UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO in Kingston, Jamaica


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Kingston

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Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-08-2022

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


The Project Assistant will contribute in the development of the environmental initiatives of the UNESCO Office in Kingston. More specifically, the incumbent will participate in the production of: (i) a mapping instrument and related trainings for sustainable food production based on integrated water management systems. This mapping tool will include reports, scenarios and recommendations, intending to strengthen the agriculture-based rural development plans and strategies, as well as to contribute to closing the gender gap in the food production chain. (ii) A methodology for sex-disaggregated water data collection in the agriculture sector and of gender-responsive indicators for water management for food production. (iii) analytical works on the impact of the increasing costs of living on vulnerable populations, namely rural women households and farmers. This analytical work will utilize quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection and gender-disaggregated information to understand how the global food, energy, water and fertilizer crises are affecting vulnerable groups and sectors – including agriculture households, women and rural communities. (iv) The Office strategy on biodiversity and new biosphere reserves development

The Project Assistant will also carry out the following activities: (i) Administrative and technical assistance to the Programme Coordinator in the implementation of the environmental programmes (ii) Ecological and scientific lookout in the Caribbean for informed programme development and delivery (iii) Propose new ideas and partnerships in the environment sector, including with potential donors (iv) Provide Expert contents, data and information for communication, press articles and Open Editorial purposes. (v) Desktop research on biodiversity, climate change and ocean preservation in the Caribbean. (vi) Participate in meetings and workshops related to SC/IOC projects and provide technical inputs when necessary.


(i) Desktop research (ii) Analytical works and impact assessments (iii) Production of writing reports (iv) Provision of Expert contents, data and information for communication, press articles and Open Editorial purposes. (v) Administrative assistance

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COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (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.


(i) Master’s degree in Sciences, Environment, Water or in Policy analyse/development (ii) Proven writing skills in English (iii) Desktop research experience (iv) Rigor and organizational skills at work (v) 2 References.



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.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States ( last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Tags: biodiversity, climate change, continuous improvement, data collection, development plans, editor, food production, gender parity, impact assessment, integrated water management, knowledge sharing, rural communities, rural development, trainings, vulnerable populations, water management