Associate Project Officer (Events and Partnerships Management)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Grade: P-1 / P-2, Entry Professional
Job Expired 17 Mar 2021
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Job Description

Post Number : 1CAUIS0061PA

Grade : P-1 / P-2

Parent Sector : UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Duty Station: Canada

Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-MAR-2021

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.


The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) plays a critical role in the Education 2030 Agenda by producing cross-nationally-comparable education indicators and working with partners to develop new indicators, methodologies, statistical approaches and monitoring tools to better assess progress towards the international education targets. It is the designated lead agency for producing the indicators needed to track global progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), while sharing responsibility for some targets with other agencies.

The UIS is seeking to recruit a Project Manager (Events) to be based in Montreal. The incumbent would lead the work to manage UIS hosted or supported events ensuring administrative, logistic and communication arrangements. Events will include global and regional meetings such as the Technical Coordination Group, events related to survey launches and data releases, and UIS reports released.


Main responsibilities and tasks

Under the overall authority of the UIS Director and direct supervision of the Communications Officer, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the drafting of events and partnerships strategy for UIS hosted Technical Groups, Regional meetings, Survey launches, data releases, UIS Data Digest and their associated products.
  • Develop and implement a timetable and workplan for the organization of UIS hosted and supported events, ensuring the administrative and logistic arrangements including those relating to visibility, branding, attendance, production of event materials, translation and interpretation, coordination with stakeholders, speakers, participants.
  • Work in coordination with partner events coordinator of key stakeholders to ensure successful and strategic launches of events including in key countries relevant to the content of the UIS events.
  • Contribute to the drafting of talking points and concept notes and prepare PowerPoint presentations and background briefs for UIS events.
  • Keep abreast of high-profile events relevant to the current and future themes of UIS.
  • Support the overall media outreach of UIS materials related to the event, identifying media spokespeople and drafting relevant Q&A and other press materials as required.
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in communication, social sciences, international development or related fields.


Work experience

  • Minimum of 2 years progressively responsible and relevant work experience in event project management, at a global, high profile scale.
  • Experience in writing speeches, key messages and issue briefs on development issues.
  • Strong experience in event management, including budget management.


  • Demonstrated ability to build and work with a diverse set of partners for advocacy and outreach purposes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven ability to produce clear, concise and high-quality reports on technical and strategic issues.
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to interact with a wide range of stakeholders and to work effectively and respectfully in a multicultural environment.
  • Strong sense of ethics, integrity, diplomacy, tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure, to manage workload and to meet tight deadlines, with the ability to apply flexibility in adjusting work schedules and priorities.
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office).


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.

Work Experience

  • Campaigns experience, including building networks and movements for change.
  • Experience on similar education/statistics project.
  • Experience of events management and product launches in a development context.
  • Working experience with an International Organization or UN system.


  • Knowledge of education and statistics.


  • Good knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian) especially French or 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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