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UNESCO Jobs: Associate Communication Officer 2021

Job Title: Associate Communication Officer

Organization: UNESCO

Post Number : 1CAUIS0612ST

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Duty Station: Canada

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Temporary Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-MAY-2021 

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

(This position may be home based/remote with a possibility to travel to Canada or it may be based in Montreal depending on the current circumstances related to Covid-19) 


Under the supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Associate Communication Officer will lead on the dissemination of key products and institutional messages to increase the visibility of the UIS data and activities to policymakers, partners and the media. The post is part of and contributes to the UIS’s overall strategic communication framework. The Associate Communication Officer will be responsible for:

  • The strategic vision and capacity development for communication and advocacy on data products.
  • The production of a range of materials and tools on UIS data and activities.
  • The development, coordination and backstopping of programmes on data activities.
  • Acting as a focal point of the unit for communications, including responding to internal and external information requests.
  • Conceptualize, and provide strategic vision and capacity development for communication and advocacy on data products and activities, and monitor and evaluate impact of strategies and activities.
  • Produce a range of coherent materials and tools on data products (press releases, website texts, brochures, proposals, talking points, audiovisual and social media copy) for national, regional and global audiences.
  • Act as the main focal point of the Unit for communications, building partnerships and networks, liaising with UNESCO Field Offices and other Sectors, responding to external and internal information requests on UIS’ work on data, participating in relevant meetings, and preparing reports on communication activities for reporting and information purposes.
  • Contribute to the development, coordination and backstopping of programmes to deliver on UIS’ data strategy and facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)

Accountability (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.



  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in journalism, communication, international relations, political science, development studies or related fields. 

Work experience

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in communication or management of communication projects.
  • Experience in publication production and translation management.
  • Experience in writing and/or editing, managing web content, and the production of digital projects.


  • Superb writing and editing skills, including a strong understanding of online storytelling and news, as well as a solid fact-checking and copy-editing background.
  • Ability to transform dense technical and programmatic information into engaging content that is accessible to the general public and a wide array of partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical, drafting and editing skills.
  • Ability to adapt communication style to suit different audiences.
  • Good organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to articulate statistical issues in a journalistic language.
  • Proven experience in website management and communication on social media.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work in a multicultural environment and foster team cooperation.


  •  Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English. 



  •  Knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, 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.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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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