The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information with its 193 Member States and seven Associate Members.

UNESCO Headquarter is located in Paris, France. The organization has some 53 Field Offices worldwide and also includes 11 specialized Centres and Institutes disseminated around the world.

How to apply to UNESCO?
Posts in the Organization are mainly filled by individuals in occupations linked to the Organization’s main activities – culture, education, science and communication. There are also opportunities for employment in other occupational fields such as administration, finance, human resources and information technology.

All vacant posts are advertised on the UNESCO web site ( Candidates are invited to regularly check the vacancies on the UNESCO Homepage and to apply on-line to posts corresponding to their profiles and qualifications (candidates should avoid sending general applications).

Other Hiring Programmes
Apart from the regular competititive recruitment channels (advertised posts on internet site), UNESCO offers other employment opportunities / programmes:

  • The Young Professional Programme: is designed to improve the geographical diversity and to rejuvenate the staff of UNESCO. It is opened to nationals of non- and under-represented Member States under 30 years with the following profiles: university degree relevant to UNESCO’s activities, good analytical and writing skills, good multicultural skills, excellent learning and growth potential, and excellent knowledge of either French or English. More details on professionals
  • The Associate Expert Programme: Associate Experts are provided by donor governments in response to specific requests from UNESCO. They are employed to work in a national or regional development project in a field office or at HQ. Associate Experts are offered one-year contract which can be normally renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance. More details on experts
  • Temporary Assistance and Roster of Consultants: UNESCO may contract individual external expertise to provide specialized technical advice or services. These experts are normally contracted to provide short-term assistance in areas where such expertise is not available in the Organization or to supplement its existing expertise.
    Interested individuals may register on-line their CV on the following internet address:

Internship Programmes
Regular Internship Programme: offers to selected graduate and postgraduate students in a field related to the work of UNESCO the opportunity to enhance their academic knowledge through practical work assignments. The standard duration shall be four months, with a minimum duration required of one month, on a full-time basis. The total duration may be extended up to a maximum of six months during the biennium

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Special Internship Programme: UNESCO, in partnership with various academic and/or governmental institutions, offers to young people with a high-level educational background the opportunity to have exposure to international organizations environment and to enhance their career potential in the international civil service.