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Call for Application - Human Resources / Financial Management / Strategic Planning


Grade : N/A

Parent Sector : [[Administration]]

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-AUG-2020


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



The UNESCO Internship Programme offers you practical work in a multicultural environment. Aside from helping you understand the Organization’s mandate, programmes and main thrusts, it also enhances your academic knowledge with relevant work assignments that can help you prepare for your future career.


Develops and implements Human Resources strategies, policies and tools to support the Organization in meeting its mandate and objectives. The bureau manages recruitment, mobility, learning and development, entitlements, performance management and staff relations required to strengthen the Organization’s capability to deliver its programmes more effectively and efficiently.


Financial Management operations are aligned in five areas: provision of financial and accounting services; preparation of integrated budgets; monitoring and reporting of financial performance; developing financial and budgetary policies and processes and monitoring compliance to them; and the provision of administrative support to field operations and to other sectors and bureaus.


Assists the Organization in setting its strategic, programmatic and resource allocation priorities, and in reaching out to partners to ensure those priorities are adequately resourced. The bureau also acts as the central hub for engagement with public and private partners.

  • The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and support the over-all work of the bureau where he/she will be assigned to.
  • The intern will be selected according to their specialization and assigned to the appropriate section in the bureau.
  • The intern will report to an assigned supervisor.
  • Activities will vary depending on the requirements of the assignment.
  • Specific Terms of Reference and learning objectives will form part of the contract.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (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.

Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants to UNESCO internships must at the time of application meet the following academic requirements:

  • Completed university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment;
  • Enrolled in a graduate programme (second university degree or Master's degree or equivalent, or higher), at the time of application; or
  • Have graduated with a university degree (first or second degree as defined above), and must start the internship within one-year of graduation;
Long Description
  • Age: You must be at least 20 years old to apply.
  • Languages: You should have an excellent command, both written and spoken, of English or French. A working knowledge of the other language (English or French) is an asset, and may be required for internships in secretarial and assistantship assignments at the headquarters.
  • Computer skills: You must have an excellent knowledge of computer systems and office-related software.
  • Team player: You should be able to work well in a team and adapt to an international working environment.
  • Communication skills: You should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage from a valid major global medical insurance company for the duration of the internship.
  • Provide a medical certificate of good health prior to starting the internship.
  • You are allowed to submit only one application.
  • The duration of an internship generally ranges between 2 and 6 months.
  • Even if you are eligible, there is no guarantee of placement. We receive more applications from qualified candidates than we can place.
  • Your application will be accessed by UNESCO managers around the world and will stay in our database for a period of six months.
  • We do not respond to each and every candidate. If selected, you will be directly contacted by the manager. If you do not receive any update within six months, it means that your application has not been successful.

UNESCO does not remunerate interns. There is no compensation, financial or otherwise for internship assignments.


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.