Chief Of Section for Capacity Building in Science and Engineering

Paris, France
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International Public Sector
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Chief Of Section for Capacity Building in Science and Engineering

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OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST – Chief Of Section for Capacity Building in Science and Engineering

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC) and the direct supervision of the Director of Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building (SC/PCB), the incumbent, as Chief of Section for Capacity Building in the Basic and Engineering Sciences, will be responsible for: defining and driving section priorities and translating those into programmatic and thematic strategies; designing programmes and activities; leading staff in the achievement of priorities; locating and engaging resources; maintaining and pursuing partnerships; and identifying and promoting cross-sectional, -divisional and -programmatic work assigned to the section.

The incumbent will support the Director in strengthening and extending scientific networks for the promotion of scientific and engineering capacity in Centers, Institutes and Chairs, and in developing training and career development opportunities for scientists and engineers through the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP). The incumbent will lead multidisciplinary teams for the achievement of priorities, ensure fund-raising, maintaining and pursuing strategic partnerships and promoting programmatic work in order to deliver a comprehensive basic and engineering sciences strategy.

The Section provides an overarching platform to fulfil UNESCO’s unique mandate in the basic sciences and STEM education. Its purpose is to build human and institutional capacities in the basic sciences and engineering through the development of policy, research, networks, educational and training activities. The Section also services the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) and is the focal point for cooperation with ICTP, TWAS, CERN, SESAME and Scientific Unions and Institutions, with the UNESCO-affiliated centres and Chairs in the field of STEM and manages the related science prizes.The Section prioritises building strong relationships with science and engineeering networks, forging new partnerships, and advocating the adoption of the Science for Sustainable Development framework and development of science systems, as well as the 2030 agenda within the global context.

The incumbent works within the frameworks of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4s), the approved Programme and Budget (C/5), the global and regional development sciecne plans and the SDGs.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply



• Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in basic sciences and/or engineering.

Work Experience

• A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the field of basic sciences and/or engineering.

• Relevant professional experience acquired at the international level.

• Experience in forging partnerships and cooperation, and in driving global science advocacy initiatives.

• Experience in high-level policy advice to Member States or decision-makers in capacity building in science, engineering technology and innovation.

Skills and competencies

• Knowledge of, and commitment to, UNESCO’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.

• Demonstrated skills in science communication and advocacy.

• Ability in planning and setting up training courses.

• Demonstrated record of scientific publications.


• English and French are the working languages of the UNESCO Secretariat. For this post, excellent knowledge of English is required.

Application Closing Date – 25 September 2019

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