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UN Liaison Officer


Post Number : 1USPAX0002RP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: New York

Job Family: External Relations

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-JUNE-2022


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




The mission of the UNESCO New York Liaison Office (NYO) is to develop and maintain cooperation with the United Nations Secretariat, and the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes. The Liaison Office contributes to advancing UNESCO's priorities and programs at the United Nations and to ensuring the Organization's mandate is integrated in all UN system activities.

The work of the Office includes: Institutional Representation; Advocacy and Outreach; Information analysis and brokering/interface; Developing and Building Partnerships.

Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in New York, the UN Liaison Officer will contribute to strengthen UNESCO's cooperation with the United Nations and UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes in New York.

In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of events by monitoring relevant documents and reports, identifying problems and issues to be addressed and liaising with relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the coordination of UNESCO's contribution to UN governing bodies, notably by following activities of the related sub-committees, preparing reports, and recommending follow-up actions on the nexus between peace and security and the development agenda.
  • Keep abreast of latest trends and developments in the area of assignment and provides inputs on issues to the Director.
  • Ensure liaison with the UN Secretariat, in particular the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affaire (DPPA), and other related Offices (SRSG/CAAC, etc.); prepare strategy notes and analysis on political matters of relevance to UNESCO for the Director and the senior management at Headquarters; facilitate contacts between UNESCO Headquarters (with the Sector PAX in particular) and different departments of the UN Secretariat on the above peace and security matters.
  • Coordinate monitoring and analyzing of activities and identifies issues and trends at the UN.
  • Ensure UNESCO's contribution to several crisis/emergency inter-agency mechanisms, including in particular the UN Crisis Management Team (CMT) and DPPA working groups related to conflict affected areas.


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 (Masters or equivalent) in International Relations, Political Sciences, Law or in an other related field of Social Sciences


Work Experience

  • Minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of political science, international relations, law or a related field, of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in working with Member States engagement and coordination.


Skills & Competencies

  • Knowledge and understanding of the diplomatic context of the UN System.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) with internal and external stakeholders at all levels within and outside the Organization.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and excellent drafting skills, including demonstrated ability to draft succinct analytical notes.  
  • Excellent coordination, organization and planning skills.
  • Ability to deliver a high quality service in a timely manner.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team and establish/maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.




Work Experience

  • Experience in the United Nations System or other international organizations.
  • Experience in political outreach, facilitation, analysis, advice and reporting 


Skills & Competencies

  • Knowledge of the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organization and/or the UN system.



  • Good knowledge of French (written and spoken).
  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or 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.

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.