Project Officer (Surface water and groundwater conjunctive management)

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Paris, France
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Overview of the functions of the post
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC), the supervision of the Director of Division of Water Sciences (DIR/SC/HYD) and Secretary of International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section on Groundwater Systems and Settlements (SC/HYD/GSS), the incumbent will provide his/her expertise in support of the execution of the component related to SC/HYD/GSS Section, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) extra-budgetary funds projects implemented by SC/HYD/GSS and will have the task of defining in conjunction with senior management, priorities for the comprehensive research, studies and activities on surface water and groundwater conjunctive management for the implementation of extra-budgetary projects implemented by SC/HYD/GSS.

She/he will also be responsible for ensuring the development of extra-budgetary projects management initiatives for the section on these matters going from funding proposals to the design, management and reporting for projects assigned by the Chief of Section. The incumbent shall manage and report on extra-budgetary project activities to the Chief of Section according to UNESCO procedures.

The incumbent in particular will:

  • In coordination and cooperation with the Chief of Section of SC/HYD/GSS, develop projects, programme and funding proposals, as well as coordinate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of work plans for extra budgetary initiatives and activities, ensuring the continuous optimization of resources and oversee agreements and contracts. The incumbent will in particular contribute to the on-going extra-budgetary projects funded by the GEF implemented by SC/HYD/GSS: “Enabling implementation of the Regional Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for the rational and equitable management of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS)”, “Improving the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), Knowledge-based Management and Governance of the Niger Basin and the Iullemeden-Taoudeni/Tanezrouft Aquifer System (NB-ITTAS)” and in this capacity, provide support for the project’s implementation;
  • Identify sources to secure financial resources to expand the portfolio of SC/HYD/GSS extra-budgetary projects in line with IHP-VIII: Water Security and in particular Theme II: Groundwater in a changing environment;
  • Provide technical support in the coordination, development and implementation of activities related to management and technologies for water supply and sanitation in line with IHP-VIII: Water Security and in particular Theme IV: Water and Human Settlements. Ensure consultative support and execute technical assistance and capacity development projects in strategic areas of UNESCO’s IHP mandate, as well as provide intellectual and strategic advice on the alignment of the Transboundary Aquifers Resources Management initiatives with the tenets of
  • Provide direct follow up to all the administrative processes related to the tasks assigned to him/her;
  • Provide all necessary information for the preparation of the administrative formats for the organization of meeting and travels of projects involved experts;
  • Provide his/her contribution for the establishment of programmes for the organizing consultations, training events and technical events;
  • Plan, develop and implement outreach strategies, aimed at expanding and communicating programmes to strenghting the Policy/Science interface;
  • Identify emerging trends, valorizing the replication of best practices under the focal areas of the IHP VIII related to Groundwater resources;
  • Represent the Chief of Section at internal and external meetings and networks events related to his/her area of expertise and serve as focal point within the division on his/her areas of expertise and experience including in events/governing meetings of the related water center and chairs associated to the theme;
  • Actively participate in the Division of Water sciences cross-cutting activities and projects and perform other duties and responsibilities as per the Chief of SC/HYD/GSS Section and of the DIR/SC/HYD direction.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Ph.D or equivalent degree in the field of hydrogeology, water resources management / engineering)

Work Experience

  • At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant experience in the field of water resources management, hydrology and water resources research, of which at least three (3) years acquired at the international level;
  • Experience of the management of water resources development and/or water services projects in practices (water utilities);
  • Working experience in hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources planning for development and for international scientific cooperation, particularly with international water resources programmes;
  • Experience in implementing and managing scientific operational projects/programmes in the field of water sciences;
  • Knowledge of the differences on the needs for developed and developing countries towards the provision of water services and institutional frameworks for water utilities.

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of UNESCO IHP´s work in the field of groundwater research.
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills, including solid drafting capabilities.
  • Proven fundraising and resource mobilization skills.
  • Managerial competencies
  • Good IT Skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • Excellent/very good knowledge of English and French and good knowledge of Spanish.

How to apply

Interested candidates are expected to incorporate in one page a rational explaining why their qualifications render them appropriate for the position and a CV, and send the application to Ms. Nastassja Matrundola ( ). Please label the subject line “Project Officer – Groundwater extra-budgetary funds”. The deadline is 9 December 2018 at midnight (Paris time). Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Nastassja Matrundola.