Programme Assistant (Communication & Information)


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Brasilia

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff  (Service Contract)

Level :  G-6

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26-FEB-2024


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


Only candidates who are entitled to work in Brazil may apply to this position



Under the authority of the Director and Representative of UNESCO in Brazil and the supervision of the Communication and Information (CI) Programme Coordinator, the incumbent will be responsible for the following actions, related to the CI field:

Long Description

  • Support all phases of project implementation: identification of needs, proposing actions, technical and financial monitoring;
  • Support the identification, evaluation, systematization and dissemination of experiences, initiatives and best practices in the field of CI;
  • Participate and prepare documents for meetings involving discussions on the project development; participate and prepare documents for use in discussions, meetings, workshops, seminars, briefing sessions, missions and other events related to the projects;
  • Provide support to the management of projects’ activities and expenses; ensure the accuracy of administrative data related to the projects;
  • Assist the projects on budget control and administration; propose and adopt budgetary and financial indicators to provide inputs for the management of the programmatic activities; elaborate financial and budgetary reports, graphs, charts and tables;

Long Description

  • Assist in the logistics of events regarding financial resources and administrative procedures (price quotations, suppliers, etc.) for seminars, meetings, workshops, etc.;
  • Follow up all administrative and financial issues linked with the implementation of the projects; summarize information reflecting current and future obligations;
  • Assist in the preparation of terms of reference and follow-up the implementation of contracts or sub-contracts related to the projects;
  • Act as a liaison among UNESCO and its contractors and donors;
  • Prepare reports, correspondence and documents as requested;
  • Arrange travel, meetings and take notes as directed;
  • Maintain and keep current registers, control plans and files updated;
  • Follow-up and contribute to the proper execution of projects in the educational area as well as in the other areas of the UNESCO mandate, as necessary;
  • Perform other duties as required by the supervisors.

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.




  • University degree in Education, Social Sciences, Communication, International Relations, Administration or related fields.



  • Five to Six years of previous experience in managing technical cooperation projects’ activities and expenditures.
  • Experience in supporting technical or managerial professionals at the national or international level is also required.


  • Strong sense of ethics, initiative, accountability, discretion and maturity of judgement.
  • Pro-activeness and ability to work under pressure; accuracy and sense of confidentiality; ability and flexibility to manage workload;
  • Team and service-oriented, autonomy, emphasis on quality, efficiency and results;
  • Good IT skills (Microsoft package), including experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.). Experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Ability to maintain accurate files and records; good organization skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment: with people of different national and cultural background. Gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;



  • The position requires proficiency in Portuguese and English.





  • Specialized training or courses in the fields related to this position.



  • Relevant experience within the United Nations System;
  • Experience working with International Organizations.


  • Knowledge of UN rules and practices, procedures, protocols;
  • Knowledge of SAP or similar ERP system.



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (French or Spanish).



This assignment is of full-time nature (Monday to Thursday: 8h30 to 12h30 / 14h to 18h; Friday: 8h30 to 14h). 

For this position, the monthly remuneration, which will be paid in local currency, will be BRL 10.554,60.

The initial contract is intended until the end of 2024 and shall be linked to a project-funding source, which is expected to be renewed. Any contract renewal shall be dependent upon budgetary availability and satisfactory services. Further information regarding contractual modality as well as the applicable benefits package will be provided for short-listed candidates only.


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.