UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Paris, France


Post Number : ED/PA 201

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-JUL-2022

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension, subject to availability of funds and performance.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Education and of the Director ED/PSD and under the direct supervision of the Chief, Section on Health and Education the incumbent will work closely with teams responsible for the following work:

  • Resilient school health systems that promote learners’ physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Comprehensive sexuality education, including HIV, life skills, family and rights.
  • Safe and inclusive learning environments, free from all forms of violence, bullying, stigma and discrimination.

The incumbent will provide strategic communications expertise, ensure production of communications and advocacy outputs and oversee the development, translation and dissemination of publications. Specifically, the incumbent shall: Long Description

1. Lead on development and delivery of strategic communications plans, activities, products and processes

  • Develop coherent external and internal communications for the section, covering all thematic areas as reflected in section strategy, and identify key audiences, key messages and relevant media to use.
  • Manage and oversee the section’s external communications and visibility through UNESCO platforms (web and social media) both at HQ and in collaboration with regional and field office.
  • Write and edit text for websites, newsletters, social media, media, presentations and ensure all website content is updated. Manage archives including text and graphic content.
  • Collaborate with UNESCO’s health and education regional health advisors, communications colleagues, media unit, and Communications and Public Engagement sector around thematic areas relevant to health and education.
  • Identify and develop relevant partnerships for communications including with UN agencies or other stakeholders for joint communications.
  • Monitor and measure effectiveness of communications.
  • Commission and manage content for multi-media materials such as videos and infographics, prepare briefings for external consultants such as video-makers and photographers.

Long Description

2. Support external visibility and advocacy for key themes under Education for Health and Wellbeing

  • Support the planning and delivery of activities for strategic advocacy on key thematic areas of relevance on education for health and wellbeing.
  • Support planning for section presence at key events including conferences and other global opportunities for exposure through communications plans and products, and input to strategic discussions on plans for mobilization at conference and global events.
  • Support the development of tools or publications for advocacy.
  • Identify and develop relevant partnerships for advocacy including with UN agencies and other stakeholders for joint efforts.
  • Conceive of and develop major communications and advocacy campaigns in collaboration with programmatic colleagues.

Long Description

3. Oversight of the development, production, dissemination, and storage of publications and communications documents

  • Oversee the management of section publications, including leading on the development of the Section’s publication plan, liaison with Education Publications Committee, House-wide Publications Board and other UNESCO-wide communications, publications and media teams CLD and CPE.

  • Manage, or provide oversight for managing, the design, production, legal agreements, translation and publication of all publications and communications materials, with significant input from other colleagues in the Section.
  • Provide strategic input to the design and dissemination for all publications.
  • Oversee the effective management of hardcopy publications and dissemination, and monitoring of use of publications.
  • Provide production and communications support for short-form communications materials and technical briefs.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)

Accountability (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (equivalent to Masters) in education, social sciences, public health, communications, media or related field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional work experience in the field of communications, of which preferably 2 years acquired at the international level.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent strategic, analytical and communications skills.
  • Excellent English writing skills, ability to draft for different types of audiences and different platforms (e:g press releases, social media, technical content).
  • Demonstrated skills in communications and partnerships with government, civil society, UN and/or other stakeholders.
  • Excellent coordination and networking skills, experience in advocacy or influencing.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain good working relations with colleagues and staff at all levels within as well as outside the organization.
  • Task- and results-oriented with ability to prioritise and organize work.
  • Very good organizational skills, tact and discretion.
  • Ability to adapt to a range of projects and to work in a team.
  • Ability to work in an international, multicultural environment.
  • Track record of publications.


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) in English.



  • Working knowledge of French.


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is USD 88,458.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


Please note that all candidates must complete an 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.

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.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


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.

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