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Project Officer (Social and Human Sciences)


Post Number : SHS/PA 029

Grade : P-3

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 : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 16-OCT-2022


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

Initial duration of contract is 12 months with possibility of renewal subject to funding and satisfactory performance.



As reflected in the United Nations Secretary General’s ‘Our Common Agenda’, futures literacy and foresight are crucial for contemporary government and global policymaking. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight  (RPF/SHS) and the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist (RPF/SHS), this role will support the development, management and implementation of UNESCO’s Futures Literacy workstream, including its foresight activities. 
The Project Officer will have a primary role in designing, organization and implementation of futures literacy and foresight projects with range of global, regional and national stakeholders, for example, in regions such as Africa, the Arab States and Asia Pacific. The role will also manage key activities and events hosted and organised by the workstream, including for World Futures Day.  
The Project Officer will bring high level expertise to projects and skills to establish synergies across activities and new opportunities for collaboration. For example, s/he will be expected to play a central role in futures literacy and foresight research projects, including methodological research, and work directly with UNESCO Chairs and other research organisations. 
The duties of the Project Officer, based at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, will include the following:

  • Manage Delivery of Futures Literacy and Foresight Activities: Design and organise futures literacy and foresight laboratories and integrated research and other implementation activities with range of stakeholders. Lead missions to support Laboratories all over the world, especially in Africa, Arab States and Asia Pacific. Manage key activities and events hosted and organised by the workstream, including for World Futures Day.   
  • Define, coordinate, supervise and ensure the delivery of work performed by consultants, including researchers, designers and facilitators for futures literacy and foresight activities, including Laboratories.
  • Nurture strategic networks for futures literacy and foresight, through engaging new stakeholders, including with the UNESCO Chairs, to harness knowledge, research and innovation; disseminate information, and foster additional research partnerships.
  • Support the design of proposals by developing and drafting integrated project proposals; presenting futures literacy and foresight projects to targeted audiences and disseminating information about initiatives; and interacting with potential partners and co-designers as part of the collaborative process leading to the finalisation of proposals for projects. 
  • Draft reports, memos, and implement actions following events and activities.

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 Social Sciences.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four years of experience in the field of social sciences, including strong experience delivering proposals, leading projects and teams, and designing and delivering multi-stakeholder exercises, of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level.
  • Technical experience as a co-designer and facilitator of futures and foresight activities such as laboratories, facilitation experience, and experience using existing and developing new futures and foresight tools and methods.

Skills & Competencies

  • An understanding of resource mobilization activities, including concept and proposal development. 
  • Excellent analytical skills. 
  • Excellent drafting skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Ability to work independently and with tight deadlines.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize own work and to demonstrate initiative.
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships within a multicultural team.
  • Good IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English. 



  • PhD in Social Sciences.

Work Experience

  • At least four years of experience working with national, regional and international partners, including from Africa and Arab states regions.
  • Flexibility working with various stakeholders under different time frames and to manage competing priorities and multiple files.


  • Working knowledge of French.


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 92 784 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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.