience in support to local, national and international organizations, including support to non-profit and non-government organizations.


  • Excellent coordination, facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated capacity in strategic planning and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills, high attention to details and ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment and to engage effectively with existing and potential institutional beneficiaries and collaborators;
  • Demonstrated experience in support to national and international organizations;
  • Excellent analytical, reporting, writing, editing, and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under tight deadlines;



  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken).


  • Experience supervising teams;
  • Familiarity with the United Nation system and its rules and regulations.



  • Knowledge of French and Spanish.
  • Knowledge of another UNESCO official language (Arabic, Chinese, or 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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 97,592.16 US $.

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 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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