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Associate Advisor for the Education Sector


Post Number : CAB 019

Grade : P-1 / P-2

Parent Sector : Office of the Director-General (CAB)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 14-SEP-2020


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




The Cabinet of the Director-General is established with the aim to support the Director-General and her Advisors in defining strategic orientations and managing institutional relations, including in the field of Education, in liaison with UNESCO’s Education Sector. This work will also contribute to ensuring UNESCO’s mandate as lead United Nations agency on the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of Cabinet (DIR/CAB) and the direct supervision of the Advisor for the Education Sector, the incumbent is responsible for providing professional and technical support to Cabinet’s Education-related work.

In this context, the incumbent will be expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Review and analyze requests, incoming and outgoing documents and reports, identifying in these documents critical elements that should be highlighted for the attention of the Advisor for the Education Sector in the Cabinet of the Director-General; obtaining additional information or clarification when necessary; preparing recommendations for the Advisor’s consideration.
  • Support the Advisor for the Education Sector in carrying out research and consultations in preparation of meetings of the Director-General with personalities in domains related to Education, and ensure that proper follow-up actions are taken by Programme Sectors and Services.
  • Support the Advisor for the Education Sector in reviewing documents and briefing notes on Education-related topics, including for submission to UNESCO’s Governing Bodies.
  • Provide input to the Advisor for the Education Sector for the Director-General’s public statements and communications on Education.
  • Liaise with the Education Sector to ensure relevant and efficient exchange of information.


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 (Master or equivalent) in the fields of education or social sciences.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experiences in the field of international relations and education.
  • Experience at the international level.
  • Experience in providing advice to Senior Management.


Skills & Competencies

  • Very good knowledge of UNESCO Education Sector’s work and programmes.
  • Sense of diplomacy and integrity.
  • Good understanding of the United Nation system, international relations and geopolitics.
  • Capacity to deal with sensitive topics and keep information confidential.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Capacity to work in, and adapt to, multicultural environments.
  • Capacity to work under stress and to maintain deadlines.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and French.




Work experience

  • Experience in institutional relations and protocol.
  • Experience in intergovernmental organisations.
  • Knowledge of other fields of work of UNESCO (culture, information, sciences).



  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (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 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.