Consultant for MIL Unit

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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 : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 06-MAR-2024

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 vacant position does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement).

Work assignment:

Under the overall authority of the Head of Unit for Media and Information Literacy and Digital competencies, the Individual Specialist shall provide his/her expertise to support the implementation, launch and dissemination of new resources on Media and Information Literacy at global level, in particular targeting digital platforms and its users. The Individual Specialist should also provide his/her expertise to ensure the implementation and reporting of the communication strategy of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) unit, in consultation with CI/EO’s Communication Officer.

Long Description

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  1. Support the development and dissemination of new UNESCO resources and tools on MIL, in particular with the purpose of tackling online harmful content (hate speech and disinformation).
  2. Identify opportunities; draft proposals and reports setting out plans for engaging digital platforms and content creators on MIL in the activities and events of the Unit.
  3. Engage and liaise with digital platforms and content creators on joint collaborations with the Unit.
  4. Analyze current social media trends and accounts on Media and Information Literacy and provide inputs and recommendations to support the work of the Unit and ensure its visibility on social media.
  5. Support the Unit’s visibility by developing communication materials, writing articles, messages for social media.
  6. Ensure the MIL webpage is up-to-date, and content is coordinated and shared with colleagues to ensure information exchange.
  7. Provide any other support to consultations, events, meetings, missions organized by the Unit.
  8. Support the MIL unit in any other tasks that may be needed.

Long Description


  1. Monthly visibility reports of the Unit.
  2. Contribute to the revised communication strategy for the MIL Unit.
  3. Reports on MIL campaigns, activities and events with digital platforms and content creators.
  4. Detailed list of content creators to engage with the Unit.
  5. Analysis of current social media trends and accounts on MIL.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Planning and organizing (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Results focus (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in journalism, political sciences, management, or in related fields of social and human sciences.

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in communication and information and/or promoting freedom of expression with digital platforms.

Short Description


  • Advanced knowledge of the media and social media landscape and freedom of expression policy developments in particular in relation to online freedom of expression and the curbing of potential harmful content (disinformation, hate speech).
  • Competency in crafting compelling communication materials to enhance project visibility initiatives.
  • Strong analytical and drafting skills.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to be proactive and work independently.
  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s work and mandate.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.


Work Experience

  • Experience with UNESCO and/or the United Nations system and demonstrated understanding of their functioning and procedures.


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


Interested candidates should complete the on-line application, download 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

  1. an up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  2. a statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment.
  3. an indication of the approach (methodology, detailed workplan) he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment, including any inputs that may be required from UNESCO.
  4. List of relevant publications, if any. Provide link or URL to view online.

Part 2: Financial Proposal

A competitive fee for the assignment, which should be quoted in EUR (or USD) and expressed on a monthly basis (with maximum of 5000 EUR per month) – the overall cost of the assignment, expressed as an overall lump-sum.

Long Description

Additional Information:

  • The selected candidate will work at UNESCO’s HQ.
  • This Consultant Contract is for a period of 9 months.
  • Estimated contract dates from 15 March to 15 December 2024.

Applications submitted without Technical and Financial proposals will not be considered.

Evaluation of qualified applicants include a competency-based interview.


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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