UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Paris, France


Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris

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Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20.SEP.2022

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


The Communication and Information Sector’s mission is to promote freedom of expression, media development and media literate societies, and to build knowledge societies through fostering universal access to information, innovation for sustainable development and the preservation of documentary heritage. The role of this vacant position does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement.

Long Description

Under the authority of the Chief of Section for Media and Information Literacy and Media Development, the consultant shall: 1. Lead on the development of an international campaign strategy to observe World Radio Day on 13 February 2023 world over;

2. Coordinate the implementation of the international campaign strategy, including by advising on and overseeing the design of national celebration events in every Member State of UNESCO, in order to provide an integrated thematic approach of celebrations.

More specifically: * Undertake strategic planning, identifying key opportunities for World Radio Day, key campaign moments, and champions. Prepare campaigning guidelines and its results-based matrix, and offer recommendations in relation to the main campaigning theme of 2023 (Radio and Peace)

Long Description

* Work with UNESCO Field Offices and UNESCO National Commissions across the world to enhance collaboration and joint strategic campaign implementation. Advise them, our UN partners and other colleagues on the development of appropriate World Radio Day material, including timely actions to support agreed objectives, and editing documents where required. Plan audio or video conference calls, and other means for effective and intensive collaboration around the key campaign. Share good campaigning ideas, activities, and materials, and ensure that there is a unified message by UNESCO on World Radio Day

* Reach out to and engage/collaborate with other partners, broadcasting organizations and the civil society at large to celebrate World Radio Day. Handle inquiries coming from the UN family, broadcasting organizations, radio stations, non-governmental organizations, and the public

* Lead and supervise the dedicated website and implementation of social media strategy. Prepare infographics, press kit, banners, news stories, tweets, and other media elements. Oversee their production in the 6 UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Russian)

* Make suggestions for and coordinate a World Radio Day event at UNESCO’s Headquarters, in Paris, France, to be held in English and French

* Evaluate World Radio Day 2023 in terms of attained quantitative and qualitative results world over

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Innovation (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Making quality decisions (M)

Building partnerships (M)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



* Advanced University degree in Media, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Social or Political Communication or Public Information

Work Experience

* Track record of minimum 5 years’ experience in radio broadcasting

* Proven experience of running successful social campaigns advocating a concept or value (not a product) at international level

* Experience of coordinating networks or organizing events with or for radio stations

* Experience in combining online and offline media

Skills / Competencies

* Sound understanding of essential principles and ethics of campaigning. Comprehensive understanding of the implications of developing campaigning strategies for implementation in many different countries. Sensitivity to different cultures and backgrounds

* Experience of developing and writing creative and motivating campaigning materials which argue a case, provide information and guidance to radio stations for achieving impact

* Capacity to manage a heavy and varied workload effectively, under time restraint and pressure, including managing competing demands, maintaining high levels of accuracy, and ensuring excellent coordination of activities across diverse units and countries


Excellent knowledge of at least one of the working languages of the Secretariat (English or French) and very good knowledge of the other language

Long Description


Work Experience

Experience tracking information on communication material and activities, including data on webcasting, live streaming connections, social media channels (downloads, hits, video and audio plays, unique page views, engagement, etc.)

Skills / Competencies

* Good judgment, political and general, to assess the most effective means of communicating information for the purpose of achieving World Radio Day goals

* A keen understanding of the challenges of communication in developing countries, resource restraints, and other unique circumstances – including opportunities


* A good knowledge of a third UN language is an asset (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian)


Only applications providing the information requested in the application procedure will be considered.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. O nly selected candidates will be further contacted. Candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

Any additional information you may request will be sent to you as soon as possible. However, any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the date for submission of your proposal.

Thank you for your interest in this UNESCO call. We look forward to receiving your proposal in due time.



  • The Consultant may work remotely. No travel supported

  • This Consultant Contract is for an initial period of six (6) months with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance
  • Estimated contract start date is October 2022
  • The incumbent shall work full time
  • If in France, the candidate needs to already have a working permit


Interested candidates should complete the on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted. At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information: A)

1. An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including birthdate and nationality(ies)

2. A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment (max. 200 words); an indication of the approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment, (max. 300 words)

3. T hree references of former employers, including e-mail address and direct phone number


A competitive fee per month for a total of 6 months for the assignment, which should be quoted in USD


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States ( last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Tags: access to information, ethics, external communications, freedom of expression, gender parity, journalism, media development, public information, public relations, radio broadcasting, radio stations, sustainable development