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National Professional Officer

National Professional Officer

Post Number : 3MXCI 1000RP

Grade : NO-A

Parent Sector : Communication and Information (CI)

Duty Station: Mexico City

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 Years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-AUG-2020


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


Only nationals of Mexico may apply for this position. 



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Communication and Information (ADG/CI), the close direct supervision and guidance of the Head of UNESCO Office in Mexico, and in close collaboration with and guidance from Professional CI Specialists in the Regional Office, the incumbent is responsible for providing support to the administrative and programme, elements and components of Field Office projects, activities and initiatives. S/he will continually invest in professional learning in respect of programme development activities, project administration, trends and issues specific to the Field. Office and broadening knowledge of other communication and information specialties and UNESCO Sectors represented in the Field Office and of relevance to the country served.    

Long Description

Programme and Project Support: 

Upon instruction undertake research, preliminary analysis, and compile background information to assist with the development of projects and programmes reinforcing national capacities. Coordinate the preparation of routine elements of new projects, options and proposals. Draft project implementation and reporting schedules and prepare or generate tables, graphs, charts and other data and statistics for the preparation of reports, briefings, budget expenditure and other monitoring tools. Collect, review and verify project documents, actions and data in close collaboration with project staff. Check project documents and bring to the attention of the supervisor issues regarding consistency or completeness for follow up action with project staff or thematic teams.  Monitor project activities against work plans and schedules, prepare  descriptions of project progress and highlight gaps and bottlenecks. Analyze specific project activities and propose alternative methods for project management, implementation and problem resolution. Provide logistical and administrative support to meetings, consultations, events, network and partnership initiatives, projects and missions. Assist in facilitating working relationships and exchanges with national and other stakeholders.

Long Description

Research and Knowledge Management:

Undertake specific research and analysis to produce well defined aspects or segments of work products expected from the work unit or Field Office including documents, reports, conventional and on-line publications, news releases, and social media and website content. Update and maintain knowledge management systems to ensure adequate and accessible documentation including all extrabudgetary projects and activities. Upload to automated systems such as Sharepoint and other platforms the institutional memory of own office. Analyze best practices, current trends and programme and country specific issues to acquire, broaden and increase knowledge and technical/thematic expertise.

Long Description


Analyze and compile background  data  for potential  partnerships  and fundraising  opportunities. Arrange outreach activities, briefings, visits, consultations, meetings and other related visibility activities. Compile information for the Field Office's input to UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), Common Country Assessment (CCA), Country Programme Document (CPD), Country Action Plan (CAP) and to other relevant national planning exercises. Liaise with colleagues within the Sector and in other Sectors, in own and other Field Offices, and Headquarters to discuss developments and to archive information on CI initiatives, baselines and impact measurements.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (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.



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communication, journalism, information sciences or other related fields.


Work Experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in the area of communication, journalism and/or information sciences or other related fields, at the national and/or sub-regional level.
  • Experience in working in the implementation of national and/or sub-regional projects in the area of communication, journalism and information.
  • Experience in working with information technology.



  • Proven ability to plan, implement and report on programme actions and projects.
  • Ability to participate effectively in negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Skills in communicating effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing.
  • Excellent IT, knowledge management and social networking skills, good understanding of emerging communication and information technologies and their potential uses.



  • Excellent knowledge of English or French (oral and written) 
  • Very good knowledge of  Spanish.





  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian).

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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.