Associate National Communication Officer


Post Number : 2UACPE0001PA

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Division for Communications and Public Engagement (CPE)

Duty Station: Ukraine

Job Family: Public Information

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 29-JUL-2024 (EXTENDED)


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


Only nationals of Ukraine can apply to this post


Duration of contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance


Under the overall and direct authority of the Liaison Officer of the UNESCO Desk in Ukraine, and under the supervision and technical guidance of the Communication and Public Engagement Division (CPE) at UNESCO Headquarters, the incumbent will coordinate and review all communication efforts of UNESCO's action in response to the war in Ukraine at the field level. The position is meant to showcase UNESCO's work in the areas of education, culture and information within the framework of the project.


With a view to devising, maintaining, updating and implementing a milestone communication workplan, she/he will work in close collaboration with the sectorial programmatic staff at the Kyiv Desk and Headquarters. She/he will also closely liaise with the relevant communication teams of the Resident Coordinator Office, UNCT, Government and UNESCO partners in the project implementation.


Work is performed with a significant degree of operational autonomy and initiative within the established guidelines, procedures and processes. The incumbent will organize his/her work routine and determine priorities while overall objectives and expected results will be set by the supervisor.  In particular, the incumbent will:

Long Description

  • Ensure drafting, producing and publishing quality content for the website, social media (UNESCO Kyiv and UNESCO’s global accounts) and the press (text, still and moving images), both in English and Ukrainian. This will be done in close coordination with CPE at UNESCO Headquarters, and inputs from concerned sectors at Headquarters.
  • Conduct press relations and the coordination of press briefings, acting as a "fixer" for local and international press, to enhance the visibility of the Donor and UNESCO's action in the press and top-tier media. To this end, the incumbent will develop and maintain networks of media contacts, correspondents and journalists.
  • Ensure the identification, selection, coordination and supervision of qualified external consultants such as photographers and videographers for the coverage of UNESCO's activities on the ground, in close coordination with CPE at UNESCO Headquarters.
  • Ensure the production and quality review of communication materials, including brochures, banners, publications, newsletters and flash-info email messages, in close coordination with CPE at UNESCO Headquarters.
  • Plan and advise the UNESCO Officer in Kyiv on the elaboration of sound and effective communication plans and strategy and maintain updated such plans.
  • Undertake additional tasks that may be assigned, provided they are consistent with the function as set out above.

Long Description

Enhanced visibility and communication around the project will successfully be provided, building on UNESCO’s experience in education, culture and information. 

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 or equivalent) in the field of communication, international development, international relations, or a related field.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience at the national or international level.
  • Proven experience in managing communication of projects in the field of education, culture, media, and/or development, humanitarian, human rights, disaster risks, conflicts, or other applicable fields.
  • Strong experience in press relations and digital communication.



  • Strong sensitivity to political context, tact and diplomacy.
  • Outstanding organizational, planning coordination and multi-tasking skills in several areas of communication: photography, video editing, drafting, press relations.
  • Attention to details, awareness of donor's visibility and capacity to bring together various information and elements across the project activities. 
  • Excellent capacity to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources and to write documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate communication/visibility strategies and initiatives. 
  • Anticipation and knowledge of the humanitarian / multilateral landscape in Ukraine. 
  • Ability to work proactively and in autonomy.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Ukrainian.


Work Experience

  • Previous experience working on projects related to culture or emergency response. 
  • Previous experience working with an international organization. 



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and/or Spanish).


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 38 776 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.