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Senior Communications & Outreach Advisor

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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Post Number : ED/PA 187

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 12-SEPT-2021


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


Duration of contract: One (1) year with the possibility of an extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


The Section for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Leadership facilitates and supports the organization’s mandated role in leading the Education 2030 Agenda. In so doing, the SDG 4 Leadership Section works with diverse constituencies, international partners and networks to reinforce global cooperation to support the implementation of collective commitments to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. A renewed Global Education Cooperation Mechanism (GCM) was endorsed at the 2021 Global Education Meeting and aims to bring countries and international partners together around shared priorities in more agile, efficient and aligned ways to accelerate progress towards SDG 4.

Long Description

The new GCM puts forward a remodeled SDG4-Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee (HLSC) which will serve as the global education body, consisting of a “Leadership Group” at Ministerial or Head of Agency level and a “Sherpa Groups.  A dedicated Inter-agency Secretariat hosted by UNESCO will support the functions, activities and meetings of the HLSC and other GCM Forums / Platforms.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), guidance from the Director of the Division for Education 2030, and direct supervision of the Chief of Section of SDG 4 Leadership, the incumbent will lead the development of the communications, outreach and advocacy strategy, and lead on the outreach of all GCM all public information products related to global education cooperation to Member States, partners and the media within the newly established Inter-Agency Secretariat.

Long Description
  • Lead the drafting of the GCM Communications / Outreach / Advocacy Strategy to enhance the visibility of the work of the HLSC and sustain knowledge management. This overall strategy should include a web and digital as well as a public relations (PR) strategy.
  • Coordinate and oversee the development of web design for the management of the GCM webpage/platforms and its implementation.
  • Lead the conception, work plans and supervision of the production and dissemination of a range of communications and advocacy materials and tools in accessible non-technical language, such as: summaries of reports; press releases and op-eds; policy briefs; blog posts; social media posts; photographs and audiovisual materials; infographics and speeches – including related to the three Functional Areas of the GCM.
Long Description
  • Coordinate the overall media outreach of GCM materials, launches and events, connecting with media spokespersons, cultivating long-term media partnerships and identifying PR opportunities. Support in drafting Q&A, speeches, and other press material as required.
  • Liaise internally with the Department of Public Information and across Divisions to ensure coherence on communications, as well as externally with key HLSC stakeholders/partners.
  • Coordinate diverse work carried out by the HLSC and Inter-agency Secretariat related to public facing materials in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors, NGOs and agencies as appropriate; provide programmatic and substantive reviews of materials for presentation to internal and external bodies. Ensure that the outputs produced maintain high-quality standards; that materials are clear and accurate.
  • Manage the drafting of talking points, presentations and background briefs for GCM-related launches and events.
  • Directly manage interns and consultants as required.
  • Perform other duties as required.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Teamwork (C) Innovation (C) Results focus (C) Planning and organizing (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Managing performance (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in communications / journalism, development studies or another social science discipline.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible relevant experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public administration or related area, of which preferably, at least three (3) years acquired at the international level. 
  • Extensive experience in developing, implementing and evaluating communication strategies, reputation and brand management, media relations, outreach and campaigns and in assuming the role of spokesperson.

Skills and competencies:

  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills for different audiences.
  • Experience in writing speeches, key messages and issue briefs.
  • Experience in developing and strengthening media partnerships and relations with global and regional media platforms.
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly, and to advise on high profile and sensitive communication challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to work innovatively with minimal supervision and in a self-motivated manner.
  • Ability to manage a high volume of work, keep deadlines and produce quality work under pressure.
  • Experience in working with diverse teams and ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural team.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English. 

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience with UNESCO and/or UN system.
  • Experience in a developing country context.

Skills and competencies:

  • Familiarity with the functioning of international organizations and those of other major multilateral / international agencies/organizations in the field of education.
  • Good knowledge of and commitment to the SDGs, especially SDG 4, GCM’s objectives, and good understanding of expectations of the GCM stakeholders.


  • Good working knowledge of French.

A written test may be used in the evaluation of shortlisted candidates.


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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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