Programme Assistant (Social and Human Sciences)


Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 2

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 25 JUL 2024


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



Under the overall authority of the Chief of Section for Inclusion, Rights, and Intercultural Dialogue within the Social and Human Sciences Sector, and direct supervision from the Programme Specialist responsible for the Intercultural Dialogue workstream, the incumbent will support administrative management of the the Intercultural Dialogue workstream's operations and activities, with a principle focus on the 'Fostering Positive Social Transformations in AlUla' project, as follows:

Long Description

General Administrative Support

  • Draft and prepare routine correspondence, memoranda, and non-substantive reports, including managing input for briefings;
  • Maintain confidential and general files and manage file and reference systems, including the shared online working space and collaborative working tools;
  • Review draft documentation for external audiences (reports, briefings etc.), verifying overall accuracy and consistency;
  • Provide guidance and interpretation on human resourcing issues and related administrative procedures (including those related to the recruitment of staff, secondees, and interns);
  • In collaboration with team members, assess and support administrative needs and arrangements for meetings and events.

Long Description

Knowledge Management

  • Facilitate the flow and organization of knowledge and information between Programme Staff in the team, and relevant internal and external partners (including the Royal Commission for AlUla for the 'Fostering Positive Social Transformations in AlUla' project), including maintaining the shared filing system in Microsoft Sharepoint/Teams, as well as other collaborative working tools (such as the shared team planner)


Financial and Budget Support


Budget management

  • Assist and inform the supervisor on financial statuses, using information systems and reporting;
  • Record and reconcile accounting transactions;
  • Follow up on budgetary transactions;
  • Monitor and control commitments and expenditures.

Contract management

  • Assist with the process of vendor registration, and manage accurate and update vendor information as per UNESCO's standard procedures;
  • Support the preparation of Terms of Reference (TORs) for selected vendors/suppliers/consultants/service providers, and assist with the preparation of draft contracts (including following up on internal validation processes), in compliance with UNESCO's procedures, rules, and regulations;
  • Verify contractual supporting documents, responsibilities, deliverables, mandatory reporting, fund transfer modalities, and conditions for collaboration;
  • Follow up on the issuance of payments to vendors/suppliers/consultants/service providers.

Travel management

  • Assist and provide guidance in the preparation (ticketing, accommodation, security arrangements, and internal clearances) and follow up (ensuring circulation of mission reports, closing missions in the internal system) for the official travel of the team, including ensuring all internal processes and regulations are followed.

Long Description


  • Perform any additional secretarial or administrative tasks that may be required to ensure the success of the work of the team.

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.



  • Minimum of a high school diploma


Work Experience

  • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in secretarial and administrative support, preferably in an international environment



  • Experience in provision of programme and administrative support;
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including drafting skills;
  • Excellent computer skills (including on Microsoft Office 365 applications);
  • Capacity to handle information objectively, precisely, and confidentially;
  • Ability to perform tasks in an autonomous manner;
  • Flexibility in adjusting to work schedules and setting priorities, and to manage multiple tasks;
  • Ability to show tact and discretion in dealing with high-ranking officials and with confidential matters and materials.



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


Work experience

  • Familiarity with the UN system or administrative operations of UN agencies;
  • Familiarity with budgeting systems, including SAP;
  • Relevant work experience in an international environment/organization/institution;
  • Experience in drafting communication materials



  • Excellent copy-editing and proofreading skills;
  • Knowledge of UNESCO rules, administrative procedures, systems, and standard practices.



  • Knowledge of Arabic would be a significant asset.


Please note that all candidates must complete an online application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please click on 'apply now' on this page. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria established in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.


The position is a full time role, and will be established as a Service Contract (level 2E) with UNESCO. The gross monthly salary for this role is approximately 2497 euros. Various benefits and entitlements will be offered, the details of which can be found on the UNESCO Careers Website.


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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