Specialised technical consultancy for Amazon Projec, Bolivia

  • Contractor
  • Bolivia

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in


Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-DEC-2022

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


In the framework of the 41 C/5 major programme and under the Amazon and Governance project, and the overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences (SC/EES) and direct supervision of the Chief of Section of Research and Policy, the consultant will support the implementation and coordination at the local level of both projects, in particular with the Bolivian MAB Focal Point and the Beni, Pilón Lajas and Apolobamba biosphere reserves (BR).

Long Description

The scope of the assignment :

  • Contribute to the development of actions allowing the implementation of both projects in the three BR in terms of research, training and support to local initiatives and governance/management issues;
  • Maintain contact with the BR and key stakeholders to ensure follow-up of activities agreed in upon the projects work plans and provide continuous support so that quality results are delivered according to agreed deadlines;
  • Provide support to the scientific committee for data collection (maps, and visual and graphic materials);
  • Provide support on the organization of communication campaigns, training, and workshops in the three BR, and on the youth related activities with both projects;

  • Prepare and submit reports including description of implementation and impact indicators, description of workshops and records of attendees (by gender and age), photos and/or videos, on the implementation and development of activities;

For the purpose of the above-mentioned tasks the consultant is required to go on field missions to the three BR on regular basis to develop in person work with the BR and key stakeholders, support and coordinate the implementation of the activities, collect data, and support the organization of communication, training, and workshops.

Long Description

Schedule and main deliverables

1. Month 1: First identification of initiatives to be supported in 2023-2024 within the Amazon project. Progress report on activities in course for both projects.

2. Month 2: Discussion with BR on the activities to be implemented in 2023-2024; Draft workplan of contract with the Beni and Pilón Lajas BR and progress report on the activities in course, including description of meetings and events when applicable.

3. Month 3: Monitoring of project tasks and BR activities. General report with the development of activities.

4. Month 4: Final narrative report on the Amazon project activities carried out during the first contract with the BR (with impact indicators, photos or videos if available). Workplan of the initiatives to support for the second contract with the Beni and Pilón Lajas BR within the Amazon project. Report on the meetings and workshops and records of attendees (by gender and age), photos and/or videos when applicable.

5. Month 5: Final narrative report on the Governance project activities carried out (with photos or videos). General report on the development of activities carried out within the Amazon project.

6. Month 6: Contribute to the agenda and preparation of the joint dialogue meetings and workshops; monitoring of initiatives carried out by BR. General report with the development of activities.

Long Description

7. Month 7: Support the collection of missing data to feed the geospatial and initiatives databases. General report on the development of activities carried out.

8. Month 8: Monitoring of sustainable initiatives carried out by BR. General report on the development of activities.

9. Month 9: Collection of missing data and monitoring activities. General report with development of project activities, i.e. monitoring of the sustainable initiatives supported and management committees support activities-related.

10. Month 10: Evaluation of the results of the selected initiatives. Accompaniment of the BR and organization of meetings when necessary.

11. Month 11: Missions report and final cost of missions. Final narrative report of activities carried out (with photos or videos), lessons learned and recommendations.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Technical degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of proven professional experience in management, administration or research in conservation areas.
  • At least 2 years of (proven) experience in international cooperation projects and multilateral organisations.
  • Ability to work and communicate with different levels of stakeholders (e.g., governmental and biosphere reserves authorities, Indigenous and local communities, scientists).
  • Willingness to travel to the Bolivian biosphere reserves.


  • At least 5 years of experience with biosphere reserves.


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