Program Specialist (water quality) Job Vacancy In Paris France


Application deadline: October 31, 2023, at midnight (Paris time) | Program Specialist (water quality) Job Vacancy In Paris France | UNESCO

  • Overview of the MLPP 2023_Program Specialist (Water Quality)
    Number of the Post: MLPP 2023_SC 395
  • Level: P-3
  • Sector parent: Natural Sciences (SC)
  • Paris is the duty location.
  • Family of Jobs: Natural Sciences
  • Fixed-term contract type
  • Contract term: two years, extendable
  • Both internal and foreign candidates are welcome to apply.
  • Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, and Professionalism are among the UNESCO Core Values.
  • The Mid-Level Professionals Programme (MLPP) includes this role.
  • We fervently urge applicants from unrepresented and underrepresented Member States to submit an application.


Extended Description

The Programme Specialist (Water Quality) will particularly:

  • Participate actively in the creation, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of project and programmed activities in compliance with the IHP strategic plan and the associated operational plan as defined in the C4/C5 with a focus on water quality and related concerns such as ecohydrology.
  • Help IHP National Committees and Member States achieve IHP priorities relating to water quality and associated concerns by facilitating and supporting research, networking, and capacity building programs.
  • In collaboration with pertinent Category II Centers and Chairs, provide a significant contribution to the creation of high-quality scientific knowledge base, data, tools, and approaches to address water quality and pollution concerns.
  • Through the organization of scientific events, workshops, training sessions, exhibitions, and outreach initiatives, promote and facilitate the deployment of water quality-related tools and products in Member States, produce pertinent publications, and ensure widespread distribution of tools and publications to Member States and stakeholders.
  • Keep in touch with academic, professional, and UN groups. Establish and support a scientific network focused on water quality and related problems.
  • Develop concept notes and project proposals based on situational analysis, needs assessments, and the Programme and Budget (C/5) in order to support activities and implementations, monitor related projects and programmes in line with approved objectives, and help to mobilize and raise extrabudgetary resources.

Core and managerial competencies

  • Communication
  • Responsibility
  • Inventiveness
  • Continuous learning and improvement
  • Organizing and planning
  • Results-oriented
  • Cooperation
  • Being professional
  • Please refer to the UNESCO Competency Framework for more details.



  • Advanced university education (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the disciplines of chemistry, chemical or civil engineering, limnology, soil and water management, or allied earth sciences; or in the fields of hydrology, water resources, or environmental science or engineering.
  • An advantage would be if the applicant has a PhD in hydrology, environmental science, environmental chemistry, water chemistry, environmental technology, soil water balance modeling, land and water management, or a closely related discipline in the earth sciences.

Experience at Work

  • At least four (4) years of relevant professional experience, ideally two (2) years of which were gained at an international level, in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, or soil water balance modeling.

Technical expertise

  • experience and technical understanding in ecohydrology, pollution control, and water quality.
  • Understanding of water chemistry and science, watershed management and protection, hydrology and hydraulics, environmental data systems, environmental law, water resource management using remote sensing, and environmental data systems.
  • papers from relevant scientific fields on topics including ecohydrology, microplastic awareness, pollution prevention, modeling techniques, watershed management, and environmental preservation.

Competencies & Skills

  • Excellent writing abilities, with the capacity to generate reports and papers on scientific, technical, and strategic challenges. Strong conceptual, analytical, research, and organizational skills.
  • strong advocacy, communication, and negotiation abilities.
  • Possibility of doing high-quality research and creating information products about water quality and related challenges.
  • the capacity to organize and plan projects, workshops, and associated activities.
  • professional knowledge in proposal writing, resource mobilization, and project management.
  • Outstanding interpersonal abilities, capacity for working in a multicultural context, and ability to promote teamwork.
  • elasticity and nimbleness.


  • The Organization’s working languages are English and French. It is advantageous to have strong French and English language skills (both in writing and speaking).
  • A plus is having knowledge of the other UNESCO official languages, which include Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.
  • Do you want more information on the Mid-Level Professionals Program? Join us for a virtual careers fair on September 26 at 1:30 PM (CEST).


The pay at UNESCO are made up of a base salary and, when appropriate, additional benefits like: a family stipend, 30 days of yearly leave, health insurance, a pension plan, etc.

The beginning compensation for this position is around 99 451 US dollars per year.

Please refer to our Guide to Staff perks for more information on perks and entitlements.

Selection and hiring procedure

Please be aware that all applicants must submit an online application and accurate, complete information. Please visit the UNESCO Careers page to apply. The application that has been submitted cannot be changed.

Based on the requirements in the job posting, candidates are evaluated using a competency-based interview, exams, and/or assessments.

UNESCO assesses and evaluates candidates through communication technologies like video or teleconference, email correspondence, etc.

Please be aware that only chosen candidates will receive further communication, and based on the information supplied, references will be checked on candidates at the final selection stage.

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