United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Associate Advisor (The Governing Bodies and Culture Sector)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description

  Post Number : CAB 013 Grade : P-1 / P-2 Parent Sector : Office of the Director-General (CAB) Duty Station: Paris Job Family: Administration Type of contract : Fixed Term Duration of contract : 2 years Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 25-FEB-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST The Cabinet of the Director-General is established with the aim to support the Director-General and her Advisors in defining strategic orientations and managing institutional relations, including in the field of culture, in liaison with UNESCO’s Culture Sector, as well as in relation to UNESCO’s Governing Bodies, in liaison with the Governing Bodies Secretariat. Under the overall authority of the Director of the Cabinet and the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor and the Culture Advisor in the Cabinet of the Director-General, the incumbent is responsible for providing professional and Technical Support to the Cabinet’s work related to the Governing Bodies and to the Culture Sector.

The incumbent will:
  • Review and analyze requests, incoming and outgoing documents and reports submitted to the Cabinet pertaining to the Governing Bodies’ and to the Culture Sector’s areas, identifying in these documents critical elements that should be highlighted for the attention of the supervisors in the Cabinet of the Director-General; obtaining additional information or clarification from the Sectors when necessary; preparing recommendations for the Advisors’ consideration.
  • Support the supervisors in carrying out research and consultations in preparation of the Director-General's meetings with personalities in the Governing Bodies’ and to the Culture Sector’s domains and ensuring that appropriate follow-up action is taken by the sectors concerned.
  • Provide input to the Advisor to the Culture Sector in the Cabinet for the Director-General's public statements/communications on Culture issues upon request.
  • Support the Culture Advisor in reviewing documents submitted by the Cultue Sector for the governing bodies; draft related working documents and briefing notes.
  • Support the Senior Advisor on Governing Bodies related matters in coordinating the preparation of UNESCO’s Governing Bodies meetings with the other advisors in the Cabinet and liaising with the Governing Bodies Secretariat in this regard; provide analytical support in the drafting of related working documents and briefing notes and undertake preliminary revision of documents to be submitted to the Executive Board and General Conference.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (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.

  • Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of International Relations, political science or social science.
Work Experience
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in the fields of international relations and culture or dealing with intergovernmental organs within the United Nations system or similar organizations, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.
  • Experience in providing advice to Senior Management.
Skills & Competencies
  • Knowledge of UNESCO's mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Very good knowledge and understanding of UNESCO’s programmes in its various fields of competence and of the approved programme priorities and proven ability to identify emerging trends, needs and priorities of the Culture Sector and ability to articulate a variety of issues with the organizations’ priorities.
  • Ability to take initiative and to handle assignments, working with a fairly high degree of independence in collecting evidence, synthesizing and analysing information from various sources for review by the Senior Advisor and the Culture Advisor on various matters related to the Governing Bodies and Culture areas.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills with proven ability to prepare and draft clear concise working documents and briefing notes.
  • Ability to present and discuss findings on issues in the area of Culture clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent organizational, Coordination and interpersonal skills including the ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside of the Organization and the ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to prioritize work to meet tight deadlines, to manage heavy workloads and to work under pressure.
  • Strong sense of ethics, integrity, tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Languages •    Excellent knowledge of English and French.

  • Advanced University degree (PhD) in the field of international relations, political science or social science.
WOork Experience
  • Previous work experience within UNESCO, or in another UN agency, in a relevant context.
  • Previous work experience in the academic world as university lecturer or researcher.
Skills & Competencies
  • Familiarity with the activities of UNESCO’s Governing Bodies.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN System.
  • Good knowledge of another official UNESCO language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS 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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS 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.

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