Programme Officer, Natural Sciences

Closing date: 5 December, 2017
Competition: 5003 (Internal/External)
Status: Temporary full-time until December 20, 2019 (with the possibility of permanency)
Salary Scale: $72,206 to $87,112
Location: Ottawa

The results of this competition may also be used to fill other similar vacancies, on a temporary or regular basis.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected federal Crown corporation with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We offer competitive salaries and benefit package. For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO values, priorities and programs in Canada and by bringing the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind. The Commission is a network of networks that helps Canadians share knowledge, locally and globally, in order to build peace in the minds of men and women. To do so, the Commission facilitates cooperation in the fields of education, sciences, culture, communication and information to address some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. Their activities are guided by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other UNESCO priorities. The Commission operates under the authority of the Canada Council for the Arts.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Programme Officer administers program and research activities and priority initiatives of the Commission in the fields of natural science, technology and innovation (STI), conservation, cultural and biological diversity, sustainable development, as well as any other issues that relate to the interface between science and society.

As the Programme Officer, you will:

  • contribute to identifying the strategic direction of the Commission within the Natural Sciences sector and more broadly across all five UNESCO major programmes, especially concerning intersectoral initiatives and opportunities;
  • prepare materials to be used in various natural science initiatives and reports;
  • contribute material to the Commission’s web site and to support the preparation, strategic and public interventions from the Secretary-General and other Executive Committee members;
  • ensure liaison and cooperation with relevant UNESCO sectors, the various networks of the Commission (including some under his/her direct responsibility), professional associations, relevant Canadian federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, as well as civil society organizations and researchers working in areas related to the natural sciences in Canada and internationally;
  • identifies strategic partnerships that lead to enhancing the Commission’s impact and reach;
  • establish priority initiatives for the sector as well as develops and monitors the sector’s annual sector plan and annual budget;
  • report on the activities of the sector from an outcomes-based (impact) perspective; represents the Commission in a wide-range of events both at the domestic and the international level;
  • represent the Commission in a wide-range of events both at the domestic and the international level; and perform other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to thirty (30) days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours.

Basic requirement of the position


  • An undergraduate degree in the natural sciences or  related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to the responsibilities of the position


  • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in an aspect of natural sciences that falls within UNESCO’s program activities
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders at the government level (federal / provincial / Indigenous) as well as within civil society
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations and communities would be an asset
  • Experience working with organizations promoting and supporting Women in STEM initiatives would be an asset


  • Understanding of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s role, mandate, activities and programs; its relationship with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, and international organizations within the United Nations system, as well as with civil society organizations in Canada that fall within the natural sciences sector
  • Knowledge of ethical and development issues as well as UNESCO priorities affecting the natural sciences both in Canada and internationally, as well as an awareness of major conventions, protocols and international agreements in the natural sciences
  • Knowledge of major social issues involving ethics in science, capacity-building in science and technology, sustainable development, Indigenous and traditional knowledge systems, and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong project and partnership management skills
  • Excellent judgment, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

Bilingual Requirements

  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an advanced level in oral, reading comprehension and in writing.

This position is located in Ottawa.

How to apply

Send the complete Application Form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Mylène Mougeot, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by email at

For more information please contact Mylène Mougeot at 613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, extension 4124 or by e-mail at

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview and/or a written exam will be contacted.

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