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Post Number : ED/PA 235

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

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


Duration of contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance


I.    Background

The Section for Teacher Development (TED) garners the synergy between UNESCO resources on teachers and those of the network of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 to support member states and other partners in the implementation of activities to achieve the target 4.c of SDG 4. It promotes clear understanding of the multiple and interconnected dimensions of teacher issues, as spelt out in the Incheon Declaration, among education stakeholders at global, regional and national levels through research and knowledge sharing. It provides policy advice and technical backstopping, as well as strengthen national capacities for the elaboration, the implementation and the monitoring of gender-sensitive, evidence-based, comprehensive teacher policies.

The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, also known as the Teacher Task Force, is a unique partnership created in 2008 to advocate for teachers and the teaching profession around the world. It is dedicated to raising awareness, expanding knowledge and supporting countries towards achieving target 4.c of SDG 4. The Teacher Task Force is hosted by UNESCO at its Headquarters in Paris.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED) and the Director of the Division of Policies and Lifelong Learning and direct supervision of Chief of Section of Teacher Development/Head of the Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, and in close collaboration with the Education Sector Communications and Knowledge Management Team, the Project Officer (Communication and advocacy) will perform the following functions:

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II. Duties and requirements:



•    Coordinate the Teacher Task Force Knowledge Platform content management for it to be regularly updated, translated, populated and its visibility ensured.
•    Manage the social media channels including the coordination of content creation, strategizing, monitoring and reporting.
•    Coordinate the content creation and dissemination of public information materials (press releases, feature articles, forewords, blurbs) on teachers, teaching and learning as they relate to Education 2030 Agenda and teacher-related targets in Sustainable Development Goals.
•    Work closely with the UNESCO Communications and Knowledge Management Team (ED/COM) and the Division for Communications and Public Engagement (CPE) for synergy of advocacy efforts
•    Commission and manage content for multi-media materials such as videos and infographics, prepare briefings for external consultants such as video-makers and photographers.


Advocacy and visibility

•    Lead in the conceptualization, planning and implementation of communication and advocacy strategies of the Teacher Task Force and its advocacy initiatives.
•    Participate in monitoring and evaluating the impact of strategies and activities and initiatives in support of governance and fundraising.
•    Support planning for section presence at key events including conferences and other global opportunities for exposure through communications plans and products, and input to strategic discussions on plans for mobilization at conference and global events.
•    Ensure the visibility of Teacher Task Force events and initiatives with tailored communication assets and targeted dissemination of the key messages.
•    Mobilize Teacher Task Force members and UNESCO partners for advocacy, knowledge sharing and visibility, to set the agenda on teachers.
•    Monitor media and social media coverage, and report periodically on resulting overall visibility of the Teacher Task Force.
•    Coordinate the development of tools for advocacy.

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Knowledge management

•    Participate in the creation of the publications plan submissions and liaison with ED/COM and CPE.
•    Provide oversight for managing the design, production, and legal agreements, ensuring copyrights, translation and publication of all publications and communications materials, with input from other colleagues in the Section.
•    Participate in strategizing the knowledge products content, structure and releases.
•    Oversee the management and production of knowledge products in multiple language versions.
•    Oversee the effective management of hardcopy publications and dissemination, and monitoring of use of publications.
•    Plan for and supervise staff and external service providers working on communication, advocacy and production.

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COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

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

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



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

Work Experience

•    Minimum 4 years of progressively relevant experiences in communications and advocacy, of which preferably 2 years acquired at the international level.
•    Proven experience in complex publication production in English and/or French.


•    Familiarity with UNESCO’s mandate, priorities, structure, and Education programmes, teacher-related in particular.
•    Ability to write concise and clear texts in journalistic style, both in English and French.
•    Ability to adapt communication style to suit different audiences.
•    Knowledge of publication and communication planning and strategizing.
•    Experience in enhancing and leveraging member/network engagement.
•    Task- and results-oriented with ability to prioritize and organize work.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with a variety of actors and work effectively and respectfully in a multicultural environment.
•    Excellent computer skills (MS Office).

•    Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English or French and good working knowledge of the other language.


Work Experience
•    Direct work experience in/with UNESCO on teacher issues
•    Knowledge about, and/or direct contact with, other international/regional mechanisms and networks working on teacher issues.
•    Proven experience in website management (including Drupal 9).

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•    Ability to read and edit documents in other UNESCO languages.

•    Knowledge of the other UNESCO official languages – Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.


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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 90, 259 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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.