Associate Project Officer (Social and Human Sciences)


Post Number : SHS/PA 041

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Social and Human Sciences

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 28-FEB-2024



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Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences (ADG/SHS), the overall supervision of the Director of the Division for Social Policies (DIR/SOP), the general supervision of the Chief of the Sport Section (SHS/SPR) and the direct supervision of the Sport Section’s Programme Specialist, the Associate Project Officer will support the launch, coordination and implementation of Component 1 of the project ‘Fostering positive social transformations in AlUla’, which aims to empower young people to lead social transformation in their communities through grassroots sport projects and sports related trainings.  


The Associate Project Officer will support the development, fundraising, coordination, and implementation of future pilots of the Youth Accelerator Programme as part of plans to scale the programme. The Associate Project Officer will carry out these tasks in close consultation with the Sport Section’s Programme Specialist, the Royal Commission of AlUla and other relevant delivery partners or UNESCO field offices.


This Component centres around piloting the first edition of Fit for Life’s Youth Accelerator Programme. Through expert-led workshops, young leaders in the region will gain skills to design, deliver and evaluate community-based sport initiatives which improve well-bring, employability and social cohesion. They will receive guidance from international experts and gain professional experience via work placements with Fit for Life partners.

Long Description

The duties of the Associate Project Officer, based at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, will include the following:


  • Coordinate and participate in the inception workshop and planning phase for the Youth Accelerator pilot projects, helping to develop detailed workplans for programme activities and logistics and liaising with implementing partners.
  • Support delivery partners in the recruitment and management of local consultants and contractors to assist with on-the-ground coordination and delivery of programme objectives.
  • Assist and coordinate the development of tailored training materials and content for youth masterclass workshops and events.
  • Help organize, coordinate, and facilitate youth capacity-building activities, supporting event logistics where needed.
  • Liaise with implementing partners and host organizations throughout project cycles to coordinate participant work placements and monitor progress.
  • Coordinate the development of events, social media campaigns and communications materials to showcase programme activities and impacts.
  • Contribute to the creation of relevant knowledge by developing frameworks, compiling drafts, conducting analyses, and producing documentation as required to support the programme's strategic objectives and enhance its knowledge base.
  • Support with fundraising and outreach, including related to the development of partnerships and concepts for additional pilot projects beyond AlUla based on thematic areas of sport’s social impact.
  • Undertake additional tasks as necessary, adapting to evolving project needs and on-the-ground implementation challenges to ensure the successful delivery of programme objectives.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

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


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of Social Sciences, International Relations or a related area (such as Education or Sport for Development.)


Work Experience


  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in developing and implementing international projects, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.
  • Knowledge and demonstrable relevant experience working in the fields of sport and youth empowerment, especially with youth skill-building and professional development initiatives.
  • Previous experience designing content for, organizing, and facilitating tailored trainings for youth and other audiences, based on local needs and priorities.

Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Project development and management skills, including partnership engagement, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Coordination and organizational skills, including managing projects with multiple streams, partners, and deadlines.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective multicultural working relations with authorities and programme partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare and present documents and information for a range of audiences, including concept notes, proposals, briefing notes, reports, etc.
  • Knowledge of the sport-for-development sector and of the social impacts of sport and physical activity.
  • Good IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.



  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.


Work Experience

  • Previous experience at UNESCO, in the United Nations System or other international organizations.


Skills and competencies

  • Excellent understanding of UNESCO’s Fit for Life initiative and its work to support youth-led transformations in communities and in policies.



  • Good knowledge of French
  • Knowledge of Arabic


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  78 134 US $.

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.

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