United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

National Project Officer (Communication and Information)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description


Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Phnom Penh

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level :

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 21-Jun-2020

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


As the United Nations agency with a specific mandate to promote “the free flow of ideas by word and image”, UNESCO works to foster free, independent and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online. Media development in this mode enhances freedom of expression, and it contributes to peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and Human Rights. In line with UNESCO’s mandate, the Communication and Information Sector initiatives in Cambodia strive to foster freedom of expression, media development, and Access to Information and knowledge, in partnership with line ministries, journalists, media professionals, civil-society and relevant stakeholders.


Under the overall authority of the UNESCO Representative to Cambodia, and in close consultation with the Communication and Information (CI) team at the office, the incumbent shall assist with the day-to-day Coordination and management of the Communication and Information projects implemented in Cambodia.

Specifically, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Coordinate and contribute to the Design and implementation of the CI Programme activities in Cambodia in consultation with relevant Ministries and local partners, including:

  1. Preparation of correspondence and follow-up with the relevant line Ministries and other partners;

  2. Identifying appropriate local implementing partners to assist in the execution of project activities;

  3. Monitoring and backstopping activities, as required.

2. Provide technical assistance, including development of needs assessments and drafting of technical papers and policy briefs in the areas of Access to Information, Freedom of Expression, Media Development and preservation of documentary heritage in the Cambodia context;

3. Assist in organizing meetings, workshops and trainings, including logistical and administrative support, by developing necessary material for the implementation of activities related to the CI programme;

4. Contribute to the development of ToRs and procure international and national consultants, experts and service providers and ensure close supervision for quality delivery of products and services to implement the programme activities;

5. Facilitate communication between international experts and national counterparts;

6. Prepare project briefs and progress reports in English and Khmer language in consultation with the project team;

7. Collect, compile and analyze data related to media and freedom of expression in Cambodia;

8. Attend and report back on project-related meetings and activities arranged both by Government counterparts, NGOs and other partners as required;

9. Facilitate press briefings or other activities pertaining to External Relations and public information;

10.Carry out other work or responsibilities as assigned by the Country Representative and in coordination with the project team.


Proficiency in both spoken and written English and Khmer language is required.

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.REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent and above) in communication, Journalism, media development, social sciences or related field.

Work Experience

Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of journalism, media development, human rights, programme and project management.

Skills and competencies

  1. Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.

  2. Proven capacity to build and maintain effective partnerships inside and outside the organization.

  3. Proven conceptual and analytical skills, including the demonstrated ability to provide advice and Technical Support on media development, freedom of expression, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation.

  4. Good Knowledge and understanding of the government functioning.

  5. Solid understanding of the Freedom of Expression and media context in Cambodia, its key challenges and possible solutions.

  6. Ability to take initiatives, establish priorities and capacity to work efficiently under pressure.

  7. Comfortable with working in a multicultural work place, solid team skills.


Work Experience

3-4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of journalism, media development, human rights, programme and project management.

Demonstrated experience working within the UN System or international organizations.

Skills and competencies

Knowledge of UNESCO/UN rules and procedures.

Contract Modality

Note on Contract Duration: The contract will have a 3-month probationary period, and issued initially for a period of 6 months, with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance, and availability of funds.

Type of Contract: Service Contract

Level of Contract: SB-4 level salary scales in Cambodia (subject to experience and educational qualifications)

Recruitment Open for: Only nationals of Cambodia can apply for this post


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.

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