Project Consultant, Ocean Acidification – IOC/UNESCO – DL 31 Mar 19

Post title : Project Consultant, Ocean Acidification
Grade: Middle
Organizational unit : Secretariat of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission (IOC), Ocean Science Section
Primary location: IOC Headquarters (Paris, France)
Recruitment open to: External candidates
Type of contract: Consultant
Monthly salary: Approx. 4500 USD
Deadline: 31 March 2019

Main responsibilities
Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the particular supervision of the Head of the Ocean Science Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
i. Ensure effective communication among members of the Executive Council of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), including organization of workshops, meetings, tele-conferences and the facilitation of e-mail exchanges;
ii. Coordinate and deliver IOC’s and GOA-ON’s contribution to relevant UN processes in the area of ocean acidification, in particular, compilation of relevant information for the reports on progress made to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 14.3 (IOC is the custodian Agency for indicator 14.3.1);
iii. Develop ocean acidification information products and contents of training modules with respect to SDG target 14.3, in strong collaboration with the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre and GOA-ON at large;
iv. Support GOA-ON and IOC with respect to the Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification, and the organization and implementation of capacity building activities in the
area of ocean acidification;
v. Assist the Head of the Ocean Science Section with other IOC activities related to ocean acidification, as required;
vi. Perform any other duties related to the Ocean Science Section portfolio, as required.


Required qualifications
Advanced University degree (master, PhD) in physics, chemistry, biology, oceanography or environmental science.
Work experience:
Minimum of 3 year of practical experience in oceanography or marine science and at least 2 year of working experience at the international level.
Skills and competences:
• Good knowledge of existing international and regional activities, projects and programmes on ocean acidification and climate change
• Proven experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of projects/programmes
• Ability to work effectively within a multi‐cultural environment and to work effectively in team environment to achieve organizational goals with limited supervision
• Ability to perform effectively with changing and multiple priorities
• Excellent computer skills; practical experience in Excel, Word, Power Point, Internet, GIS and e-mail
• Ability to prepare briefings and reports and to communicate technical information to a broad audience, including institutional stakeholders
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English
Good knowledge of French

Desirable qualifications:
Education: Training in the field of IT/project management/international legislation
Skills and competences:
• Computer programming, database management systems, and/or web development
• Experience in quality control of documents for scientific, policy and general public audiences
• Familiarity with UNESCO administrative procedures


The Consultant is appointed for a period of 11 months. The appointment is non-career and does not carry any expectancy of renewal or conversion to another contract.


UNESCO will not reimburse any taxes, duties or other contributions for which individuals may be liable in respect of any payments made to them under the terms of their contract.
Individuals issued with a contract for individual consultants or other specialists are covered by UNESCO’s insurance policy for work-related illness, injury, accidents or death whilst performing
their official duties or travelling on behalf of the Organization. The insurance premium for the coverage, as determined by Pension and Insurance Section (HRM/SPI), must be included in the
financial commitment for the contract.
Social Benefits
Individual consultants and other specialists shall be responsible for arranging, at their own expense, any medical insurance that they consider necessary during the contract period. Unless
they are affiliated by virtue of their status as former staff members, they cannot be enrolled in the UNESCO’s Medical Benefit Fund or United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. Individual
consultants and other specialists are not entitled to paid annual or sick leave.
Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.
How to apply?
Please submit a full CV (using the UNESCO template), a motivation letter and a proposal for implementing the activities related to the main responsibilities described in this call, to:
Mr. Salvatore Aricò ( by 31 March 2019 COB (Paris time).



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