Project Officer

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Paris, France 🇫🇷

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Paris

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Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 29/09/2023

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



Within the framework of the UNESCO Programme and Budget 2022- 2023 (41 C/5) and of the Ninth Phase of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, and in line with the activities of the Section on Groundwater Sustainability and Water Cooperation (GSW), the Division of Water Sciences of UNESCO is currently implementing a series of projects and activities in the Thematic Areas of Groundwater and Water Cooperation.

Within this context, UNESCO is looking for a Project Officer who will support the Division of Water Sciences and particularly the Section on Groundwater Sustainability and Water Cooperation (GSW), with the planning, organization, execution and reporting of a series of projects and activities, related to Thematic Areas of Groundwater and Water Cooperation.

Overview of the function of the post 
Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the Division of Water Sciences, the overall supervision of the Chief of the Section of Groundwater Sustainability and Water Cooperation, and the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist in charge of Water Cooperation, the Project Officer will carry out the following duties:

In the context of groundwater governance and transboundary water cooperation initiatives of the GSW section, including activities related to the monitoring of SDG indicator 6.5.2, the Transboundary Water Coalition, and the support to Member States in aquifer management and the implementation of conjunctive water resources management approach:

• Actively participate in technical team meetings, working groups, and stakeholder meetings, providing meaningful input and collaboration.

• Draft technical and background documents, concept notes, and other necessary written materials to support the projects’ activities.

• Support the Programme Specialist in the planning, organization and execution of workshops, capacity-building events, meetings, and prepare minutes or reports as needed.

• Undertake the review of national reports and perform data compilation and analysis as needed to provide valuable insights.

• Keep all pertinent records up-to-date, which includes compiling and updating relevant reports and stakeholder contacts.

• Deliver contributions to the creation of annual reports, progress reports and other necessary documents, ensuring they are prepared in the necessary formats, for internal and external (e.g. annual UNSD SDG reporting) purposes.

• Assist in financial planning activities, ensuring that budgetary considerations are effectively tracked and reported.

During the assignment period, the Project Officer shall work full-time at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

UNESCO may assign additional tasks to the contract holder, provided that these tasks are consistent with the functions set out above.

The duration of the contract is for 1 year, renewable for a second year, pending satisfactory performance and funds availability.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)


•    MsC in Water or Environmental Sciences/Policy or similar topic.

•    Minimum 4 years of relevant working experience in research and/or project management, with at least 2 years in an international setting.
•    Proven experience in establishing and updating databases  for  data compilation and analysis to produce statistics and reports.
•    Proven experience in conceptualizing and drafting reports and concept notes.

•    Excellent project management and coordination skills.
•    Ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural environment.
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to draft, edit and produce reports on relevant issues.
•    Strong IT skills, including with Microsoft Office software. 
•    Ability to use project management software.

•    Excellent knowledge of English or French (oral & written) and good knowledge of the other language. 


•    PhD in water sciences or environmental sciences.

•    Previous working experience with UNESCO would be an asset.
•    Familiarity with transboundary water cooperation issues and the Global Water Agenda would be an asset.

•    Knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


The remuneration paid to the service contract (SC) holder is not exempt from any income taxes which may be levied by the French tax authorities. The SC Holder is affiliated to the French social security scheme (Régime général de la sécurité sociale et des prestations familiales). Consequently, the employees’ social contributions to this scheme will be deducted from the gross remuneration paid by the Organization. UNESCO is not subject to the French unemployment scheme (UNEDIC – Pôle Emploi) and complementary retirement schemes (Retraite complémentaire Agirc/Arrco).

Please note that UNESCO is a no-smoking Organization.

Only candidates resident in France with a valid work permit, or nationals from the European Union, may apply for this post


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. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

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.

UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. 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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