UNESCO offers a competitive package of salaries and benefits which are set by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and are similar across United Nations Agencies.

Salaries are made of two elements :

  • Base salary
  • Post adjustment (a % of the base salary different for each location, to ensure that staff salaries have the same purchasing power at all duty stations worldwide)

Salary scales and Post adjustment indices can be found on the UN salaries and allowances site


International Professional staff may also be entitled to other allowances and benefits, such as: 

  • Family/Education benefits - UNESCO provides allowances to help staff with their family obligations and the education of their children.
  • Relocation - UNESCO offers a package of benefits to support  installation costs in the new location.
  • Mobility entitlements  - when a UNESCO staff moves to another duty station, he/she will receive incentives to facilitate and compensate for the move.
  • 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