National Programme Officer (Social and Human Sciences)


Post Number : 4INSHS0001PA

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: New Delhi

Job Family: Social and Human Sciences

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-JUL-2024


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


Only nationals of India may apply to this position.


Duration of Contract: One (1) year with the possibility of an extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.



Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO New Delhi Regional Office, and direct supervision of the Programme Specialist and Chief of Social and Human Sciences (SHS) Sector, the National Programme Officer (NPO) will be part of the UNESCO South Asia Regional Office in New Delhi (hereinafter UNESCO New Dellhi), and lead the implementation of the "Empowering Minds: Transforming Lives" project aimed at developing a Global MOOC on the Ethics of AI. 

This project responds to the exigent need to cultivate a global community of AI practitioners, experts, researchers, educators, and advocates deeply committed to ethical development of AI. It aims to develop a Global Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Ethics of AI to address the critical need for capacity building and awareness in AI ethics. The project will produce a comprehensive MOOC that includes videos, case studies, and practical resources, and include a series of capacity-building workshops and awareness-raising events.


The NPO will lead the overall project management including coordination and stakeholder engagement, curriculum development, communication, financial management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and reporting. 


The NPO will work in close collaboration with the Bioethics and Ethics of Science section in the SHS Sector as well as other relevant sectors including the Education Programme Sector and the Digital Content Unit, and other various stakeholders, including academic institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector.


In particular, the incumbent will:

Long Description

Coordination and implementation of the project:

  • Lead the project management team and ensure coordination of the Project Steering Committee as well as the Advisory Group for the project, oversee the development and implementation of the MOOC, ensure alignment with the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, and develop, implement, and manage the project's implementation strategy to ensure the timely delivery of project outputs.


Curriculum Development:

  • Oversee the development of the MOOC curriculum, including videos, case studies, and practical resources while coordinating with experts and consultants.


Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Manage stakeholder engagement, including coordination with UNESCO Headquarters and LG AI Research, and foster/manage partnerships with academic institutions, civil society, and the private sector at the global level.


Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Monitor and evaluate project progress, collect data on key indicators, provide quarterly updates to the Project Steering Committee, and draft the annual narrative report and final report for donor submission including lessons learned, and success stories from project implementation.



  • Organize, lead, and attend capacity-building workshops and awareness-raising events, develop communication strategies, and enhance the project's visibility.


Financial Management: 

  • Lead financial monitoring and manage budgets in coordination with the SHS Project Assistant for administration and procurement-related matters.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Professionalism (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in governance of artificial intelligence, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence or digital technologies, law and technology, or in the field of social and human sciences and related disciplines. 



  • Minimum 2 (two) years of progressively responsible experience in programme management (technical and financial), including implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and budget management. 
  • Experience liaising and collaborating with stakeholders.
  • Experience using web-based information management systems.



  • Proven organizational and coordination skills, ability to take initiative, establish priorities, monitor own work plans, budget 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 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 of English.




  • Experience managing projects on developing open educational resources. 
  • Experience managing projects on the ethical, legal, social and governance issues of artificial intelligence and related digital technologies or related areas.
  • Work experience at the international level. 
  • 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.



  • Knowledge of cross-cutting principles such as Gender, Human Rights-based approaches to development, Conflict Sensitivity and Do-No-Harm approaches and disability inclusion.
  • Experience in leading teams effectively.
  • Familiarity with the United Nations system and its coordination mechanism is an advantage.



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


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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 3 008 136 INR.

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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.