Benefits

International Professional Staff

Salary

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

Benefits

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

Staff members may be eligible for a range of family allowances and benefits linked to the dependency status of members of their family.

Who can be considered a dependant?

  •  children, under certain conditions ;
  • spouse, under certain conditions;
  •  mother, father, brother or sister, under certain conditions and if the staff member does not also have a dependent spouse.

Education grant

UNESCO contributes to the cost of education of dependent children, incurred as a result of expatriation.

Settling-in Grant/Travel and Shipping/Rental Subsidy

The following benefits will help staff on relocation:

  •  Settling-in grant : to assist in meeting initial extraordinary costs when arriving at or relocating to a new duty station
  • Travel and shipping expenses: are paid to staff on assignment, and when moving from one duty station to another. At some duty stations, a hardship allowance linked to living and working conditions is also paid
  • Rental Subsidy : if newly arrived at the duty station and your rent is too high in proportion of your total remuneration. 

Mobility and Hardship

The Mobility incentive and Hardship allowance are designed to encourage mobility between duty stations and compensate staff for the difficult living and working conditions in some field locations.

Rest and Recuperation

Rest and recuperation breaks are granted to staff members serving in field locations where the work environment is considered to be extremely stressful, isolated, insecure, or lacking the most basic and essential services.

Danger pay

Danger pay is a special allowance granted to staff required to work in duty stations where very dangerous conditions, such as war or active hostilities, prevail and/or where the evacuation of families and non-essential staff has taken place.

A list of countries and duty stations where Danger pay applies is on the UN site.

 

Annual leave : is granted to staff at the rate of 2 ½ working days per month.

Maternity Leave : consists of 16 weeks of paid leave. To start from 6 weeks before the probable date of confinement and until 10 weeks after.

Paternity Leave : 4 weeks of paid leave; increased to 8 weeks in non-family duty stations.

Holidays At Headquarters, French public holidays are non-working days. The following holidays are observed:

  • • New Year's Day: 1 January,
  • Easter Monday,
  •  Labour Day: 1 May,
  • Victory Day: 8 May,
  • Ascension,
  • Whit Monday,
  • French National Day: 14 July,
  • Assumption: 15 August,
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November,
  • Armistice: 11 November,
  • Christmas Day: 25 December.

Official holidays in field offices are established in accordance with local UN practice.

Medical insurance

UNESCO's Medical Benefits Fund (MBF) provides medical insurance benefits to all staff with a contract of six months or more.

The MBF reimburses a proportion of eligible expenses incurred for a range of treatments, including hospitalization, medical and surgical treatment, pharmaceutical expenses, optical lenses, maternity care, dental and orthodontic treatments.

The spouse and children of the staff may also be admitted to the scheme.

Additional Medical Insurance

Staff appointed to Headquarters may consider subscribing to a complementary private medical insurance ("mutuelle").

The Staff Compensation Plan

UNESCO Staff Compensation Plan is designed to provide financial compensation to a staff member or his/her beneficiaries in the event of his/her death, illness or injury which is considered related to the performance of official duties.

Malicious Acts Insurance

All staff are covered by a special insurance policy which covers injury or death caused by a malicious act.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Staff members holding appointments of at least six months or having completed six months of continuous service may join a group life insurance scheme on a voluntary basis.

Pension Fund

Staff members with a contract of six months or more become participants to United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund .

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is a fund established by the UN General Assembly to provide retirement, death, disability, lump-sum withdrawal settlements and related benefits for UN staff.

 

National Professional Officers

Salary

UNESCO offers competitive salaries for National Professional Officers (NPO).

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

Benefits

NPOs are entitled to the following allowances and benefits :

Staff members may be eligible for a range of family allowances and benefits linked to the dependency status of members of their family.

Who can be considered a dependant?

  •  children, under certain conditions ;
  • spouse, under certain conditions;
  •  mother, father, brother or sister, under certain conditions and if the staff member does not also have a dependent spouse.

UNESCO staff members are entitled to 30 days of annual leave in addition to the official holidays in the duty station.

Annual leave : is granted to staff at the rate of 2 ½ working days per month.

Maternity Leave : consists of 16 weeks of paid leave. To start from 6 weeks before the probable date of confinement and until 10 weeks after.

