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National Professional Officer - NOB

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Contribute to the implementation of projects and initiatives related to Ecological and Earth Sciences including Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, Biosphere Reserves and natural disaster risk reduction within the context of the Post 2015 development Agenda and related Sustainable Development Goals, the New MAB Strategy (2015 -2025) and Action Plan (2016-2025), the UN Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); by analysing and evaluating projects and programmes implementation and in coordination with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific, and Sciences Programmes Specialist in the Region and at Headquarters (Paris).

Prepare reports and proposals setting out plans for implementation of programme and projects developments. Be responsible for mobilizing extrabudgetary resources and developing partnerships to enhance MAB programme and Biosphere Reserve applications in Vietnam, in connection to other UNESCO site related programmes especially natural World Heritage sites and UNESCO Global Geoparks in the country and region, and DRR related work in the region and at HQ.

Contribute to the implementation and coordination of projects and other undertakings related to the Basic Sciences and programme activities; Assist in the planning and coordination of activities aimed at improving university-level education and develop training and research in these fields, with a view to strengthening national and regional capacities in mathematics, physical and life sciences and engineering sciences and their applications; Contribute to the follow-up to the World Conference on Science and towards reinforcing national and regional capacities in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology and engineering science and technology.

Contribute to the development and implementation of water related projects and activities within the framework of International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and develop partnership with other water related programs/projects of UN agencies in Vietnam, as well as those from national, regional and international organizations, UNESCO Water family members, NGOs and donor institutions and to enhance the impact of IHP delivery at national level.

Deadline for submissions: 21 December 2017. Midnight, Hanoi time.

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Interested candidates should submit their application letter and CV in English, to the attention of the Head of UNESCO's Office, with the reference " National Professional Officer - NOB" using UNESCO CV form available on this link: Applications together with supporting documents should be sent before 21 December 2017 midnight, Hanoi time to the following address:

UNESCO Hanoi Office

304 Kim Ma street,

Ba Dinh district


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Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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