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Senior Programme Coordinator


Post Number : PAX 048

Grade : P-5

Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: External Relations

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years with possibility of renewal

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 04-JULY-2022


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




Under the overall authority and direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX), the Senior Programme Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of a wide spectrum of activities related to UNESCO's programme on Goodwill Ambassadors (Goodwill Ambassadors, Artists for Peace, and Champions for Sport).

The incumbent manages, advises, and reports on the entire programme, including nominating new candidates, implementing the workplans of present Goodwill Ambassadors and reporting on the achievements of their assignments. The incumbent provides strategic advice and in-house leadership in seeking new Goodwill Ambassadors, elaborating plan of actions, and overall involvement of UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors. The incumbent manages, advises, and reports on programme design, guidelines, resources, and progress.

Long Description

Specifically, the incumbent shall:

  • Manage the programme of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors in line with the United Nations Guidelines for the Designation of Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors as well as UNESCO's Policy Framework for Strategies Partnerships: A Comprehensive Partnership Strategy. Provide advice and recommendation on nomination of new candidates for these positions, coordinate and develop plan of actions for new nominees in collaboration with programme sectors and central services and coordinate the entire process of nominations with various stakeholders in and outside of the organization.
  • Initiate policy development and creation for the programme of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors according to the organization's strategies and programmes. Provide strategy advice for the programme sectors in Headquarters and in the field in seeking new Goodwill Ambassadors and/or developing programmes and activities for already nominated Goodwill Ambassadors.
  • Organize and take the lead in overall event planning and organizations for the Goodwill Ambassador programme. This entitles the designation ceremonies of Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors, Annual Meetings and other events including cultural events and those aiming at awareness raising for various specific programmes, resource mobilizing or reaching out to the new target audiences.
  • Collaborate with and support the Media Services on media strategies and outreach efforts to maximize the global visibility of UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassadors programme. Plan, develop and implement outreach strategies and networking opportunities, aimed at expanding and communicating the activities undertaken by UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors.


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)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in the field of External Relations, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related fields.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible relevant experience in the field of external relations and diplomacy, or related fields, of which preferably 5 years acquired at international level.
  • Proven experience in planning, implementing and managing programmes and/or projects.
  • Proven experience in leading, managing and motivating staff.

Long Description

Skills & Competencies

  • Commitment and knowledge of the Organization's mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Ability to develop and promote collaborations and network with other programme sectors of UNESCO and with external partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with other partner networks outside of the Organization.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, including the ability to establish plans and priorities, as well as implementing them effectively, including running of training programmes.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sense of diplomacy, tact and discretion.



  •  Excellent knowledge of French or English and good knowledge of the other language.




Work Experience

  • Experience in conducting dialogue with Member States and partners.


Skills and Competencies

  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN System.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of current international affairs.



  • Knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian).



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.

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.