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Rector, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands




Established in 2003 as a UNESCO Category 1 institute, the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education envisages a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society, particularly the poor, can enjoy the benefits of basic services. The UNESCO-IHE Institute, a graduate school that carries out research, tertiary education and capacity-building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure, is the largest international water post-graduated education facility in the world. The Institute implements fully accredited MSc programmes, as well as a vibrant PhD programme, in cooperation with partner universities.

The Rector leads the Institute in fulfilling its UNESCO mandate in water science and education to strengthen the capacity of the water and environmental sectors in developing countries and countries in transition; upholds and strengthens the international role of the Institute by providing vision and leadership in anticipating and responding to global developments, changing societal demands and new technological and political opportunities; promotes the learning capacity of the Institute by enhancing its sensitivity to, and willingness to adapt to, signals of change both didactically and in technical aspects of the water sector, both from inside and outside; and ensures that the knowledge base and educational methods of the Institute are up-to-date and further developed, in order to maintain high academic standards.


Under the authority of the Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences (ADG/SC), the incumbent will work closely with the Governing Board of the Institute and the IHE Foundation, implement a global vision and strategy for the Institute in a sustainable manner that corresponds to UNESCO’s mandate in general, and in water resources education and science in particular, addressing the needs of Member States, leading the development of effective Research, Education and Business Plans, in line with the vision and strategy to secure the necessary support and funding, as well as to ensure its effective implementation after the approval of the Institute’s Governing Board.

The incumbent will collaborate with the Director of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences, and in a coordinated manner, lead enhanced contributions of the Institute to the activities of the International Hydrological Programme, the World Water Assessment Programme, and the network of Category II UNESCO water Centers and Chairs.

Regarding the management and operations of the Institute, the incumbent will manage directly the preparation and implementation of the Annual Work Plan; consult the appropriate bodies in order to decide and communicate a position on the issues concerned; chair the Rectorate of the Institute; chair the Academic Board of the Institute; and, lead the work of the academic departments and that of the support units, including the management of staff.

The incumbent will develop and maintain active relationships with UNESCO relevant programmes, as well as with members of the Governing Board of the Institute and of the IHE Foundation, and promote their pro-active participation in solving the major challenges facing the Institute; ensure the maintenance of productive working relations of management and staff at various levels with UNESCO Programme Sectors at Headquarters and in the Field, the Government of the Netherlands, Member States, International Financing Institutions, Universities and research institutions, the private sector and other sectors of civil society to ensure the recognition, status, financial stability and sustainability of the Institute.

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