Mid-Level Professionals Programme

What is the Mid-Level Professionals Programme?

The Mid-Level Professionals Programme (MLPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented and highly qualified mid-level professionals who wish to start and/or advance their careers as International Civil Servants at UNESCO.

While recruitment is open to candidates from all UNESCO’s Member States, priority consideration, at equal competence, will be given to candidates from non- and under-represented Member States and to internal candidates.

Who Can Apply?

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a national of a UNESCO Member State. Qualified candidates from non- and under-represented Member States are strongly encouraged to apply.

The MLPP selection process is based on the standard UNESCO recruitment process. Standard educational and work experience requirements for professional positions at P-3 and P-4 level apply.

Language requirements

Candidates should demonstrate an excellent knowledge of at least one working language of the Secretariat (English or French). A good knowledge of the other working language is an asset, or in some cases, is required.

Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish could be required or would be an additional asset.


Core Competencies and Values:

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

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework

Recruitment Process


Positions included in the MLPP are advertised for two months. Before applying, please check the requirements carefully to ensure that you are eligible and qualified.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. No changes can be made to the application once submitted.

To apply, please visit the UNESCO Careers website.



Applications will be reviewed to determine if candidates meet the basic eligibility requirements (i.e., experience, education, language, etc.).


Assessments and Interviews

Evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria established in the vacancy notice and may include pre-recorded video interviews, written tests and/or other assessments, and competency-based interviews with live panels. 

Only candidates selected for further evaluation/assessment will be contacted.


Notification of Appointment Decisions

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Unsuccessful interviewed candidates will receive feedback.

Estimated Timeline


Please note that this timeline is indicative and may vary during the process.

Positions for the MLPP 2023

Applications for the MLPP intake in 2023 are now closed.