United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO

Job Overview

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  • Post Number: PAX 900
  • Grade: G-7
  • Parent Sector: Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)
  • Duty Station: Paris
  • Job Family: General Administrative Support
  • Type of contract: fixed-term
  • Duration of contract: 2 years, renewable
  • Recruitment is open to: Internal and external candidates
  • Application Deadline: April 22, 2024 (Midnight Paris Time)
  • UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

Overview of the Functions of the Post:

The Executive Assistant will provide substantive and administrative support services to the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) regarding the Félix Houphouët Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize. This role involves organizing the ADG/PAX’s work concerning the prize, facilitating communication between the ADG/PAX and various partners, responding to requests, organizing administrative work related to the prize, and more.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize and manage the ADG/PAX’s work regarding the Félix Houphouët Boigny-UNESCO Peace Prize.
  • Provide substantive and administrative support and facilitate communication and information flow between the ADG/PAX and prize partners.
  • Respond to requests, serve as a liaison with senior officials, and effectively prioritize and resolve related demands.
  • Organize administrative work for the prize, including establishing procedures, tracking systems, organizing meetings, preparing documentation, and following up on actions.
  • Research, compile, and summarize background materials for reports, briefings, speeches, and draft responses to correspondence.


  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
  • Planning and organizing
  • Results focus
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism

Required Qualifications:

  • Education: Completed secondary, technical, and/or vocational education.
  • Work Experience: At least ten (10) years of relevant professional experience in administrative or secretarial tasks in an international environment.
  • Skills & competencies: excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and coordination skills; ability to work within tight deadlines; capacity to deal efficiently and tactfully with stakeholders in a multicultural environment; excellent IT skills.
  • Languages: excellent knowledge of either English or French and very good knowledge of the other language.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Education: specialized training/certification in administration or office management.
  • Work experience: experience in similar functions within the UN system or an international organization.
  • Skills & Competencies: familiarity with international organizations and/or the UN system; excellent proofreading skills.
  • Languages: knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, or Spanish).

Benefits and entitlements:

  • UNESCO’s salaries include a basic salary and other benefits such as annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, and a pension plan.
  • The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 53,842 euros.

Selection and recruitment process:

  • Candidates must complete an online application with accurate information.
  • Evaluation may include tests, assessments, and competency-based interviews.
  • Only selected candidates will be further contacted, and reference checks will be conducted.

Please note that only applications in English will be considered.


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