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UN Regional Coordination Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

Santiago (Chile)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Santiago (Chile)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-20

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Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: Santiago

Job Family: Field Operations Coordination

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-JAN-2021


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




UNESCO is fully committed to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) reform launched on 1st January 2019, which intends to improve the UN’s presence in the field in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the regional level, UNESCO is contributing to the ongoing review of the UN architecture and to the drive to strengthen collaboration between UN regional entities in the field, while adapting to the changes under way from both a structural and programmatic point of view.


In support to this enhanced need for coordination and participation, UNESCO is recruiting a UN Regional Coordination Officer to provide support to the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Santiago and contribute to ensure the full participation of UNESCO in the UN development system joint cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean region, now denominated Regional Cooperation Platform (RCP).

Long Description

In this regard, under the direct supervision of the Director, and in close coordination and collaboration with the senior staff responsible for UN regional and national coordination in Chile, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:


Liase with the Regional Collaboration Platform Secretariat.

Map all areas of possible engagement of UNESCO within the regional RCP initiatives and processes and follow-up its implementation involving the participation of the relevant UNESCO offices in LAC;

Ensure and prepare the participation of the Regional Office in the coordination systems, processes and meetings of the RCP. This entails reviewing the documentation, preparing the inputs in collaboration with all relevant UNESCO offices, following-up on the agreements, reporting to the Regional Director and otheer Office Directors and to HQ (Sector for Priority Africa and External Relations)

Provide support to the Regional Director  to strategically position UNESCO as a key partner within the RCP and promote integrated approaches with the wider UN system in UNESCO’s fields of competence, including through the elaboration of support material and analysis to be shared with the RCP;

Support the Regional Director in the review, development and implementation of RCP initiatives, ensuring relevant UNESCO offices’ engagement.  

Support Regional Director through collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to the reform, and on UNSDG global collaboration in the region.

Support the senior staff serving as focal points in UN Peer Support Group, Issue-based Coalition and other regional groupings to which UNESCO may contribute;

Provide assistance to the field offices in the region in ensuring UNESCO’s substantial integration in UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs) and appropriate alignment of UNESCO’s country strategies with UNSDCFs

Support communication related to UNESCO’s participation in RCP and UNCT in Chile.

Contribute to the Regional Office inputs to strategic and programming documents, statutory reports and reports to the Assistant Director-General, Sector for Priority Africa and External Relations and UNESCO Governing Bodies with regards to UNESCO’s involvement in the RCP and on UNSDG global collaboration in the region.

Support cooperation with the UN Country Team in Chile

Support the office’s work with other regional and interregional governmental organizations as appropriate.

Undertake any other tasks as deemed appropriate by the Director and/or the direct supervisor.

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’s or equivalent) in any area of UNESCO’s competencies, international relations, political science, public or business administration, economics or another related field.

Work Experience

Minimum 5 years of professional experience in coordination, planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of activities, projects and/or programmes, of which 2 years acquired at international level, including in Latin America and the Caribbean region.


Excellent knowledge of oral and written English and Spanish.


Work Experience

Experience in implementation of reform processes within the UN system and/or other multilateral/inter-governmental organizations

Experience in field office management and/or field operations.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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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