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UNESCO Jobs: Editorial Coordinator 2021

Job Title: Editorial Coordinator

Organization: UNESCO

Post Number : DPI 097

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Division of Public Information (DPI)

Duty Station: Paris, France

Job Family: Public Information

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-JUN-2021 

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


Under the authority of the Director of the Cabinet (CAB) and the guidance and overall supervision of the Director of the Division of Public Information (DPI), the incumbent of the post is responsible for the supervision and overall quality control of UNESCO’s strategic and Corporate Content, including the planning, coordination and supervision of the editorial production of the UNESCO Courier. The incumbent recommends ways to further improve the Courier to showcase UNESCO’s work to as wide a public as possible. Responsibilities include the supervision of the Courier editorial team and the supervision of its administrative and budgetary processes. 

In particular, the incumbent shall:

  • ln accordance with the Organization’s communication plan and worldwide emerging issues, select topics for publication in the UNESCO Courier. For each issue, elaborate a detailed table of content with themes, subjects, articles and related angles as well as authors’ name taking into account geographical and gender balances and the different areas of UNESCO’s mandate. 
  • Ensure quality and coherence of the content development of the UNESCO Courier. Manage and coordinate all the editorial processes from conception of each edition to publication. Participate in the overall coordination of the preparation of the UNESCO Courier and the distribution of its content through the different channels. Ensure the timely publication in the different language versions. 
  • Write and review articles, titles, captions, blurbs, etc. Select photos and infographies for the UNESCO Courier. Contribute and ensure quality control of UNESCO Corporate content produced by the DPI team, including feature stories on UNESCO impact for publication on the web and other platforms. 
  • Manage relationships with the Courier Steering Committee, External donors and contribute to the financial sustainability of the UNESCO Courier.  
  • Supervise the work of the Courier editorial team, assigning tasks and timelines, and overseeing the performance of each member of team. 

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)

Building partnerships (M)

Driving and managing change (M)

Leading and empowering others (M)

Making quality decisions (M)

Managing performance (M)

Strategic thinking (M)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree(s) (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, journalism and/or related field of political science and international cooperation.  

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in communication or journalism, with at least five years at the international level.
  • Cross-media editorial experience.
  • Experience in leading and managing human and financial resources and motivating staff in a multicultural environment. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Strong conceptual, intellectual and analytical capacities, with a high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.
  • Strong management and organizational skills with ability to establish plans and priorities and effectively implement them.
  • Good interpersonal and representational analytical skills and demonstrated ability to communicate, advocate, and negotiate with staff and contractants/stakeholders/partners at all levels within and outside the Organization.
  • Ability to identify sensitive topics, key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks. 
  • Extensive experience in electronic media and proficiency in the use of content management systems.  


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of one of the official working languages of the Secretariat (English or French) and very good knowledge of the other official working language.


Work Experience

  • Professional experience in the United Nations System or in an international and multicultural environment.


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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