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National Communication Officer


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Ukraine
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-26

Parent Sector : Division for Communications and Public Engagement (CPE)

Duty Station: Ukraine

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Standard Duration of Assignement : [[filter13]]

Job Family: Public Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-03-2023


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



Under the direct authority of the Liaison Officer of the UNESCO Desk in Ukraine, and the supervision of the Communication and Public Engagement Division (CPE) at UNESCO Headquarters, the incumbent will coordinate and review all communication efforts of UNESCO's action in response to the war in Ukraine at the field level. The position is meant to showcase UNESCO's work in the areas of Education, Culture and Information, as described in the project document ‘Support for Ukraine in culture and education through UNESCO’ established with the support of the government of Japan.  Specifically, the incumbent will:

Long Description
  • Ensure drafting, producing and publishing quality content for the website, social media (UNESCO Kyiv and UNESCO’s global accounts) and the press (text, still and moving images), both in English and Ukrainian. This will be done in close coordination with CPE at UNESCO Headquarters, and inputs from concerned sectors at Headquarters;
  • Conduct press relations and the coordination of press briefings, acting as a "fixer" for local and international press, to enhance the visibility of the Donor and UNESCO's action in the press and top-tier media. To this end, develop and maintain networks of media contacts, correspondents and journalists;
  • Ensure the identification, selection, coordination and supervision of qualified external consultants such as photographers, videographers for the coverage of UNESCO activities on the ground, in close coordination with CPE at UNESCO Headquarters;
  • Ensure the production and quality review of communication materials, including brochures, banners, publications, newsletters, flash-info email messages, in close coordination with CPE at UNESCO Headquarters;
  • Plan, advise UNESCO Officer in Kyiv on the elaboration of sound and effective communication plans and strategy and maintain updated such plans.
  • Additional tasks may be assigned, provided they are consistent with the function as set out above.
Long Description 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

Academic qualifications

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of communication, international development, international relations, or a related field.



  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level.
  • Proven experience in managing communication of projects in the field of education, culture, media, and/or development, humanitarian, human rights, disaster risks, conflicts, or other applicable fields.



  • Sensitivity to political context, tact and diplomacy
  • Strong experience in press relations and digital communication 
  • Outstanding organizational, planning coordination and multi-tasking skills in several areas of communication: photograph, drafting, press relations;
  • Attention to details, awareness of donor's visibility and capacity to bring together various information and elements across UNESCO programmes in a coherent and powerful manner. 
  • Excellent capacity to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner;
  • Ability to plan and coordinate communication/visibility strategies and initiatives; 
  • Anticipation and knowledge of the humanitarian / multilateral landscape in Ukraine, 
  • Ability to work proactively and in autonomy.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Ukrainian.


  • Previous experience working on projects related to the renovation of buildings of historic of cultural value
  • Previous experience working with a multilateral or international organization.



  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations, in particular the UN System;
  • Experience in partnership development and/or fund raising;
  • Experience in post-conflict and/or post-disaster reconstruction/management response.



  • Any other official language of the Organization.

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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