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Functional Title: Associate Programme Officer

Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: New Delhi

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 3

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 19-03-2023


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




UNESCO New Delhi Office, the Organization’s first decentralized Office in Asia was established in 1948. UNESCO New Delhi is presently designated as a Cluster Office and is a platform for delivery of activities in all areas of UNESCO’s competence, namely, education, the natural and social sciences, culture, communication and information. It implements a biennial Cluster programme that is integrated within itself and with the overall goals of the Organization. This is done through a fundamental operating principle – consultation and consensus with the National Commissions of the Member States, Regional Bureaus, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders and partners.

The Communication and Information (CI) Programme promotes Freedom of expression and safety of journalists online and off-line by countering hate speech, misinformation and disinformation through awareness raising, monitoring, capacity-building, and technical support. This action is guided by the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.

The CI Programme also supports Media development by strengthening free, independent and pluralistic media, and by creating the conditions necessary for the media to perform effectively. Media and information literacy (MIL) and journalism education institutions are strengthened through policy and curricula development, adaptation and application, and capacity building.

The Programme fosters universal access to information and knowledge through the Information for All Programme (IFAP), as well as through Open Solutions, including Open Educational Resources and through the identification, preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

The Programme aims to strengthen gender equality in media operations and content, and encourages pertinent media coverage of crisis and emergency situations. It contributes to media diversity and pluralism by fostering diverse content, audiences, sources, and systems.

Job Description



Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO New Delhi Office and the direct supervision of the Advisor for Communication and Information Sector, the Associate Programme Officer will work at the UNESCO New Delhi to deliver the following functions:

1. Contribute to planning, implementation and reporting of the CI programme, both Regular Programme activities and Extra-budgetary projects;
2. Coordinate CI programme and project planning and implementation with partner institutions in Cluster countries, including contract preparation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as reporting;
3. Organize and support the delivery of capacity building workshops and meetings of the CI programme/ projects;
4. Prepare reports for projects, meetings, events and workshops organized by the CI Sector.
5. Assist the CI Sector in its preparations for relevant UN International Days such as International Women’s day, World Radio Day, World Press Freedom Day, and other media advocacy events;
6. Contribute to the development of concept notes and project documents, mapping of potential partners and donors, and other fund-raising activities;
7. Facilitate CI Sector’s interaction with various external partners such as government officials, donors, civil society, UN agencies and other partners through effective use of written, verbal and electronic communication;
8. Contribute to visibility actions of the CI programme by drafting news items, press releases, speeches, publication launches, updating webpages and active use of social media as well as other outreach materials as may be required;
9. Any other activities that may be required to ensure the success of the CI team.

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.



A Bachelor’s degree in related fields of journalism, mass communication, media studies and/or related disciplines in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.





Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, information science, social science, media, management or closely related discipline(s). A first level university degree in the aforementioned fields, in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.




Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience, preferably in the field of communication and information and media development.



Excellent knowledge of English (both written and spoken)





Benefits include 2.5 days of annual leave per completed month of service and upto 15% Social Security. Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.


Work Arrangement:


The work schedule is as follows: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.30 pm at UNESCO New Delhi Office. This is subject to change in accordance with the Management’s decision.



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.