Paternity Leave : 4 weeks of paid leave; increased to 8 weeks in non-family duty stations.

Holidays At Headquarters, French public holidays are non-working days. The following holidays are observed:

  • • New Year's Day: 1 January,
  • Easter Monday,
  •  Labour Day: 1 May,
  • Victory Day: 8 May,
  • Ascension,
  • Whit Monday,
  • French National Day: 14 July,
  • Assumption: 15 August,
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November,
  • Armistice: 11 November,
  • Christmas Day: 25 December.

Official holidays in field offices are established in accordance with local UN practice.

Medical insurance

UNESCO's Medical Benefits Fund (MBF) provides medical insurance benefits to all staff with a contract of six months or more.

The MBF reimburses a proportion of eligible expenses incurred for a range of treatments, including hospitalization, medical and surgical treatment, pharmaceutical expenses, optical lenses, maternity care, dental and orthodontic treatments.

The spouse and children of the staff may also be admitted to the scheme.

Additional Medical Insurance

Staff appointed to Headquarters may consider subscribing to a complementary private medical insurance ("mutuelle").

The Staff Compensation Plan

UNESCO Staff Compensation Plan is designed to provide financial compensation to a staff member or his/her beneficiaries in the event of his/her death, illness or injury which is considered related to the performance of official duties.

Malicious Acts Insurance

All staff are covered by a special insurance policy which covers injury or death caused by a malicious act.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Staff members holding appointments of at least six months or having completed six months of continuous service may join a group life insurance scheme on a voluntary basis.

Pension Fund

Staff members with a contract of six months or more become participants to United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund .

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is a fund established by the UN General Assembly to provide retirement, death, disability, lump-sum withdrawal settlements and related benefits for UN staff.

 

General Service

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:

Benefits

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

Staff members may be eligible for a range of family allowances and benefits linked to the dependency status of members of their family.

Who can be considered a dependant?

  •  children, under certain conditions ;
  • spouse, under certain conditions;
  •  mother, father, brother or sister, under certain conditions and if the staff member does not also have a dependent spouse.

Education grant

UNESCO GS and NPO staff members may be entitled to receive a special education grant for each disabled dependent child to compensate for education costs incurred.

UNESCO GS staff members may be eligible for a language allowance if they pass a UNESCO language proficiency test for an official language of the Organization that is not their principal language.

Annual leave : is granted to staff at the rate of 2 ½ working days per month.

Maternity Leave : consists of 16 weeks of paid leave. To start from 6 weeks before the probable date of confinement and until 10 weeks after.

Paternity Leave : 4 weeks of paid leave; increased to 8 weeks in non-family duty stations.

Holidays At Headquarters, French public holidays are non-working days. The following holidays are observed:

  • • New Year's Day: 1 January,
  • Easter Monday,
  •  Labour Day: 1 May,
  • Victory Day: 8 May,
  • Ascension,
  • Whit Monday,
  • French National Day: 14 July,
  • Assumption: 15 August,
  • All Saints’ Day: 1 November,
  • Armistice: 11 November,
  • Christmas Day: 25 December.

Official holidays in field offices are established in accordance with local UN practice.

Medical insurance

UNESCO's Medical Benefits Fund (MBF) provides medical insurance benefits to all staff with a contract of six months or more.

The MBF reimburses a proportion of eligible expenses incurred for a range of treatments, including hospitalization, medical and surgical treatment, pharmaceutical expenses, optical lenses, maternity care, dental and orthodontic treatments.

The spouse and children of the staff may also be admitted to the scheme.

Additional Medical Insurance

Staff appointed to Headquarters may consider subscribing to a complementary private medical insurance ("mutuelle").

The Staff Compensation Plan

UNESCO Staff Compensation Plan is designed to provide financial compensation to a staff member or his/her beneficiaries in the event of his/her death, illness or injury which is considered related to the performance of official duties.

Malicious Acts Insurance

All staff are covered by a special insurance policy which covers injury or death caused by a malicious act.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Staff members holding appointments of at least six months or having completed six months of continuous service may join a group life insurance scheme on a voluntary basis.

Pension Fund

Staff members with a contract of six months or more become participants to United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund .

The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is a fund established by the UN General Assembly to provide retirement, death, disability, lump-sum withdrawal settlements and related benefits for UN staff.