OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC) and the functional supervision of Director of the Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, in close collaboration with the Directors of Division of Water sciences, Policy and Capacity Building and Earth and Ecological sciences at Headquarters, the incumbent will act as focal point and in-house expert for Natural Sciences and coordinate the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) applications for natural resources management to contribute to the Africa union Agenda 2063. S/he will work within the framwork of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the approved Programme and Budget (C/5) and global development plans. In particular the incumbent will:
Represent the Natural Sciences Sector in UNESCO’s contribution to STEM education and STI applications in Natural Resources management and environmental resilience as intersectoral programme, with the Africa Union.
Develop and implement programme activities, work plans and funding proposals for major areas of the Natural Sciences Sector’s strategy and its corresponding programmes, projects and activities, including those conducted with partners, and oversee agreements and contracts.
Identify and pursue improvements to scientific systems, services, processes, networks and cooperation for Natural Sciences.
Ensure cooperation with other programme sectors for the formulation of interdisciplinary activities and assist Member States in needs identification, provide advice on cooperation between regional and international centres, on technical support to networks on the establishment of natural science programmes and the preparation of studies, collection, analysis and dissemination of information and peer reviews.
Advise peers, colleagues, partners and governments on policy formulation, programmes, projects and agreements, developments, best practices and emerging trends in area.
Strengthen networks, their activity and performance of relevant institutions for improved services and knowledge sharing, increased partnerships, joint programming and integration to regional and international infrastructures.
Facilitate communications and their interactions among themselves and with decision makers, provide scientific guidance and technical advice, propose and implement joint activities, establish centres for exchange and monitor, evaluate and report.
Supervise the preparation of scientific material based on research and training findings and coordinate the editing and publication of subject matter specific technical notes, guidelines and emerging models.
Mobilize extra budgetary resources to support sector-wide planning, science policy analysis, Natural Sciences sector assessment and management among Member States in line with country policy priorities and develop a funding and communication strategy for an assigned area within the SC programme and engage with donors to generate additional extra-budgetary resources.
Supervise project consultants, experts, and other service providers, and follow through on the dissemination of results.