UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Paris, France


Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: Paris

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Job Family: Social and Human Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-JUL-2022

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


The individual specialist shall:

  • Prepare, drawing throughout the process on feedback and guidance by UNESCO, a UNESCO policy brief on developing and sustaining human rights-based STI systems. The Brief will build on the provisions of the 2017 RS|SR, the General Comment N.25 on science and economic, social and cultural rights of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as on experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of a human rights-based approach generally and in the field of STI systems in particular. The 2020 UNESCO Science Report will be another source of knowledge and information. Against this background, the brief will put forward a set of actionable recommendations for integrating HRBA in STI, highlighting entry points, opportunities and eventual challenges. The brief could also emphasize, as appropriate, specific issues such as climate resilience, indigenous knowledge, academic and scientific freedom, and gender equality.
  • The policy brief will be around 15-20 pages long and contain the following sections:
    • Key insights: to provide a short overview of key takeaway messages and recommendations made in the brief
    • Added value and urgency: to provide context, with references also to the ongoing pandemic and its consequences, as to why a rights-based approach to STI systems is needed
    • Practical Implications: this should be the central part of the brief. It should describe briefly the main operational implications of anchoring STI systems in human rights
    • Opportunities & challenges: to identify main entry points and opportunities but also gaps and implementation challenges
    • Recommendations: to point to possible pathways and priorities for going forward

Furthermore, visualisations and references will also be part of the final product.

Long Description

Deliverables and Timeframe:

  • Preparation of an annotated structure – appr. 5 days
  • Development of a first draft – appr. 30 days (after the finalization of the annotated structure)
  • Finalization of the brief; drawing on UNESCO comments and those of peer reviewers – appr. 10 days (after reception of UNESCO’s input)

Long Description

Long Description

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (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.


Education: Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in human rights.

Language: Excellent written English and French


  • At least 8 years of work experience in the field of human rights, notably the right to science, and human rights-based approaches
  • Experience with normative instruments
  • Experience with STI systems


Experience working for a UN agency or an international organization in the field of human rights and the right to science in particular.

Knowledge of the 2017 Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers

Knowledge and understanding of STI systems


Interested individuals or institutions are invited to submit the specific requirements through careers.unesco.org .

Interested candidates or institutions should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document) in ‘Employment History Form / My Documents’. Before uploading the document, at the end of the word document, please insert the extra pages with the required information listed below.

Interested candidates should provide:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • a statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment;
  • an indication of the approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment, including any inputs that may be required from UNESCO;
  • the overall cost of the assignment, expressed as an overall lump-sum. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.


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: climate resilience, continuous improvement, gender parity, human rights, knowledge sharing, scientific research