The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) is developing and coordinating science programmes on a number of issues including as multiple ocean stressors, ocean acidification, eutrophication, invasive species and ocean deoxygenation. The IOC-UNESCO Secretariat provides support to the day-to-day activities of expert groups, programmes and networks as well in the development of related strategic and outreach material. In relation to ocean deoxygenation the main activities are the Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE)
and support to the coordination of the Global Ocean Oxygen Decade programme (GOOD).

Terms of Reference

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant Director-General of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (ADG/IOC); the Head of the Ocean Science Section (OSS); and the direct supervision of IOC/OSS Programme Specialist Ms Kirsten Isensee, the incumbent will assist in implementing activities on Ocean Deoxygenation. The incumbent will:

  • i. Ensure effective communication among members of GO2NE, including the organization of workshops, webinars, meetings, telephone conferences and the facilitation of email exchange, in particular:

a. Facilitate communication among GO2NE members and GOOD projects at large;
b. Prepare and participate in bimonthly GO2NE/GOOD calls;
c. Support the organisation of the annual GO2NE Meeting;
d. Assist in the further development, scheduling and hosting of the GO2NE webinar series;
e. Review and update of GO2NE/GOOD related webpages;
f. Ensure the communication/news items on IOC and ocean-oxygen webpages.

  • ii. Coordinate and deliver IOC’s and GO2NE’s/GOOD’s contribution to relevant ocean deoxygenation UN processes in particular:

a. Assist in responding to requests to the network and programme;
b. Assist in the preparation of annual submissions on ocean deoxygenation to relevant science/policy documents;

c. Assist in the development of related communication materials and products.

  • iii. Support GO2NE and its co-chairs in the implementation of GOOD activities, in particular:

a. Review and update of the GOOD webpage;
b. Support the steering committee in the development of the Global Ocean Oxygen Database and Atlas;
c. Support the planning, preparation and implementation of a summer school on deoxygenation and ocean acidification;
d. Support the planning, preparation for World Ocean Day events that focus on deoxygenation.

  • iv. Assist the Ocean Science Section with other IOC activities related to other subject areas (including multiple ocean stressors, ocean carbon, State of the Ocean Report etc), as required.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced University degree (Master, PhD) in physics, chemistry, biology, oceanography or environmental science.

Work experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of practical experience in oceanography or marine science and at least 3 years of working experience at the international level.

Skills and competences:

  • Good knowledge of existing international and regional activities, projects and programmes on ocean deoxygenation and climate change
  • Proven experience in science management, coordination of scientific projects or 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 and e-mail
  • Ability to prepare briefings and reports and to communicate technical information to a broad audience, including institutional stakeholders
  • The consultant should be able to work from home with necessary computer equipment and high-speed internet connection available.


  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English

Desirable qualifications:


  • Training in the field of project management, IT and/or international legislation

Skills and competences:

  • Experience in quality control of documents for scientific, policy and general public audiences
  • Computer programming, database management systems, and/or web development
  • Familiarity with UN administrative procedures

Duration of the Contract

The Consultant is appointed for a period of 11 months (with a possibility of extension subject to satisfactory service and availability of funds), on a full-time basis. The Consultant will be paid monthly for the services to be provided under the terms of this contract. The appointment is non-career and does not carry any expectancy of renewal or conversion to another contract. Medical health care is not provided.

Your written proposal should comprise:

(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,
– a description of a proposed approach and methodology for undertaking the assignment.

(b) The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars or in euros only.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation best value for money.

Your proposal should be submitted by email no later than close of business (18:00) on Friday 28 April 2023. Email proposals should not exceed 5MB.

The e-mail addresses for submission are: and (please send to both to ensure your submission is well received and processed).

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