TWAS seeking new Executive Director

News Date: 13 Sep 2016

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). UNESCO promotes international cooperation in science in the interests of peace and sustainable development.

The main objectives of the Academy are to:

  • recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research in the South;
  • provide promising scientists in the South with the research facilities necessary for the advancement of their work;
  • facilitate contacts between individual scientists and institutions in the South;
  • encourage North-South and South-South cooperation between individuals and centres of scholarship; and
  • promote scientific research on major challenges faced by developing countries.

TWAS is also responsible for the administration of the InterAcademy Partnership and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

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, the incumbent will provide strategic leadership for resource mobilization, supervise the work of the TWAS staff and prepare action plans, annual programmes, budgets and reports to donors.

For full details, visit the UNESCO Careers web page.

Deadline for applications: 12 October 2016.