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Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris


Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-NOV-2023

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


The Communication and Information Sector’s mission is to promote freedom of expression, media development and media literate societies, and to build knowledge societies through fostering universal access to information, innovation for sustainable development and the preservation of documentary heritage. (The role of this position does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement.).

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the Director of the Division for Digital Inclusion and Policies and Digital Transformation (CI/DPT) and the Chief of Section for Universal Access to Information and Digital Inclusion (CI/DPT/UAI) and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Specialist responsible for Open Educational Resources (OER) and digital competencies, the individual specialist will specifically undertake the following tasks:

Long Description

1) Support the implementation of the OER Dynamic Coalition (OER DC) activities: support the development of the OER DC Portal by providing backstopping for the development of the content and community building; and facilitate regional and intra-regional collaboration between stakeholders; ensure liaison with the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on Dynamic Coalition activities.

2) Organize at least 3 Bilingual OER Dynamic Coalition Webinars: identification of themes, draft concept note, liaison with speakers and UNESCO CLD services, inputs to the moderation of the Webinars and implementation of follow up actions arising from these Webinars.

3) Support the development and implementation of Briefing Notes for the UNESCO OER Recommendation Implementation by assisting in their finalization, organizing awareness raising events and facilitating the organization of at least 2 workshops for the implementation of these tools.

4) Support the organization and implementation of the UNESCO OER Dynamic Coalition Advisory Group Meeting foreseen in November 2023. This would include supporting the debates, and reporting on outcomes as well as supporting the implementation of outcomes of this event, including global meetings of related to the implementation of the UNESCO 2019 Recommendation on OER.

5) Support the implementation of the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers/Harnessing OER project by liaising with at least 2 Member States with a view to supporting the facilitation of related capacity building, offering digital skills development for teacher trainers and/or trainers of instructors working with young people. This includes liaison with the ICT CFT Harnessing Network and support for its further development.

6) Assist in analyzing resource requirements and setting/adjusting resource mobilization targets, mapping of potential donors, drafting funding proposals as necessary and reaching out to potential partners.

7) Support backstopping in the framework of the activities related to digital inclusion and openly solutions.

8) Prepare news items, reports, synthesis notes, and briefings related to ongoing and future OER Dynamic Coalition projects, activities and events, and other programme documents; carry out relevant desk research.

Deliverables and timeline
• Monthly progress reports on the progress in delivering the outputs related to the work assignment.

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.



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, communication, social sciences or related field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience at the international level in education.
  • Experience in communicating project implementation actions and results in a Multilanguage context.


  • Excellent communication skills, excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data to compile and synthesize information in coherent and succinct formats.
  • Ability to implement communications and publications strategies.
  • Advocates effectively.
  • Excellent coordination and negotiation skills.
  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies.
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing.
  • Demonstrated ability to use office equipment with computer literacy in graphic design, publication design, multimedia products development, web design, web content, etc.
  • Knowledge of UNESCO/UN rules and procedure.
  • High attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment and team spirit.


  • Excellent knowledge of English and French.


Work Experience

  • Experience implementing activities related to OER and UNESCO Normative Instruments.
  • Work experience in the establishment and maintenance of electronic collaborative working spaces for the implementation of activities in a multilingual and multicultural environment.
  • Experience working on activities related to ICT and Education in the UNESCO and /or UN Context.
  • Experience working in UNESCO Field Units.


  • Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish will be an asset.



Interested candidates should complete the on-line application and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information.

Part 1: Technical Proposal:

  • A letter indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment.
  • A personal CV
  • List of relevant publications, if any. Provide link or URL to view online.

Part 2: Financial Proposal:

  • A competitive fee for the overall cost of the assignment, which should be quoted in USD (or EUR) and expressed on a monthly basis (with maximum amount 2850 EUR monthly).

Additional Information:

  • The selected candidate will work remotely.
  • Contract duration is for a period of 11 months.
  • Estimated contract start date November 2023.


  • Only applications providing the information requested under application procedure will be considered.


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.


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