Senior Consultant – Coordinator Annual Publication on Climate Transition at UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO

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Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Annual Publication on Climate Transition at UNESCO

Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Annual Publication on Climate Transition at UNESCO

Job Opening: Senior Consultant – Coordinator Annual Publication on Climate Transition

Organization: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Parent Sector: Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: Remote

Type of Contract: Non-Staff

Duration: 7 to 11 months

Recruitment is open to: External candidates

Application Deadline: March 25, 2024 (Midnight Paris Time)

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

Overview of the Functions of the Post: The Senior Consultant will lead a research report on climate transition within the MOST Project, funded by the La Caixa Foundation. This project aims to investigate the social impacts of climate change and the equitable transition to green economies, with a focus on vulnerable groups. The consultant will coordinate the production of the annual report, which will include quantitative analysis, case studies, and policy recommendations.

Assignment: Under the guidance of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences Sector (ADG/SHS), the incumbent will:

  • Develop a detailed concept note and outline of the report chapters.
  • Coordinate with researchers and writers and ensure timely delivery of high-quality analysis and case studies.
  • Design the structure and thematic content of the publication.
  • Ensure the publication meets high standards and effectively communicates with policy-making audiences.
  • Contribute to the organization of a high-level event for the report launch.
  • Report internally and externally on the project’s progress and impact.


  1. Concept Note: April 30th
  2. Inception Report: May 30th
  3. First Draft Report: July 15th
  4. Second Draft Report: September 30th
  5. Final Draft: November 15th

Competencies (Core / Managerial):

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
  • Planning and organizing
  • Results focus
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism

Required Qualifications:

Education: Master or PhD degree in social sciences (PhD preferred) or relevant field.

Work experience: a minimum of 10 years in the social sciences, with at least 5 years in climate transitions or sustainability.

Skills and Competencies: Excellent knowledge of the knowledge-policy nexus, sustainability, and inequalities. Familiarity with the UN system is advantageous. Languages: fluency in English; knowledge of French is desirable.

Application Process: Interested candidates should complete the online application and submit the following documents as a single PDF:

  • UNESCO Employment History Form
  • Technical Proposal (maximum 4 pages)
  • A financial proposal indicating the monthly rate in EUR

Selection and Recruitment Process: Candidates will be evaluated based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, including tests, assessments, and competency-based interviews. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

UNESCO promotes diversity and encourages candidates from underrepresented Member States to apply. Individuals from minority groups and people with disabilities are equally encouraged. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Note: Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.



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