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Junior Consultant on Access to Information, Linguistic Diversity and Inclusion (CI/KSD/UAP)

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Human Resources
    • Disability Rights
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-29

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Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris

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) : 29/JAN/2020


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



Under the responsibility of the Director of Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, Chief of the Universal Access and Preservation, and programme specialist, the Contractor will provide support in the implementation of the UNESCO’s Major Programme V Communication and Information, Main Line of Action 2: Building Knowledge Societies through ICTs, by enabling universal access to, and preservation of, information and knowledge, on the access to information for marginalized social groups, including a follow up to the International Year of Indigenous Languages and related extrabudgetary projects in the subject area as well as inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Long Description

I. Secretariat support:
a.    Assistance in planning and implementing UNESCO programme activities with special focus on the planning of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages:

i.    Planning of the related events, consultations and discussions to the upcoming International Decade on Indigenous Languages, including online consultations;

b.    Assistance in implementation of the project related to the linguistic diversity and development of the World Atlas of Languages, with special focus on Arabic aspects:

i.    Organization of the regional events and consultations, including with UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and other UNESCO Sectors;
ii.    Carry out additional research in the subject area for the project, including identification of necessary resources.

c.    Assistance with the preparation of the technical report on the impact of the International Year, including assistance on background research, photo-stories research, fact checking, web search, as well as other tasks as required, working closely with the editorial team.

d.    Assistance in planning and implementing UNESCO programme activities with special focus on the inclusion of persons with disabilities:

i.    Organization of the International Day (3 December 2020) and award ceremony;
ii.    Organization of the other relevant events related to the UN States Parties meeting in June 2020, and contribution to the implementation of other activities;

e.    Provide general office assistance, receive, register, review and draft correspondence and documents, maintain mailing lists and other contact lists, respond to queries about the UNESCO’s work in the above-mentioned areas, preparation of meeting notes and other documentation related to the upcoming events.

f.    Follow up on the emails and other external and internal enquires using the existing online platforms.


Long Description

II. Planning and organizational support:

a.    Assistance with the maintenance of the dedicated website to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages including updates management of requests, emails, preparation of announcements and correspondence with partners, research, communication and other;

b.    Assistance in organization of events related to the linguistic diversity and development of the World Atlas of Languages, with special focus on Arabic aspects;

c.    Assistance with the development of a new platform for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages;

d.    Assistance with production of various communication and information materials, announcements, news items and other resources based on the data provided by UNESCO for dissemination, presentation and other purposes; drafting relevant information materials;

e.    Assistance with logistic and administrative tasks related to the preparation of the materials, organization of events, and other;

f.    Follow up on the emails and other external and internal enquires.


•    Monthly progress reports.


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) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

•    Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in linguistic diversity, heritage studies or social anthropology.

•    Minimum two years of relevant professional experience in the field of social and human sciences, communication and information, with preference in linguistic diversity and heritage studies, of which preferably 1 year at working with research community, linguistic minorities networking and similar projects related to the promotion of linguistic diversity.


Language skills

•    Excellent knowledge (written and oral) of English;
•    Good knowledge of French desired;
•    Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.


Competencies and skills

•    Good project management skills, networking skills; good written and oral communication skills, good IT and information and knowledge management skills.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in multicultural environment with external and internal partners;



•    Experience with UNESCO, including linguistic diversity related work, and/or the United Nations system and understanding of their functioning and procedures would be an asset.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE - please add the following required information:

Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now”, and or if the button is not visible, look for, download and complete the
•    Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

•    A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment;


A written proposal comprising:
•    A statement on linguistic diversity (500 words max)
•    An approach and methodology for the assignment, including a short work plan;
•    CV ;
•    Amount to be charged for the assignment should be quoted on a monthly basis (a full time working in Paris) with a maximum amount of 2.600 EUR.


•    No travel to the duty station is supported.
•    Report to work: 10 February 2020 – 10 December 2020.


  • Only applications providing the information requested under application procedure will be considered.
  • Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment

UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. 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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