Salary and Benefits

UNESCO offers a competitive package of salary and benefits for General Service staff.  The salary scales are established through periodic local salary surveys carried out at every duty station. These surveys aim to identify the best prevailing working conditions in the area.

Salary scales for General Service staff by duty station are available on the UN Salaries and Allowances site.

UNESCO General Service staff are also entitled to the following allowances, such as:

  • Family related benefits - UNESCO provides allowances to help staff members with their family obligations.
  • Language allowance - is payable to General Service staff who are proficient in more than one official language of the Organization* (which is not their principal language).  
  • Holidays and leave - UNESCO staff are entitled to 30 days of leave per year in addition to the official holidays in the duty station.
  • Pension and Insurance -  the Organization provides staff with medical coverage and contributes to the Pension Fund established by the United Nations.   

Official languages of the Organization:  Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish