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Vacancy Announcement - Social and Human Sciences Programme Specialists Recruitment, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean

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Vacancy Notice

Title : Programme Specialist (Social and Human Sciences)

Domain : Social and Human Sciences
Post Number : 3JMSHS 0001RP
Grade : P­3
Organizational Unit Field Offices
Primary Location JM­Kingston
Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Type of contract : Fixed Term
Salary : 79 600 USD
Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : December 20, 2015

Overview of the Functions of the Post

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director­General for Social and Human Sciences (SHS) and the direct supervision of the Director of the Office,
the incumbent will be responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the UNESCO Social and Human Science
Programme for the countries covered by the Office. He/she will ensure SHS’s contribution to the UNCTs programmatic work and Delivering as One exercise
in the countries covered by the Office. The incumbent in particular will:

  • Plan and implement programme activities to achieve the expected results of the C/5 and UNDAFs of the countries covered by the Office.
  • Identify needs, develop and seek funding for new project proposals to be supported by extra­budgetary sources, and execute those projects.
  • Provide advice to national authorities, peers, management and colleagues on a variety of issues in the field of social and human sciences.
  • Follow the developments and advancements related to the Sector’s fields of competence, in order to advise concerned stakeholders and colleagues on policy formulation, project development, resources and best practices.

Required Qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in social and human sciences, political science, international relations, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in the area of social and human science at national and international level.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing programmes/projects and demonstrated expertise in one of the following domains: management of social transformations, social inclusion, intercultural dialogue, bioethics and ethics of science and technology, youth and sport.


  • Good analytical, organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national/local authorities, relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non­governmental organizations.
  • Proven ability to communicate and negotiate effectively and persuasively (orally an in writing) with various stakeholders at all levels, within and outside the organization.
  • Knowledge of fund­raising and other resource mobilization mechanisms.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relations within a multi­cultural environment.
  • Solid IT skills including knowledge of office software.


  • Excellent / very good knowledge of English (written and spoken).

Desirable Qualifications

Work Experience

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in the UN system or in international development cooperation.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks.
  • Research and analysis in the fields relevant to the post as demonstrated through authored peer­reviewed publications.


  • Knowledge of the geopolitical context of the region.


  • Good/fair Knowledge of French.

Benefits and Entitlements

UNESCO's salaries are calculated in US dollars.They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates.
Other benefits include:30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel ,education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. More details can be found on the ICSC website.
Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking organisation.

A written examination may be used in the Evaluation of Candidates.

UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non­ and under­represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. 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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