Thursday, December 01, 2005

Jobs at UNESCO

UNESCO's Paris Garden by Isamu Noguchi

Go to the UNESCO employment website.

UNESCO regularly recruits staff to fill vacancies at its headquarters in Paris, as well as, openings in their field offices and various institutes throughout the world. Citizens of the United States are eligible for such positions, and indeed the State Department encourages UNESCO to employ citizens of this country.

UNESCO's employment website provides job listings, as well as information about working for the organization. Special programs are available for
Young Professionals
Associate Experts

The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO provides some information about opportunities at UNESCO on its website.

Seniot positions for which recruiting is now underway include:

DIRECTOR of the Office and UNESCO Representative to Brazil (closes December 14, 2005)

Director of the International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa (IICBA)

I would suggest that U.S. citizens interested in applying for such positions inform either the staff of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO or the staff of the U.S. Mission to UNESCO in Paris. They might be helpful in providing information to the applicants, and in supporting the application.


Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,

Recently, I have applied for a multiple duty stations field officer position (P1-P2).
I meet all the requirements (university studies; 4 years of relevant professional experience - in the vacancy notice they look for someone with 2 to 4 years; I speak 3 foreign languages - english, spanish and french). After reading all the information I could find on the Unesco website and on the Internet, I saw that the country I come from and live in is an over-represented one. Frankly, I dont understand why! How do they make this classifications?!? Romania is an undeveloped country and, in my opinion, is far from being over-represented. Also, how much time passes untill receiveing some response? On the no-reply e-mail I automatically received after applying for this position, they said they will inform me in due course of the outcome of my application.

John Daly said...

As I understand it, UN agencies have indicative ranges as to the number of staff members from each of the member states. The fraction of staff from a member state is related to the fraction of the global population that lives in that country, but there is a range. UNESCO gives hiring preference to citizens of countries which are "under represented", that is countries whose citizens on staff are fewer than the lower bound of the desired range.

The intent is to keep the organizations truly international. Remember that at one time UN specialized agencies were largely staffed by citizens of metropolitan countries.

I would not be surprised if there are a lot of Romanians who in the last 20 years found UNESCO very attractive as an employer, and who were very competitive with good language abilities and strong educational backgrounds.