IT Support and Web Developer

Type of contract: Consultant, with pay scale commensurate with experience and UNESCO rates for individual consultants

Language: English. A working knowledge of French would be an asset.

Duration: January 2014 - June 2014 (hours negotiable).

Location: UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) with a possibility of home-based work.

Application deadline: midnight (Paris time) Tuesday 3 December 2013


The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is involved in a global assessment of the current and future state of open ocean and Large Marine Ecosystems, linked with human impact and vice versa, human vulnerability due to changing climate and marine ecosystems. This forms part of Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) ( funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from April 2013 to March 2015. As well, the work is in partnership with the GEOWOW Project (, funded by the European Commission’s FP7 (September 2011 to August 2014), and where the IOC is leading the component to improve public access to and inter-operability of ocean ecosystem data, ultimately for use in marine management. A version of the marine component of the TWAP and the GEOWOW tools will be made available on a website for use by the public and policy makers.

At this stage, a first version of the website has been developed, built on Drupal 7, hosted on a Linux server, alongside a geographical database (geoserver). It is structured in different thematic parts, showing narratives, illustrations, graphs and interactive maps. Some sections of the website will allow interactive selection of data content stored in different nodes and fields for inter-comparison.



Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the IOC and the direct supervision of the Head of the Ocean Observations Section, the consultant shall provide assistance to the GEOWOW and TWAP Project Data Manager (lead developer) through:

  • Developing new functions for the web site, especially for data rendering (maps and graphics, sorted tables) and data selection (using Drupal-7 forms by writing new modules);
  • Contributing to the web site structure;
  • Transferring content from marine experts, and reformatting scientific data (especially tabulated data), referencing scientific information (articles, DOIs, data meta-information); and
  • Adapting CSS and Drupal-7 PHP templates to reflect layout designer recommendations.

Required Qualifications/ Education:

A university degree in Computer Science (specialized in web technologies), or several years of proven experience in software development.


Work Experience:

An excellent knowledge of Drupal 7, including themes and templates, creating new PHP functions, Drupal-7 forms, taxonomy. Some modules and functions will need to be developed.An excellent knowledge of PHP, javascript (including jQuery) and CSS is also required.Knowledge of openLayers and geoserver is an asset.


Personal Attributes:

UNESCO is an international organisation and as such, the consultant will be required to work in a diverse and multi-cultural setting. The incumbent should have:

  • Very good inter-personal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations within a multi-cultural environment; ability to work collaboratively as part of a team to achieve organisational goals;
  • Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; work under pressure;
  • Working knowledge of English.


How to apply:


Please send a detailed CV and letter of intent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight (Paris time) on Tuesday 3 December 2013.