Careers

What we look for

UNESCO offers 3 categories of staff:

  • Professional
  • Junior Professional Officer (JPO)
  • General Service

and 3 categories of temporary assistance:

  • Project Appointments
  • Short-Term Support Services
  • Consultant and Experts

Professional

We are looking for competent, dynamic and flexible professionals with strong personal integrity, who are fair, impartial and respectful of cultural diversity. In addition, they must be able to think creatively, be proactive and responsive.

UNESCO has two categories of Professionals:

  • International Professional staff are hired internationally and work in expert and/or managerial roles that require a significant level of technical expertise. Professional staff are expected to work across the globe.
  • National Professional Officers are nationals of the country in which they serve and perform functions of a professional nature requiring local knowledge, expertise and experience.

UNESCO employs professionals in the fields of: Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information and Programme Support, Administration and Management.

Requirements

  • Education: An advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences, communication, business administration or a related field.
  • Languages: Fluent English or French (the two working languages of UNESCO) and a good working knowledge of the other language are required. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.
  • Previous experience
    • Junior level (P1/P2 or NOA/NOB): 2 to 4 years of experience
    • Middle level (P3/P4 or NOC/NOD): 4 to 10 years of experience
    • Senior level (P5 and above or NOE): 10 to 15 years of experience (including management experience).
  • Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to UNESCO's mission.

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2018

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) aims to improve the geographical representation of the Secretariat, promote gender parity at international professional level, create an enhanced pool of young civil servants, enriching and diversifying UNESCO. The YPP provides young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member States an opportunity to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career.

YPP 2018 is now launched. UNESCO will receive qualified candidatures from the UNESCO's NATIONAL COMMISSION of non- and under-represented Member States. Interested candidates are welcome to contact their relevant NATCOM to apply for the Programme.

Requirements

Nationality: non- or under-represented Member States at UNESCO.

Age: 32 years maximum. Candidates must be born not before 1st January 1986

Education: an advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field related to the management and administration of an international organization.

Languages: fluent English or French. Knowledge of both working languages is an asset. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese is an additional asset.

Previous experience: initial professional experience is an asset, but not mandatory.

Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO mission.

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) / Associate Expert (AE) Programme

The JPO/AE Programe provide the opportunity for young university graduates and young qualified professionals to acquire training and work experience in technical cooperation and in management and administration of multilateral programmes and projects either within UNESCO's Field Offices or at Headquarters. JPO/AEs are recruited under bilateral agreements between UNESCO and the donor countries, generally for a duration of 2 to 3 years.

Requirements

Nationality: Candidates for the JPO/AE programs are normally nationals of the donor country funding their assignment to UNESCO. Applicants from developing countries may also be considered by certain donor governments.

Age: Candidates are normally under the age of thirty-two when applying for a JPO/AE position.

Education: A university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field of direct relevance to the management and administration of an international organization.

Languages: Fluent English or French and a good knowledge of the other working language. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.

Previous experience: An initial professional experience is an asset, but is not mandatory.

Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO mission.

General Service

The functions in the General Service category include administrative, secretarial and clerical support as well as specialized technical functions such as printing, security and buildings maintenance. General Service staff are locally recruited in Headquarters or in Field Offices/Institutes.

We are looking for competent, dynamic and flexible persons, who are proactive and responsive. We are looking for people with strong personal integrity, who are fair, impartial and respectful of cultural diversity.

General Service staff work to support activities in the fields of: Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information and Programme Support, Administration and Management.

Requirements

Education: Graduates of a secondary, technical or vocational school and, as the case may be, secretarial, business or commercial qualifications. In certain cases, equivalent experience may be retained.

Languages: Fluent English or French (the two working languages of UNESCO) and a good working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.

Previous experience

  • Junior level (G1/G3) - one to three years of experience
  • Middle level (G4/G5) - three to seven years of experience
  • Senior level (G6/G7) - Eight years and above experience

Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO mission.

 

UNESCO is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff. Women and nationals from non-represented and under-represented Member States are strongly encouraged to apply for International professional positions.