Executive Director

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Trieste, Italy

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences and the guidance of the TWAS Steering Committee and the TWAS Council as regards the programmatic direction, the incumbent will be responsible for providing intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in the development, management, planning and execution of TWAS international scientific cooperation programmes, in line with the Organization’s policies and procedures and within the framework of UNESCO’s approved Programme and Budget (C/5). The incumbent shall also be responsible for the coordination of the work with the associated organizations hosted by the Academy; the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Inter academy Partnership, bringing together renowned networks of academies of science and medicine.

In addition, the incumbent will:
  • Provide leadership, guidance and effective internal control to the work of TWAS staff in relation to the implementation of all TWAS programme activities, including the preparation of annual programmes, reports, action plans and budget projections to the UNESCO governing bodies and donors;
  • Develop synergies with UNESCO programmes in the field of basic sciences, including the International Basic Science Cooperation and explore and develop opportunities for joint initiatives within the UNESCO family in this field;
  • Develop innovative approaches to promote South-South cooperation in the area of the basic sciences and the development of new networks in applied sciences with leading international organizations in view to promote scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South towards the implementation of the Agenda 2030;
  • Provide strategic leadership for resource mobilization;
  • Act as Secretary to the meetings of the TWAS Steering Committee and the TWAS Council.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D in one of the fields of the Natural Sciences.
Work Experience:
  • A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in scientific research and administration, at international level. 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a scientific environment with experience in human resources and finance management.
  • Successful experience in fund-raising from governments and the private sector, and international funding and technical assistance organizations and agencies.
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the Organization's mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Good knowledge of UNESCO programmes and policies and of international development policies and institutions in science technology and innovation.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and to build relationships with diverse groups of organisations and individuals, relevant environmental scientific research institutions, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including through networking.
  • Capacity to provide scientific and intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified group of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • High sense of professional integrity and political sensitivity; demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in front of a broad range of constituents, as well as the news media.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities including strong analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Good understanding of science, technology and innovation needs of developing countries.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written).