United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Consultant (Support Regional Coordination Activities in The Southeast Pacific)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description


Parent Sector : Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Duty Station: Paris, France

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non-Staff

Duration of contract : 7-11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal/External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30 June 2020

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


Under the overall authority of the Director-General and under the supervision of the Assistant Director-general for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (ADG/IOC), the incumbent will assist with the implementation of technical activities at the IOC Marine Policy and Regional Coordination-section" id="link" class="link">Coordination Section within the context of the Project MSPglobal co-financed by the European Commission – Directorate General of Maritime Affaires and Fisheries.

The incumbent will specifically:

  • Support the Project Coordinator in the day-to-day implementation of MSPglobal work plan at the pilot case study in the Southeast Pacific, in line with the description of the action by maintaining the project’s overall integrity and coherence.

  • Contribute to develop the pilot case studies and to assist the project coordinator in responding to change and challenges in coastal and marine environments through further development of science based management tools.

  • Assist in the coordination for the compilation of data and information at the pilot case study and submission of inputs to other activities of the project.

  • Assist the development and maintenance of the MSPglobal information platform and tools.

  • Contribute to enhance the collaboration with relevant public and private stakeholders in the context of the pilot case studies.

  • Contribute to the development of multilingual web-based multimedia products and training materials.

  • Contribute to events, meeting reports and scientific papers and the regular reporting of activities to the head of the MPR Section and MSPglobal Project Coordinator.

  • Assist the Project Coordinator with the production of project outreach, translations and marketing materials in the languages used in the pilot projects.

  • Assist the Project Coordinator in any other related activity that may be assigned by the Management Team.

  • Assist the Head of Section on Marine Policy and Regional Coordination in activities related to the implementation of the IOC-UNESCO and the European Commission Joint Roadmap to accelerate Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning worldwide.



The consultant should hold a postgraduate degree in marine/coastal resources management, environmental sciences, biological sciences, geological sciences or equivalent combined with the use of information/Data Management tools.


At least 5 years of relevant experience at regional, transboundary and international level in project management related to marine and maritime policies in connection with environmental information systems, decision support tools and marine spatial planning.


  • Excellent research, analytical and Problem Solving ability, including taking part in the resolution of issues and in the application of good judgement.

  • Very good inter-personal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations within a multi-cultural environment; ability to work collaboratively as part of a team to achieve organisational goals.

  • Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; work under pressure.

  • Ability to write and speak clearly and effectively, including the ability to draft reports in a concise style and communicate complex scientific information to a broader audience – via visual, written and verbal modes.

  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data to compile and synthesize information in coherent and succinct formats;

  • Excellent coordination and negotiation skills;

  • Specific knowledge on marine/maritime spatial planning, databases and information products.

  • Demonstrated ability to use office equipment with computer literacy in graphic Design, publication design, multimedia products development, web design, web content, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to use GIS software.

  • High attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines;


Excellent knowledge of English and Spanish. Knowledge of French and Arabic will be an asset.


The consultant contract will have a duration of 11 month with a probationary period of 1 month. The appointment is non-career and does not carry any expectancy of renewal or conversion to another contract. Medical health care is not provided.


Interested candidates should complete an on-line application and submit the following:

(a) A Technical Proposal consisting of:

- an up to date curriculum vitae using the UNESCO template, including two references from different institutions that may be contacted,

- a motivation letter indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment,

- an approach and methodology for the assignment, a work plan and comments on the Terms of Reference if any (in brief).

(b) The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars or in euros only. Please show any travel costs separately.

Your proposal and any supporting documents (in English or French) should be submitted in the system as one single document and also send an e-mail to MSPglobal@unesco.org no later than 23.59h (Paris time) on 30 June 2020. E-mail proposals should not exceed 5MB. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment

UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. 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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