National Professional Officer (Social and Human Sciences)

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This is a NO-A contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 1 years of experience, depending on education. More about NO-A contracts.

**OVERVIEW** ------------ Post Number : 4SASHS000XRP Grade : NO-A Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) Duty Station: Apia Job Family: Social and Human Sciences Type of contract : Fixed Term Field Duration of contract : 2 years with possibility of renewal Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 29-JUL-2022 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism **Only candidates who are nationals of Samoa may apply to this position.** Long Description ---------------- **OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST** ----------------------------------------- Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences Sector (ADG/SHS), the direct supervision and guidance of the Director of UNESCO Office in Apia and in close cooperation with relevant staff in the SHS Sector at Headquarters, the incumbent will serve as National Professional Officer for Social and Human Sciences in the UNESCO Office in Apia. The incumbent will work within the frameworks of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the Quadrennial programme and biennial budget (C/5), UNESCO Pacific Strategy and the following instruments specific to the Pacific and/or Small Island Developing States (SIDS): United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the 15 Pacific SIDS, the Joint Country Strategy Plans of each of the 14 Pacific SIDS covered under the multi-country UNSDCF, the SIDS Accelerated Modalities for Action (SAMOA) Pathway, 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as prioritized regionally, regional disability, youth and gender framework, among others. The incumbent of the post will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of UNESCO’s Regular Programme activities as well as extra-budgetary projects in the field of Social and Human Sciences for the UNESCO Office in Apia, covering the sixteen independent countries and one territory in the Pacific, from Papua New Guinea in the West, the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the North, to the Cook Islands in the East and New Zealand in the South; as well as for relevant UNESCO’s contribution to the Common Country Analyses and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks, programme coordination and implementation. S/he will contribute to and support the effective implementation of the UNESCO SHS Sector Strategy and will also play a significant role in policy and strategy direction of the office, in resource optimization and mobilization. Within this context, the incumbent’s main tasks will be to: Long Description ---------------- - Assist in programme and project implementation - Support SHS Sector's C/4 and C/5 planning and implementation of regular programme and extrabudgetary-funded projects ensuring application of human rights based, gender responsive and youth, disability and indigenous groups inclusive approaches. - Identify, propose and participate in the development of joint programming/programme opportunities within the Office for efficient implementation. - Ensure planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all extra-budgetary projects, including of the United Nations (UN) Joint Programmes, and prepare monitoring reports and progress reports for submission to donors, notes, memoranda, briefings and other correspondence and documents, including briefing notes and updates and documentation of the programme meetings. - Support technical assistance, communication and knowledge management - Collect data, recommend and contribute to the development and expansion of a knowledge base on the programme. Synthesize information for technical work and prepare substantive inputs for policy and other technical development. - Stay abreast of developments, advancements and best practices within the areas of responsibility, among development partners and competitors in order to inform and support governments, National Commissions, Ministries and colleagues on policy formulation, project development, resources and best practices. - Ensure administrative backstopping for projects and events and provide technical support to colleagues, other Field Offices and Institutes as related to assignments and priorities. Ensure regular contributions to website, social media, newsletter and printed content and dissemination to colleagues, peers and stakeholders. - Assist UN Joint Programmes, Programming and Partnerships - Contribute to UNESCO's involvement in the UN processes, including the preparation of Common Country Assessments (CCA), UNSDCFs, JACPs and UNESCO Pacific Strategy. - Support the Office to plan, develop and implement outreach strategies and visibility activities aimed at programme and Field Office promotion and expansion. Conduct outreach activities to build partnership with the governments, civil society organizations and the private sector on the development of strategies and policies in the area of SHS. Ensure the participation in the UN Outcome Groups, Joint Programmes and other opportunities that may arise. - Assist in resource mobilization - Seize opportunities that arise in the UN Outcome groups and other fora’s within and outside the Organization to contribute to concept notes and proposals and support donor relations management. - Promote the SHS Flagships on the Ethics of Science and the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; the Global Forum and Roadmap on Antiracism; the work on Youth, Sports and Management of Social Transformation (MOST) among others. - Create synergies and partnerships with local actions to advance the work of SHS. **COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)** ------------------------------------ Accountability (C) Building partnerships (M) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Making quality decisions (M) Planning and organizing (C) Professionalism (C) Results focus (C) Strategic thinking (M) Teamwork (C) **-** ----- For detailed information, please consult the [UNESCO Competency Framework]( **REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS** --------------------------- ***Education*** - Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of social and human sciences, political science, international relations, or a related discipline. ***Work Experience*** - Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of Social and Human Sciences, political science, international relations at the national or sub-regional level. - Experience in the implementation of national or sub-regional projects in the area of Social and Human Sciences. - Experience handling web-based management systems. ***Skills/Competencies*** - Ability to work in a team in a multicultural environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity. - Effective and persuasive communication skills, orally and in writing. - Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills, flexibility, drive and enthusiasm. - Capacity to establish plans and priorities and implement them effectively. - Ability to facilitate collaboration and networking. - Good project management skills. ***Languages*** - Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and good knowledge of Samoan. **DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS** ---------------------------- ***Work Experience*** - Experience in the United Nations system or other international organizations. ***Skills/Competencies*** - Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System. - Knowledge of programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, in particular within the United Nations system. **BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS** ----------------------------- UNESCO’s salaries are paid in local currency (Tala). UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc. For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our [Guide to Staff Benefits.]( Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization. **SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS** ------------------------------------- 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. **Footer** ---------- *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.*

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