Project Officer
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Closed on 3 Aug 2020
Location: Dakar (Senegal)
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Job Description


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Dakar

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : SB-5 / 1

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-08-2020

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



Under the authority of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for West Africa-Sahel, and under the direct supervision of the Regional Adviser for Communication and Information, the incumbent of the post, hired within the framework of the project "Addressing the ‘Disinfodemic’ on Covid-19 in conflict-prone environments", will be responsible for:

Long Description
  • Planning, implementating and monitoring the project according to strategy and expected results;
  • Taking every action, including field-trip and desk review, for provision of effective administrative, financial, budgetary and logistics support to the project in compliance with the Organization rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Evaluating the context and factors likely to impact on the execution of the project and take appropriate corrective measures;
  • Coordinating the implementation partners, evaluating and validating their deliverables;
  • Elaborating reference document necessary for procurements, organizing activities (ToR, speeches, press releases, etc.) and reporting on project implementation;
  • Participating in meeting and working sessions of the project coordination team and preparing responses upon requests;
  • Contributing to initiatives for resource mobilization and project scaling up;
  • Carrying out any other duties as may be required.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (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.


  • Master degree in the field of communication, social sciences, media studies, or journalism.


  • Four years of professional experience in media sector, in which at least two managing projects:
    • Collaborating with NGOs, UN agencies and/or donors or international organizations;
    • Conducting public presentations, organizing meetings and elaborating administrative documentation for projects;
    • Elaborating and monitoring budgets, work-plans, and project report;
    • Elaborating solicitation documentation and conducting the selection process;
    • Undertaking desk research.
  • Good writing skills, documentary research, analysis and synthesis;


  • Very good knowledge of English and French;
  • Very good abaility to use office automation software.
  • Goog knowledge of Senegal and West Africa media landscape;
  • Experience working or implementing project targeting media professionals and media organizations is an advantage;
  • Experience working with UN Agencies and International Organization is an advantage;
  • Willingness to undertake field trips and interact with different stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of UNESCO actions, particularly in the field of communication and information.

The benefits include, inter alia, 2.5 days' annual leave per month of service, a contribution of 5% and 10% of the monthly salary paid in supplement by the Organization, respectively for health insurance and pension, upon presentation by the person concerned of proof of membership to a private pension and/or insurance scheme.


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.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.

As a specialized agency and knowledge-based organization, UNESCO depends on highly skilled, committed professionals. Given the ambitious and exciting challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our expertise and global presence in the fields of Education, the Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information, is more relevant than ever.  Geographically diverse and gender-balanced, UNESCO is committed to having a competent, motivated and dedicated workforce that acts with the highest integrity and is empowered to support UNESCO’s capacity to deliver on the sustainable development goals.