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National Programme Officer (Social and Human Sciences/Executive Office)


Post Number : 3BRSHS1000RP

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: Brasilia

Job Family: Social and Human Sciences

Type of contract : Fixed Term Field

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-AUG-2022


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


Only Nationals of Brazil are eligible to apply for this position


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Office in Brasilia and the Programme Coordinator for Social and Human Sciences, the incumbent will serve as the National Programme Officer – SHS/Executive Office.

The incumbent of the post will be responsible for the management and implementation of activities and projects within the field of Social and Human Sciences in Brazil. S/he will be expected to contribute to the realization of targets set out in the Social and Human Sciences (SHS) Sector Strategy and will be expected to play a significant role in resource optimization and mobilization. The incumbent, liaising with various stakeholders, will also carry out actions in the advancement of joint development initiatives such as the Common Country Assessment, Country Programme Document and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. The incumbent will provide support to the Director of the Office with meeting Programme objectives.

Essential responsibilities will include:

Long Description

Programme and Project Management:

  • Provide Programmatic inputs in support of the planning and implementation of SHS activities and projects, with particular consideration given to themes on Social Inclusion, Youth, Sports, Ethics of Science, Intercultural Dialogue, Management of Social Transformations (MOST) and Antiracism, among others. Monitor and report on the outcomes observed in relation to expected results and propose innovative solutions to any challenges encountered;
  • Participate and represent the Office in relevant United Nations Thematic Groups, as part of efforts to move forward on country priorities and the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Long Description

Advice and Knowledge Management:

  • Support the Director of the Office and the Programme Coordinator for SHS in ensuring Programme coherence and alignment with strategic priorities. Prepare Office contributions to institutional planning mechanisms including the Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the Programme and Budget (C/5) and reports to the Governing Bodies, other Field Offices/Institutes, etc;
  • Maintain a knowledge base of the Programme and assist with policy development through the identification of and familiarity with available authoritative research across relevant domains. Provide information and data for the preparation of documents and analyses;
  • Proactively promote the activities and projects of the SHS Sector, enhancing the visibility of the Office and the Organization. Compile news and information on Programme results in Brazil for dissemination via both conventional media outlets and on-line channels including the UNESCO website and Intranet.

Long Description

Resource Mobilization:

  • Contribute to the formulation of the Office resource mobilization strategy and its biennial implementation plans in collaboration with other Programme Officers, in particular, develop interdisciplinary concepts and project proposals.

Networking and Partnership:

  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to discuss developments and exchange best practices.
  • Create synergies and partnerships with local and international actors to advance SHS work.

Management and Administrative Support:

  • Play a pivotal role in supporting the efficient functioning of the Office of the Director and the work of its personnel.
  • Oversee, as necessary, the completion of key outputs and follow up on diverse queries and action items through the relevant channels and in line with approved procedures.

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)
Building partnerships (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Strategic thinking (M)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of social and human sciences, political science, international relations, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of social and human sciences, political science, international relations at the national or sub-regional level.
  • Experience working in the implementation of national and/or sub-regional projects in the area of social and human sciences.
  • Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization, and establishing and maintaining relations with donors.
  • Experience using web-based information management systems.


  • Proven organizational and coordination skills, ability to take initiative, establish priorities, monitor own work plans and report on actions and projects.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; ability to deal efficiently with partners at different levels.
  • Ability to participate effectively in negotiations.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team environment.
  • Capacity to adapt and adjust work schedules and perform diligently under pressure.
  • Excellent knowledge management with an understanding of emerging communication and information technologies and their potential uses.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.


Work Experience

  • Experience in UNESCO’s Programmes and/or normative tools in the field of Social and Human Sciences.
  • Experience with the United Nations System, multilateral settings/cooperation and development.
  • Experience with inter-agency mechanisms of the United Nations System.
  • Experience working with an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP).


  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s work, and familiarity with Social and Human Sciences Sector activities.
  • Knowledge of the geopolitical context of the region.


  • Excellent knowledge of Portuguese.
  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic).


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 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.

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