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Associate Project Officer (Communications)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Post Number : ED/PA 207

Grade : P-2

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) : 15-DEC-2022


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.



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Education and of the Director ED/ED2030 and under the direct supervision of the Chief, Section of Education for Gender Equality, the incumbent will work closely with Programme Specialists and Project Officers, and liaise with UNESCO country offices and other relevant Sectors and Divisions (Division for Communications and Public Engagement, the Gender Equality Division in the Office of the Director-General and the Sector for Priority Africa and External Relations). 


Long Description

Specifically, the incumbent shall:

  •  Conceptualise, plan and support the implementation of communication and advocacy strategies on gender equality in education, and monitor and evaluate impact of strategies and activities, with the aim to increase opportunities for partnerships, resource mobilization and the expansion of good practice on gender equality in and through education.
  • Produce a range of communications and advocacy materials and tools in accessible non-technical language (press releases, website texts, brochures, posters, infographics, posters and other audiovisual materials) and support their dissemination (electronic and printed), including through liaison with contractors such as videographers, photographers and other communication consultants.
  • Create, manage and monitor the reach of digital content on gender equality in education (website and social media), and identify opportunities to enhance the reach and use of UNESCO’s social media content and messages.
  • Conceptualize, plan and support the implementation of advocacy events, campaigns and activities on gender equality in and through education, identifying relevant partnerships and working closely with other Section programme staff, Field Offices and partners. 
  • Support with other Section programme staff the design, production, dissemination and management of publications on gender equality in and through education.
  • Act as the main focal point of the Section for communications and publications, including responding to external and internal information requests on the Section’s work on gender equality, participating in relevant meetings, and preparing reports on communication results.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (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. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS



  • Advanced university degree (equivalent to Masters) in education, social sciences, public health, communications, media or closely related field(s).  


Work Experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of communications, journalism, media, or external relations, public affairs, of which preferably 1 year acquired at the international level. 
  • Experience in communicating on gender equality and education. 



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely in English for different types of audiences and different platforms.
  • Good organizational and planning skills, and an ability to prioritise and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, suggest practical solutions and follow-up effectively on management decisions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with proven ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment and with partners outside of the organization.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, to manage heavy workload and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience in advocacy or influencing.
  • Ability to work in a team. 



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and good knowledge of another UNESCO official language.



  • Studies or professional training on gender equality.


Work Experience

  • Experience working in the UN.



  • Excellent knowledge of French or Spanish.



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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is USD 72,452 US $.

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 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.

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