Job Description

Director OF LIAISON OFFICE IN ADDIS ABABA AND UNESCO REPRESENTATIVE TO ETHIOPIA Post Number : 3UYPAX0001RP Grade : D-1 Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX) Duty Station: Montevideo Job Family: External Relations Type of contract : Fixed Term Duration of contract : 2 years Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-JULY-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST The UNESCO Office in Montevido has a dual function: Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean and Cluster Office covering five Member States (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay). Under the overall authority of the Director-General, the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-general for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) as regards the overall functioning of the Office and representational functions, and that of the Assistant Director-General for Sciences (ADG/SC) as regards the programmatic aspects related to the functions of the Office as Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in close consultation with other Programme Assistant Directors-General (ADGs) as regards the cluster function of the Office, the incumbent acts as Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean and Cluster Office for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and as UNESCO Representative to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The incumbent works within the framework of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategies (C/4s), approved Programmes and Budgets (C/5s), the Priority Gender Equality Action Plan and international agreed development agendas such as Agenda 2030, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework, in particular as regards to their regional and subregional dimensions.

The incumbent works to ensure development and implementation of consistent strategies and to improve the overall delivery, promotion and accountability of the sciences programme in the region.

The incumbent positions UNESCO as a trusted development partner in the countries covered by the Office by providing intellectual, strategic and operational leadership to the Office, participating in the activities of the UN at the national level in the countries covered by the Office and at the regional level, and managing external relations and partnerships.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Professionalism (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Building partnerships (M) Driving and managing change (M) Leading and empowering others (M) Making quality decisions (M) Managing performance (M) Strategic thinking (M) For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in a discipline related to UNESCO’s mandate, public or business Administration or international relations, or in the field of sciences.
Work Experience
  • At least fifteen (15) years of progressive professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system, other international, national or private sector institutions, including a wide experience in diplomatic work or development issues related to UNESCO’s areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and resources mobilization.
  • Proven partnership experience with successful implementation of partners at global, local and community levels.
  • Professional experience in the field of sciences.
Long Description Skills & Competencies
  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes and projects, financial and Human Resources, as well as to exercise appropriate supervision and control.
  • Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, as well as exercise supervision and control and ensure continuous training and development of staff.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing; demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.
  • Excellent knowledge in one of the working languages (English or French) of the Organization and good knowledge and drafting skills in Spanish.
  • Courses/degree/training in a management-related field.
Work Experience
  • Experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, development.
Skills & Competencies
  • Broad general culture, good geopolitical knowledge of the region, sound analytic capacities.
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated managerial skills combined with flexibility.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Good knowledge of sciences programmes, initiatives and conventions.
  • Good knowledge of the United Nations system.
  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS 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.

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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.

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