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Call for applications: evaluators for UNESCO Global Geoparks (2022)

In order to carry out field missions in candidates to UNESCO Global Geoparks as well as re-validation missions, UNESCO and the Global Geoparks Network are launching a call for evaluators.

Application deadline: 15 April 2022
Geologist conducting field work

In accordance with the Statutes of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (Article 5) and the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks (Article 4), UNESCO, in conjunction with the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), establishes and maintains a roster of evaluators.
The UNESCO Global Geopark Bureau selects evaluators who are on this roster to carry out field evaluations of new applications for aspiring UNESCO Global Geoparks and revalidation missions of established UNESCO Global Geoparks.
These evaluators have combined and proven professional and/or research-teaching experience relevant for UNESCO Global Geopark development (geological heritage, geoconservation and environmental management, community engagement, sustainable development and geotourism, public education and communication of geoscience).

Evaluators serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their respective States or any other affiliated entities. The UNESCO Secretariat Evaluators should ensure they have no conflict of interests regarding new UNESCO Global Geopark applications or those requiring revalidation. Evaluators do not seek or accept instructions from governments or other authorities and do not conduct missions in their own country.

The UNESCO Global Geoparks Bureau assigns two evaluators from the roster of evaluators per field evaluation/revalidation mission.

Evaluation Teams shall independently:

  1. Evaluate applications, extensions and revalidations for UNESCO Global Geoparks on the basis of the strict guidelines provided by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council;
     
  2. Prepare a report to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council on the applications, extensions and revalidations evaluated.

Procedure for registration in the roster of evaluators

Each individual wishing to become an evaluator for UNESCO Global Geoparks should fill the application form for evaluators for UNESCO Global Geoparks and send it to the UNESCO Global Geopark Secretariat (Kristof Vandenberghe, k.vandenberghe@unesco.org) and to GGN President (Nikolaos Zouros, nzour@aegean.gr), accompanied by their CV and the necessary documentation and references.

 

Criteria

The evaluators take note and respect the Statutes of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP), the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks, the Terms of Reference, as well as the Guidelines for Field Inspection Missions for UNESCO Global Geoparks.

They must be ready to dedicate time to carry out the evaluation/revalidation missions and study a number of documents related to the UNESCO Global Geopark applications and revalidations.

A good knowledge of and ability to speak fluently and understand English language is required.

Each evaluator should fulfil at least two of the criteria below:

  • Be/have been a manager or representing geoscientist in a “green card” holding UNESCO Global Geopark for at least four years;
     
  • Be/have been a member of the scientific committee of a “green card” holding UNESCO Global Geopark for at least four years; 
     
  • Must have proven combined scientific or professional experience relevant to UNESCO Global Geopark development, for at least five years, and backed by a corresponding recognized higher education degree in at least three of the following areas:

            Geological Heritage;
            Sustainable Development and Geotourism;
            Community engagement for the creation and management of UGGp's;
            Public education and communication of Geoscience;
            Geoconservation and Environmental Management;
 

  • Have conducted relevant capacity building activities and/or missions on behalf of UNESCO and the Global Geoparks Network.

Those individuals, who were part of the Roster of Evaluators in the past, do not have to reapply.