Job advertisement Chief of Tsunami Unit

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Chief of Tsunami Unit

Chief of Tsunami Unit

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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO


Paris, France


Relevant divisions
Natural Hazards (NH)
Ocean Sciences (OS)
Seismology (SM)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
26 April 2020

30 March 2020

Job description

The UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Tsunami Unit (IOC/TSU) provides intergovernmental coordination for four regional end-to-end tsunami warning and mitigation systems (Pacific; Indian Ocean; Caribbean; North Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean & connected seas).

The mandate for IOC’s tsunami programme is established in resolutions by the 23rd IOC Assembly (2005). The Unit has staff in Paris, Perth, Fiji, Jakarta, and Barbados. It supports coordination of the tsunami warning systems and implements projects that (i) develop capacity, enhance preparedness and awareness for tsunami and other coastal hazards; and (ii) enable observation, research and policy developments that can lead to improved early warning systems and related preparedness.

Under the overall authority of the IOC Executive Secretary, in cooperation with other IOC programme sections and units, the incumbent will have the following functions: Lead, coordinate and organize the activities of the IOC’s Tsunami Programme including: Managing the Unit and providing guidance to its staff, defining its priorities and agenda. Developing, implementing, monitoring and organising services, scientific and technical support to the governance groups for the IOC Tsunami program, as well as other relevant projects and programmes carried out within the tsunami warning and mitigation frameworks, to include locating and pursuing resources. Organising fund raising and targeted capacity development in tsunami warning systems and preparedness to enhance Member States’ abilities within a multi-hazard framework. Liaising, coordinating and maintaining partnerships with relevant organisations within and outside the United Nations and representing the Unit to internal and external partners.

Coordinate and act as Technical Secretary for the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) programme and the GLOSS Group of Experts. More information at