Vacancy – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TWAS


UNESCO is seeking the appointment of a renowned scientific leader and administrator to serve as Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).

The main objectives of the Academy are to: (i) recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research in the South; (ii) provide promising scientists in the South with the research facilities necessary for the advancement of their work; (iii) facilitate contacts between individual scientists and institutions in the South; (iv) encourage North-South and South-South cooperation between individuals and centres of scholarship; and (v) promote scientific research on major challenges faced by developing countries.

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. This includes the coordination of the work of TWAS with the associated organizations, the development of 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.

In particular, and in line with the Organization’s policies and procedures, including effective internal controls, the incumbent will supervise the work of the TWAS staff and prepare action plans, annual programmes, budgets and reports to donors. He/She will provide strategic leadership for resource mobilization and also act as Secretary to the meetings of the TWAS Steering Committee.

Apply by October 12, 2016 (midnight Paris time).

Full details of the post and how to apply are available online.