04.09.2014 - UNESCO Venice Office

Vacancy notice: Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Deadline: 4 November 2014)

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Domain : Field Operations Coordination - Management; Post Number : 1ITBSP0001RP; Grade : D-1; Organizational Unit : FIELD OFFICES; Primary Location : IT-Venice; Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates; Type of contract : Fixed Term; Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : November 4, 2014

UNESCO Careers : DIRECTOR OF UNESCO REGIONAL BUREAU FOR SCIENCE AND CULTURE IN EUROPE 1ITBSP0001RP  (D-1)

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

Under the overall authority of the Director-General and the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General of the Bureau for Strategic Planning (ADG/BSP) as regards management, administration and reporting, as well as in close consultation with the Assistant Director-Generals (ADGs) for the Natural Sciences and for Culture, the Director of the UNESCO Office in Venice will expand, manage and monitor the regional sciences and culture programmes of the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in developing workplans and driving their implementation, aimed at responding to priority needs of the region in the area of sciences and culture with special focus on countries in the South East Europe and initiatives benefitting Central European countries and in close cooperation with other UNESCO presence in the South Mediterranean.   This also will include the effective and efficient management of the Bureau’s human and financial resources, administration and operations, in line with the Organization’s policies and procedures, including effective internal controls. Moreover, the incumbent will participate, or ensure the participation of the Bureau, in all meetings and activities of the United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) in the region.   The incumbent will also carry out the above mandate under the guidance of the Bureau’s Steering Committee and the advice of the Scientific Council.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • University degree in a domain of relevance to UNESCO 

Work Experience

  • At least ten (10) years of progressive professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system or within other international or national institutions, including a wide experience in development issues related to UNESCO’s areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations
  • Experience in advocacy, resources and partnership mobilization

Skills/Competencies

  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities
  • Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness
  • Proven skills in administration and the management of financial and human resources
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes and financial resources, as well as exercise appropriate supervision and control
  • Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, as well as implementing them effectively, and in devising implementation plans
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners, and demonstrated partnership development and fundraising experience
  • Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment, motivate teams in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, and exercise supervision and control, as well as ensure continuous training and development of staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in front of a broad range of constituents as well as the news media
  • Basic computer skills

Languages

  • Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in one of the working languages (English or French) of the Organization and working knowledge of the second language. Training will be mandatory in order to acquire the required level of the second working language in a reasonable timeframe

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Courses/degree in a management-related field

Work Experience

  • Experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, development

Skills/Competencies

  • Broad general culture, good geopolitical knowledge of the region, sound analytic capacities
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated managerial skills combined with flexibility
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks
  • Excellent interpersonal and representational skills, as well as ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds
  • Good knowledge of the United Nations system

Languages

  • Knowledge of other official United Nations languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset
  • Knowledge of Italian would be an asset



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