Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences (ADG/SC), and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Executive Office, the incumbent will implement the communications strategy of the Natural Sciences Sector (SC), in particular through the SC website and other multimedia channels, including social media. The Web Editor will be expected to perform the following responsibilities\:

  • Manage and supervise the development and maintenance of the Natural Sciences Sector’s contribution to the UNESCO web portal in the broader context of UNESCO-wide communication activities and priorities.
  • Develop, organize and present textual, graphic and audio-visual information, under the different scientific and relevant interdisciplinary themes. Verify the editorial quality and as required draft new content both in English and French.
  • Monitor the editorial quality of on-line content developed by the different Divisions and Sections and, where necessary, request adjustments and revision of texts when provided by Programme Specialists.
  • Establish an effective linkage between the Natural Sciences Sector web pages and specialized web applications, such as discussion fora, databases, community platforms, social media and electronic circulation lists, as well as contribute to the determination of Sector web-based technical needs.
  • Participate in the development of the UNESCO communications strategy for Natural Sciences with respect to both the content and technical aspects, in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Division of Knowledge Management and Information Systems (KMI), in order to increase the visibility and impact of UNESCO Natural Sciences programmes.
  • Organize where appropriate the translation of the content of the Natural Sciences-related pages of the UNESCO web portal.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of communication, information technology and management, journalism, media, natural sciences, or in another related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of science communication, of which at least 1 year acquired at the international level.
  • Proven experience in web editing and managing visual, audio-visual and textual content.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to define and solve problems.
  • High degree of creativity and strong capacity in web design.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of web-based technologies and related ICT tools (Internet, social media, search engine optimization and web analytic technologies).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent drafting skills with the ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the concerned audience.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural and multi-sectoral environment.
  • Demonstrated discretion, tact and diplomacy in interactions with institutional and private partners.
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and in a multitasking manner, respecting tight deadlines, prioritizing work schedules and paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and French.

  • Professional certification or other accreditation in the field of web-based technologies.
Work Experience
  • Experience in photography and photo editing.
  • Experience in working within a scientific environment.
  • Experience in social media.
  • Understanding of current scientific issues applicable to the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-03

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