Staff Categories

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 :
UNESCO’s Education Sector is the largest in UNESCO with some 400 staff working at the Paris headquarters and spread across a global network of 52 field offices and specialized institutes and centres.
 
Since 2015, UNESCO has a new role leading the coordination and monitoring of the Global Education 2030 Agenda. The vision of the Education Sector, under the authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, is captured in Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The roadmap for the agenda is the Framework for Action.
With its close links with education ministries and other partners in 193 countries, UNESCO is in a key position to press for action and change.
 

UNESCO aims to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human security and well-being, in close collaboration with its Member States and a wide variety of partners. It is the only United Nations specialized agency with a specific mandate for science. UNESCO has acted as a catalyst for the establishment of many preeminent scientific unions and bodies such as CERN; and initiatives with far-reaching implications for sustainable human security and well-being, such as the Man and the Biosphere Programme, the International Hydrological Programme, and the International Oceanographic Commission, were launched in UNESCO's first decades.

The Social and Human Sciences Sector acts a think tank for the world’s nations. It aims to advance knowledge, standards and intellectual cooperation in order to facilitate social transformations conducive to the universal values of justice, freedom and human dignity.

The mission of UNESCO's Culture Sector is to promote culture through the advancement of knowledge, standards and intellectual cooperation in order to protect, safeguard and manage tangible and intangible heritage. It promotes the diversity of cultural expressions and the dialogue of cultures with a view to fostering a culture of peace.

The Communication and Information Sector (CI) has three principal strategic objectives, namely the promotion of the free flow of ideas and universal access to information, the promotion of the expression of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks, and the promotion of access for all to ICTs. The Sector consists of a division on "Freedom of Expression and Media Development" and "Knowledge Societies Division". The Sector collaborates with UN agencies, bilateral development agencies, international and regional non-governmental agencies.

In order to ensure the successful delivery of the UNESCO programmes in Science, Education, Culture and Communication, the Organization counts on specialists in the fields of strategic planning, international relations, public information, management, finance, human resources, law, procurement and IT.

 

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. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.
 
Prior 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.
 
UNESCO is committed to achieving geographical representation and gender equality within its staff.  Women and nationals from non-represented and under-represented Member States (see our current Geographic distribution table) are strongly encouraged to apply (for International professional positions).
 

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

The JPO/AE Programme provides 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.

 Do you have the right profile?

  • 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.
  • Nationality: Candidates for the JPO/AE Programme are normally nationals of the donor country* funding their assignment to UNESCO. Applicants from developing countries may also be considered by certain donor dovernments.
  • 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 (including  human resources, finance and accounting, IT, etc. )

Do you have the right profile?

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; and 
  • Senior level (G6/G7) - Eight years and above experience

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