Non-Staff Service Contract


Parent Sector : Social and Human Science (SHS)

Duty Station: Paris

Type of contract : Service Contract -"Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project "

Level : Level 3

Duration of contract : 1 Year

Recruitment open to : Internal and External Candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15 JUL 2024


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



The UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples programme is developing a two-year project with the support of the European Commission to raise-awareness, reinforce mutual understanding, fight racial discrimination, and foster cohesion in communities within the European Union through better comprehension of the history and legacies of enslavement and the slave trade. This project is aligned with the Routes of Enslaved Peoples strategy  and the  EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020-2025.

Under the leadership of the Chief of the Inclusion Rights and Intercultural Dialogue, and the direct supervision of the Section’s Deputy Chief, the contractor shall fulfill the following tasks:

  • Ensure the coordination of the joint UNESCO-European Commission initiative, consisting of the implementation of the following four activities:
    • Production of children books on the history and legacies of enslavement, based on workshops led with European students to identify with them the themes to be addressed;
    • Organization and publication of a cross-referenced interview analysing the traumatic legacies of enslavement and the Holocaust;
    • Organization of two workshops aiming to heal from the psychological trauma inherited from the history and legacies of enslavement and the slave trade in France (Guadeloupe) and Spain;
    • Production of a study in collaboration with young Europeans from impacted communities, to identify and compile good practices in the fight against racism and discrimination experienced by people of African descent.
  • Handling any administrative task pertaining to the initiative, including but not limited to: contract processing; financial operations guidance; project reporting and evaluation.

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.



  • At least a Masters degree in the field of Social and Human Sciences, specifically on African studies or Ethnicity and Racism Studies;

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 2-year experience in administrative and project management, especially relating to the fight against racism and discrimination;

Skills and Competences

  • Good knowledge of UNESCO Administrative functioning;
  • Good knowledge of international organisations and academic institutions working in the field of African studies.
  • Ability to work independently under general guidance, and to exercise initiative and judgement.
  • Excellent analytical skills. Ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources.


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



  • Good knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian).


The salary consists of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance and medical insurance.

The contract will be constituted of a UNESCO service contract level 3C, amounting to 2405 euros net per month for a full-time contract (5 days per week remotely).



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.