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Associate Editor

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-1, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Translations and Languages
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-25

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Post Number : IIEP/PA/086

Grade : P-1

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) : 18-JAN-2021


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 satisfactory performance. 


As the only specialized organization with the mandate to support educational policy, planning and management, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) plays a unique role within the United Nations system. IIEP was established in 1963 as an integral part of UNESCO. It supports ministries of education around the world and other key actors to plan and manage education systems through its programmes of training, technical assistance, policy research and knowledge sharing. IIEP also includes the IIEP Pole de Dakar and Buenos Aires Offices.


This position is located in the Information Services Unit of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris and reports to the Information Services Team Leader. Under the supervision of the Team leader and in close collaboration with other team members, the incumbent is in charge of reviewing, revising and editing IIEP documents, such as manuscripts, concept notes, web news, institutional documents, etc. The incumbent supports in particular IIEP move towards e-publications, including through the provision of advise and assistance in this regard to IIEP staff. Because of the public nature IIEP content, the incumbent must demonstrate very good editorial skills and sound judgement in order to maintain IIEP’s excellent reputation. The incumbent will have the following duties and responsibilities:


1. E-publications

  • In close coordination with and with the support of the Information Services Team Leader, the incumbent initiates and contributes to IIEP’s transition towards e-publications. The incumbent liaises on a regular basis with UNESCO headquarters and all those concerned The incumbent advises and assists IIEP staff with all electronic publishing related issues.


2. Editing and manuscripts preparation

  • Reviews, revises and/or edits IIEP manuscripts and other documents, liaising with contributing authors (internal and external) as needed, and notably to ensure that mansucripts submitted for publication are complete.
  • Prepares manuscripts for copy-editing and works with authors to resolve copy-editing queries. The incumbent prepares manuscripts for layout, subsequently inserting proof corrections (using Adobe InDesign). The incumbent assists in verifying corrections to proofs at progressive publication stages.
  • Drafts short texts (e.g. notes, blurbs) as needed and keeps track of expected and delivered manuscripts.

3. External providers

  • Liaises with external service providers (copy-editors, proofreaders, etc.) throughout the publication process and assures timely delivery of results. The incumbent contributes to identifying new external service providers on a regular basis and to assessing the quality of their work, with a view to feed IIEP roster.


4. Rights and licensing

  • Assists in managing rights, licensing and co-publishing agreements, in close coordination with UNESCO headquarters. The incumbent acts in particular as IIEP focal point for all Open Access related issues.


5. Dissemination

  • Contributes to ensuring the visibility of IIEP publications by writing notes and promotional material for IIEP’s newsletter, website, and other communication materials. In close coordination with the Associate Communication Officer and the Associate Web Officer, the incumbent ensures all flagship publications come with a targeted communication plan to ensure visibility towards IIEP key audiences, thus contributing to the sharing and dissemination of IIEP knowledge and resources.
  • Contributes as needed to IIEP public communication activities (including the organization and promotion of IIEP events), and to global advocacy campaigns.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (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 degree or equivalent) in humanities,International affairs or development, journalism, publishing, ore related field. 


 Work Experience

  • Minimum one (1) year of professional experience in the field of publishing, including editing in English, acquired preferably at the international level.


 Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent editing and writing skills. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with e-publishing.
  • Good knowledge of academic publications and related dissemination modalities.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality standards across all assignments. 
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and organize own work. 
  • Ability to  work under pressure,  work independently  and to demonstrate initiative. 
  • Ability to confidently communicate with various audiences in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and  ability to establish effective  working relationships in a multicultural team.



  • Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of French.




Work Experience

  • Working experience in the United Nations system.



  • Knowledge of Spanish.




UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which, where applicable, may include 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc. For more information on benefits and entitlements, please follow this link:  ICSC booklet



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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