Project Coordinator (International Partnership on Blue Carbon)

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Paris, , FR


This position is located in the Ocean Science Section of the IOC headquarters at UNESCO in Paris and reports to the Head of the Ocean Science Section (OSS). Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary of IOC and the direct supervision of the Head of the Ocean Science Section, the incumbent will work in a collaborative team environment and will be responsible to undertake the following tasks and achieve the following objectives:


  • Support the IOC contribution to coordination of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon, which is currently provided by the Government of Australia, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment in managing meetings with IPBC Partners and providing advice on strategic directions of the Partnership.

Events management 

  • Be responsible of the oversight, coordination, preparations, promotion and logistics for the IPBC.

Communication and capacity development

  • Engage with IPBC Partners on topics, needs and opportunities for sharing knowledge and collaboration;
  • Prepare communication products and collating existing guidance materials, for disseminating via website, communication channels and social media;
  • Develop, coordinate and implement knowledge exchange meetings and capacity building activities.

IPBC and the Blue Carbon Initiative

  • Liaise and coordinate on substantive matters related to blue carbon with the IOC blue carbon team in the context of IOC’s participation in the in the Blue Carbon Initiative.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in ocean or environmental science or management.

Professional experience

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in ocean or environmental science or in a science communication and project management role.
  • At least 1 year of professional experience working at the international level.
  • Proven experience in coordination of activities involving multiple partners.
  • Proven experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of science projects/programmes.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills in coordination of activities involving multiple partners.
  • Excellent writing capabilities and ability to prepare briefings and reports and write for various audiences.
  • Ablility to meet project and organizational performance plans within agreed budgets and timescales.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi‐cultural environment and to work effectively in team environment to achieve organizational goals with limited supervision.
  • Good knowledge of existing international activities, projects and programmes on blue carbon.
  • Good computer skills in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet, GIS and Outlook.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) and good knowlegde of French.


  • PhD in ocean or environmental science or management.
  • Training in communication.

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.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


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.





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