The Division of Water Science comprises three Sections covering:
Hydrological Systems and Water Scarcity,
Groundwater Systems and Settlements,
Eco-hydrology, Water Quality and Water Education.
The Division is responsible for the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, an intergovernmental Programme for freshwater science and education and its secretariat, and cooperates with the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). The Division aims to support Member States at national, regional and global levels in advancing science and capacity for sustainable management of fresh water. The Division coordinates programs in freshwater sciences for the implementation of the UNESCO Medium-Term Strategy (C4), the Programme and Budget (C/5) and the IHP strategic plan, in line with water relevant international commitments such as the Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 6, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework, and the New Urban Agenda with special emphasis on UNESCO’s two global priorities, Africa and Gender.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC) and based on the principle of delegation of authority, the Director will lead the Division of Water Sciences to ensure the efficient planning, management and implementation of the freshwater programmes of UNESCO. He/she will supervise the 3 Section Chiefs and coordinate with the UNESCO Field Units. He/she will serve as Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme. As a key member of the Senior Management Team of the Sector, he/she will advise ADG/SC on strategic, technical, operational, human resource and budgetary issues, and provide strategic guidance and direction to UNESCO IHP programme ensuring effective mechanisms and procedures for cooperation within UNESCO and within the UN system. In addition, the Director is responsible for coordination with the UNESCO water family and freshwater.
In particular the incumbent shall:
Act as Director of the Division of Water Sciences and the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in the freshwater related programme delivery; Ensure that IHP activities including those performed by the UNESCO water family are in coherence with the programme on freshwater set by UNESCO Member States through the IHP strategic action plans; support and facilitate IHP Phase IX [2022 -2029) and the following IHP phases;
Develop collaborative action within the network of water-related centres and Chairs as well as with partners/members of the different IHP initiatives and networks; Identify and develop new activities of strategic importance; Design and implement comprehensive plans for strengthening coordination with all freshwater activities in accordance with the instructions given by the General Conference, by the Executive Board and by the Director-general of UNESCO;
Ensure coordination and cooperation with other United Nations agencies, in particular within the United Nations frameworks such as UN Water and ensure contributions to all UNESCO and UN-wide reporting requests;
Provide strategic input for the preparation of the eight-yearly medium-term strategy and the biennial programme and budgets of UNESCO, in line with international commitments such as the Agenda 2030, the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda and the recommendations by the IHP governing bodies;
Act as Secretary of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP): Oversee the preparation of the meetings of the Intergovernmental Council of the IHP, of its committees and its Bureau, providing the Secretariat for these meetings and, if required, represent the Director-General at them;
Establish and maintain good relations with Member States for the purpose of promoting their involvement in the activities and, in particular, ensuring liaison with the National Committees for IHP and developing exchanges of information among these Committees;
Identify and create opportunities for resource mobilization and actively raise extrabudgetary funds in consultation with SC field office colleagues; Prepare sound proposals for fundraising at the government and private sector level and ensure UNESCO’s participation in the design and implementation of projects/activities benefiting from major international, regional and national financial mechanisms;
Manage the Division’s human and financial resources, including provision of leadership, on-time performance feedback, coaching and well-being support to staff. Develop and maintain effective communication channels with Division staff and establish mechanisms for building, enhancing and promoting teamwork and cohesiveness in a complex and priority-shifting environment. Promote good practices in people management.