Head of UNESCO Antenna in Kyiv


Post Number : 2UAPAX0001RP

Grade : P-5

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

Duty Station: Ukraine

Job Family: External Relations

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-JULY-2024


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



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) and the direct supervision of the Director of the Regional Office in Venice, the incumbent shall manage the multidisciplinary programme of the UNESCO Antenna in Kyiv (Ukraine).


He/She will coordinate UNESCO’s operations in Ukraine, and provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in planning and implementing activities responding to priority needs in Ukraine in UNESCO's fields of competence, in particular as part of the emergency assistance programme for Ukraine.


The incumbent will consult and cooperate with other UN Agencies, develop synergies with UNESCO’s counterparts on the ground, promote UNESCO’s mandate and strategic priorities with partners and donors, contributing to enlarging partnerships, reporting and advising Headquarters.


He/She will manage the budget and teams of related projects and activities, in close cooperation with the programme sectors, and actively engage in resources mobilization and identifying funding opportunities.


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


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in a discipline related to UNESCO's mandate, Public or Business Administration, International Relations or a related field.


Work Experience

  • At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system or within other international or national institutions, including a wide experience in development issues related to UNESCO’s areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations.
  • Experience in project design, implementation and management, as well as advocacy, resources and partnership mobilization.
  • Demonstrated partnership development and fundraising experience.

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Skills & Competencies

  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated managerial skills combined with flexibility.
  • Proven skills in administration and the management of financial and human resources.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.

  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes, financial resources and exercise appropriate supervision and control.
  • Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.
  • Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, exercise supervision and control, as well as ensure continuous training and development of staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in front of a broad range of constituents, as well as the news media.
  • Excellent interpersonal and representational skills, as well as ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.



  • Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in English or French and working knowledge of the other language. 




  • Courses undertaken or a degree in a management-related field.


Work experience

  • Experience in conducting policy dialogue at government and non-government levels or public and private sectors.
  • Two (2) to five (5) years’ experience in post conflict/post-disaster situations.

Skills & Competencies

  • Broad general culture and sound analytic capacities.
  • Good knowledge of the European Union system.



  • Knowledge of other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, 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 127 226 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.