Job Opportunity: Ocean Acidification Project Consultant with UNESCO


Parent Sector: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Duty Station: Paris

Duration of contract: From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to: External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): 13-Feb-2020

Overview of the Post

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the particular supervision of the Head of the Ocean Science Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  1. Ensure effective communication among members of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) Executive Council, including the organization of workshops, meetings, telephone conferences and the facilitation of email exchange;
  2. Coordinate and deliver IOC's and GOA-ON's contribution to relevant ocean acidification UN processes, in particular compilation of relevant information for the reports on progress made to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 14.3.1;
  3. Support GOA-ON and IOC in the development, organization and implementation of acidification information products and training modules with respect to the SDG target 14.3, in strong collaboration with the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre and GOA-ON at large, including the development of technical protocols, reporting requirements, best practices, and their publication via the IOC website;
  4. Assist in the development of a new IOC publication, the IOC Report on the State of the Ocean, and in the coordination of inputs to the Report to be gathered from the relevant IOC Expert Groups, as well as in the collation, quality control and editing of the contributions received into the form of a draft Report.
  5. Assist the Head of the Ocean Sciences Section with other IOC activities related to Ocean Acidification as well as other subject areas of competence to the Section, as required.

Required Qualifications


Advanced University degree (master, PhD) in physics, chemistry, biology, oceanography or environmental science.

Work experience:

Minimum of 3 year of practical experience in oceanography or marine science and at least 2 year of working experience at the international level.


Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English

Good knowledge of French

Desirable Qualifications

Education: Training in the field of IT/project management/international legislation

Skills and competences:

  • Computer programming, database management systems, and/or web development
  • Experience in quality control of documents for scientific, policy and general public audiences
  • Familiarity with UNESCO administrative procedures

For more information and how to apply, click here.

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