The upcoming transition from the MDGs to the post 2015 development agenda offers African countries the opportunities for stepping up efforts in the areas of poverty reduction, education, food security, disease control, access to water and sanitation, gender equality and the development of partnerships, while ensuring this happens in an overall context of sustainable development. UNESCO under its science programme provides technical advice and support to African member states to address issues of policy and governance, capacity building in science, technology and innovation, water security, environmental sustainability and resilience building to combat climate change and enhance disaster risk management.
Member states in Southern Africa have identified water security, energy access, food security and youth employability as key priorities for poverty reduction in the region. UNESCO’s response to providing long-term solutions to member states includes resilience building, capacity development and preparedness. These response strategies are essential to combating these regional challenges using our expertise in education, communication, science and technology and water management. It is within this framework that UNESCO seeks to engage a consultant to be part of the team to provide expertise in integrated water management and use and innovative environmental sustainability related to climate change variability such as drought, flood and extreme temperatures.
Under the overall authority of the Director for the Regional Office for Southern Africa and the direct supervision of the Head of Section for Science, UNESCO seeks to engage the services of a water management specialist initially for a period of three months, with possible extension, with the following specific objectives:
- Identify strategic areas of focus for policy advice and technical assistance to member states in water system management for fund mobilisation.
- Develop tools and strategies for resilience building and climate change preparedness.
- Develop proposals for integrated water management for Southern Africa, focusing on the nexus between water-energy and food security.
- Provide advice on water management and related areas in the region.
- Advanced University Degree (equivalent to Master’s level or PhD) in the Work Experience.
- A minimum of 10 years of progressive responsible relevant experience in at least two of the following fields: Environmental science, Civil engineering, IWRM, energy-water-food security nexus and Hydrology, with at least five years at the international level.
- Managerial and fund raising experience.
- Excellent knowledge of the global water security and environment issues.
- Sound knowledge and understanding of international hydrological systems, and of the energy-water-food security nexus.
- Knowledge of UNESCO's mandate, its priorities and activities.
- Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
- Proven analytical skills including demonstrated ability to provide high-level advice.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely.
- Experience in resource mobilisation and proposal development.
- Proven ability to communicate, advocate, and negotiate with colleagues, staff and stakeholders at all levels inside and outside the Organization.
- Demonstrated leadership, management and organizational skills, with proven ability to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
- Proven ability to lead and motivate a team in a multicultural environment; Good IT Skills including knowledge of office software.
- Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other.
- Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system.
This will be at the rate for a mid-scale UN P3 level and negotiable
- 15th September to 15 December, 2015 with a possibility for extension
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
Please forward your application to;
Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng,
Head of Science, UNESCO,
not later than 5th September, 2015.