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Communication Assistant


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 3

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 22-SEP-2020


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


Short Description

Only candidates who are entitled to work in France may apply to this position.

(Duration of contract: 6 months with possible extension up  to total period of 24 months subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.)



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Chief of the Living Heritage Entity and the direct supervision of the Knowledge Management Specialist, the Service Contract Holder shall provide communication support for the knowledge and communication management of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Service Contract Holder shall notably assist with:

Long Description
  • The preparation and follow up of contracts related to  the knowledge and communication management of the Living Heritage Entity;
  • The editing of communication-related texts in English (and, if possible, in French);
  • The management of data related to living heritage and sustainable development goals, and to the survey on living heritage experiences and COVID-19 pandemic;
  • The organisation of communication activities organized in the framework of events and campaigns, including during statutory meetings.


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.




  • Completed secondary, technical and/or vocational education.


Work Experience


  • 2 to 4 years’ relevant experience in the field of culture, communication or related field, of which 2 years preferably acquired at an international level.
Long Description



  • Excellent knowledge of English, both written and oral.
Long Description



  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s programme;
  • Strong analytical, coordination, organizational, planning and time management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), with proven ability to draft clearly in English;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment;
  • Ability to manage a heavy workload, to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to details and quality of work;
  • Good IT skills (Word, Excel, electronic email functionalities etc.).


Work Experience


  • Experience in database usage;
  • Experience in design tools.




  • Good knowledge of French, both written and oral.



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.