UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Montevideo


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Montevideo

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Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-JUL-2022

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


The National Project Officer will support the UNESCO Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Adviser for Communication and Information (CI), based in Montevideo Office, and will be responsible to ensure the efficient and qualitative implementation of the overall UNESCO Regional CI Programme.

Under the supervision of the CI Regional Advisor, the incumbent will perform the tasks as follows:

  • Coordinate with autonomy a variety of projects in the field of freedom of expression, access to Information and safety of journalists.
  • Assist in the organization of the work of the Memory of the World Programme in the Latin American and the Caribbean region, including the development of an observatory of documentary heritage in danger.
  • Develop project proposals for potential funders.
  • Prepare and participate in events, seminars and other events; draft of talking points, draft programmes, identification of speakers, etc.
  • Prepare briefings and reports for senior staff as well as results reports on an annual basis; organize an effective M&E system that feeds into different reporting levels.
  • Draft news articles on achievements on a regular basis and keep the dedicated CI website up to date.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)



  • Advanced University degree (Masters or higher) in journalism, communication, or related fields.

Work Experience

  • Minimum five years of experience relevant to the position.


Excellent command of Spanish and English.

Knowledge, skills, and competencies


  • Proven experience working in a regional or international organization, agency or foundation in the field of freedom of expression, digital rights, human rights or related areas.
  • In-depth knowledge of major issues at stake in the fields of freedom of expression, access to Information, digital rights, and safety of journalists, including legislation frameworks, case law and international standards.
  • In-depth knowledge of Results-Based-Management and formulation of theory of change for projects and interventions in the field of freedom of expression, access to Information and safety of journalists.
  • Good knowledge of the UN system and of UNESCO’s CI mandate.
  • Good knowledge in project implementation and/or project management.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; capacity to write clear prose.
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to be proactive and work independently.


Only Nationals of Uruguay or persons with permission to work in Uruguay may apply for this position, which is full-time.

Remuneration will be 120.000 Uruguayan Peso per month and invoice must be presented.

Duration of contract : initial contract until the end of 2022 with annual extension (subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance).


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.

Tags: access to information, caribbean region, continuous improvement, digital rights, freedom of expression, gender parity, human rights, journalism, knowledge sharing, latin america, project implementation, project management