United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
International Organisation
Closing date: 21 Sep 2009
Location: Chile – Santiago

Project Coordinator, DIPECHO Project “Adaptive Learning Mechanism on Tsunami Preparedness at Community Level in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile”
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/ Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean

Main responsibilities:

The incumbent will provide technical and management expertise for the development, implementation and monitoring of the DIPECHO Project “Adaptive Learning Mechanism on Tsunami Preparedness at Community Level in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile”. The principal objective of this project is to raise awareness on the risks of tsunamis and to build up resilience among vulnerable communities through enhanced learning on and community participation in the planning and preparedness for tsunamis. The project targets schools as well as local and national authorities of the education sector and of the relevant emergency response agencies.

The Project Coordinator will work under the overall guidance of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Santiago (UNESCO Santiago), under the supervision of the relevant Section Head in UNESCO Santiago, and in close cooperation with the Tsunami Unit of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. His/her main duties and responsibilities are the following:

1. Elaborate a detailed project Log Frame and workplan for the planning of DIPECHO project activities at country and sub-regional level

2. Support and advise UNESCO National and Cluster Offices, as well as the national project partners, in the elaboration and implementation of the project activities (including trainings) at national and community level, in coordination with other DIPECHO partners and relevant government institutions.

3. Provide technical assistance and guidance in the development of the learning materials to be produced as part of the DIPECHO project.

4. Provide support for the organization of inter-institutional national/sub-regional workshops with key stakeholders and regional partners.

5. Maintain close contacts with ECHO, ensure timely reports, budgets and briefing notes, and represent UNESCO in relevant meetings and events related to the Sixth DIPECHO Action Plan for South America.

6. Ensure accurate and effective monitoring of the project according to established indicators and baselines. Report progress and results in the required format.

7. Frequent travel to and within the target countries will be required.

Profile Education:

University degree at the Masters level in education, social or natural sciences, or the qualification of civil engineer, combined with knowledge of early warning systems and/or community preparedness for disaster risk reduction.

Work experience:

– At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in programme planning and management in a related field, with emphasis on education activities on emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction.

– Previous experience with UNESCO, other UN Agencies or the European Commission is an asset.


– Advanced analytical and training skills.

– Demonstrated results-based management skills.

– Interpersonal and communication skills.

– Coordination skills and flexibility to work in teams.

– Excellent knowledge of IT applications.

– Ability to work in an international and multicultural environment.

– Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.

– Proven capacity to establish partnerships and coordination with a range of partners is essential.


Excellent knowledge of Spanish as well as good working knowledge of English are essential, including communication and presentation skills.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) contributes to peace and human development in an era of globalization by furthering international cooperation through its programmes in education, sciences, culture and communication. With its 193 Member States and 5 Associate Members, UNESCO has its Headquarters in Paris (France) and operates globally through a network of offices and several institutes.

How to apply
Please send your CV to

in both Spanish and English before the closing date, by quoting the post “Project Coordinator, DIPECHO Project”.

No telephone calls or personal enquiries are permitted. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. UNESCO reserves the right to accept or reject any candidature.

UNESCO is committed to gender equality in its programming and to gender parity within the staff. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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