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Online Call – Expression of Interest for SC/PCB/SII Temporary Position

01 July 2019

ONLINE CALL – Expression of Interest for

SC/PCB/SII Temporary Position




Please be advised that the UNESCO Section for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge (SII) is calling for Expressions of Interest for a Temporary Post for the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Programme. The Temporary Post is six months in duration. Applicants should write to


Date of submission of emails is the Close of Business (17h00 CEST, GMT+2), 15 July 2019. Your email submission should include an expression of interest and motivation for this Temporary position and a curriculum vitae providing evidence of your relevant experience and qualifications. Submissions may be in English or French.


Domain: Natural Sciences Sector, Science Policy and Capacity Building Division, Section for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge


Temporary Grade: P2

Contract duration: 15 August 2019 to 15 February 2020 (6 months)

Primary Location: Paris, France



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences , under the guidance of the Director of the Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building and the direct supervision of the Chief of Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section, the Temporary staff shall assist in the planning and implementation of the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme, with particular attention to the need for appropriate policies and practices to enhance the dynamism and recognition of indigenous knowledge of the natural world, including its interface with the sciences, its role in sustainable development, and its intergenerational transmission.


More specifically, the Temporary staff will:

  • Provide support to the development of actions that safeguard the dynamism of local and indigenous knowledge (ILK), build synergies with scientific knowledge, strengthen resilience and resource governance, and enhance ILK transmission in climate vulnerable regions. This includes coordinating organizational and logistical support for programme events and activities;
  • Assist with the strengthening of linkages and dialogue between local and indigenous communities, scientists, resource managers, decision-makers, funders and/or the private sector;
  • Assist in the development of partnerships across UNESCO’s programme sectors and UN agencies in order to mobilize intersectoral and interagency expertise and collaboration;
  • Assist in the coordination of on-going policy documents, reports, methodological materials, pedagogical materials and publications of relevance to local and indigenous knowledge; and provide support as necessary in all stages of production and distribution;
  • Contribute to the compilation and organization of relevant information to fulfil UNESCO programming and reporting requirements.





  • University degree in the natural sciences, social sciences, or a field of relevance to local/ indigenous / traditional knowledge.



  • A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in the field of natural and/or social sciences, including experience in the area of local/ indigenous / traditional knowledge at the local community, regional and international levels, with at least 2 years at the international level;
  • Proven experience in the development, implementation and management of programmes/projects in natural sciences, social sciences or interdisciplinary fields;



  • Good research, analytical, problem solving, organizational and coordination skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills;
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and partners;
  • Ability to manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work;
  • Proven experience in fund raising and mobilization of resources;
  • Good knowledge in the area of environmental science and policy;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to prepare quality reports, documents, briefs for scientific audiences as well as for the public.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective, professional and collegial working relations within a multicultural environment.



  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and working knowledge of French. Solid text drafting skills are essential.





  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in the natural sciences, social sciences, or a field of relevance to local/ indigenous /traditional knowledge.



  • Prior experience working with UNESCO;
  • Experience in the organization of international workshops, meetings and events;
  • Experience working directly and interacting with indigenous communities at the local, regional and / or international level.



  • Knowledge in advanced office and communications software (database, website, etc.) and social media;
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System.



  • English, French or Spanish.