Associate Project Officer (Science)

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Paris, France
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences (SC/EES), and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section of Research and Policy, the Associate Project Officer will support the implementation of the UNESCO-Mand and the Biosphere (MAB) biodiversity research activities in Latin America region.

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

  • Provide technical and scientific support for the preparation and implementation of biodiversity research activities in the countries in the region where MAB is coordinating biodiversity partnerships.
  • Contribute to the preparation of participatory workshops, training material and data collection in biosphere reserves in coordination with UNESCO field offices and in partnership with international scientific partners.
  • Contribute to the analysis of data and inputs from senior experts for the preparation of articles and policy papers about good practices in biosphere reserves.
  • Support the Responsible Officer in the collection of information about on-going research activities related to biodiversity in the IberoMAB network.

Long Description

  • Assist in the preparation of project documents for the reporting to partners and donors and assist in the organization of the experts’ meetings, events and communication; 
  • Draft communication material in cooperation with the responsible officer at SC/EES for the biodiversity partnerships, including the production of key publications and policy documents related to the research on biodiversity in biosphere reserves.
  • Provide support to the Responsible Officer for the monitoring and reporting on the activities through the Results-Based management tool, by providing assistance on the gathering of information, the updating of the project database and for the drafting of support material in liaison with colleagues at Headquarters and in Field Offices.

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 the field of social and political sciences (public policy, geography).

Work experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant professional experience, in the areas of conservation, socio-ecological systems, of which preferably one (1) year at the international level.
  • Field work in the Amazon region.


  • Excellent communication, coordination and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural environment, to establish good working relations with external partners and to work effectively within a team.
  • Close attention to detail and quality of work, and ability to organise work in an efficient manner. 
  • Ability to collect, consolidate, synthesize and analyze information from various sources including in the field. 
  • Knowledge of data base managementt and ability to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Good IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.



  • Ph.D degree in the field of social and political sciences (public policy, geography) and/or specialization in environmental policy and sustainable development.

Work Experience

  • Professional experience acquired in the United Nations System or within international organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and setting up scientific meetings and multi-stakeholders’ workshops.
  • Research on sustainable development.


  • Knowledge of Spanish.
  • Knowledge of  and other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian).


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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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.