Avis de recrutement : UNESCO recrute un(e) Spécialiste de programme, France.







The focus of the Social  and  Human  Science  Sector  (SHS)  at  UNESCO  is to foster inclusive societies, by prioritizing policies that benefit those at the bottom of the income distribution, and those that have been most affected by crisis.
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences Sector (ADG/SHS), guidance from the Director for Social Policies and direct supervision of the Chief of Section, the incumbent is responsible for UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme, focused on major trends affecting societies (inequalities, environmental, digital) and promoting inclusive societies.
In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Contribute and support the MOST program implementation to Member State policies through promoting knowledge creation, brokering, capacity-building, and dissemination within the MOST Comprehensive Strategy 2022-2029, linking with leading institutions and experts within the pillars and thematic priorities of the MOST programme;
  • Lead the MOST Section’s work related to the 2017 UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers (RSSR) and contribute to the science-policy nexus; develop, implement and advance the thought leadership MOST network aimed at making of UNESCO the place for policy advice in relation to inequalities social inclusion equity and just transition; ensure the fulfilment of the mandate given to the secretariat by Member States in relation to monitoring, analysing, providing technical assistance, promoting outreach and communication, conducting consultations with Member States and other stakeholders, and preparing the consolidated reports that must be presented at the Executive Board and the General Conference.
  • Under the guidance of Executive Secretary of MOST, coordinate secretariat services for the sessions of the Intergovernmental Council and meetings of its Bureau and the SAC based on the Statutes and Rules of Procedure of MOST, and document and maintain the digital and shared institutional memory of the MOST programme.
  • Follow up on the digital anthropology work; develop the core narrative of the contributions that digital anthropology can make to ensure a human rights-based approach in the digital transformation, enhancing the positive impact on our societies and on the environment; design and contribute to the communication and outreach strategy that would touch global, regional, and national levels. This includes the preparation, of communication plans and the associated materials.
  • Prepare proposals for the mobilization of funds to support projects and supervise the design, implementation and assessment of related projects linked to the MOST agenda.
  • Lead and coordinate programme planning, budgeting, commissioning and contracting, activity implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting for activities under the MOST strategy. Mobilize resources for programmes and projects and coordinate funding initiatives.  Prepare briefings, statements, reports for formal reporting as required. Perform any other relevant duties that may be required by the senior management of the sector.
  • Advance the implementation of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4s), the approved Programme and Budget (C/5), the MOST Comprehensive Strategy 2022-2029, and global development plans such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Social and Human Sciences.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive professional experience relevant to research in social sciences, social policy and social transformation of which preferably 3 years acquired at  international level.
  • Experience in designing, implementing and coordinating strategies and activities related to capacity-building in the area of Social and Human Sciences.
  • Proven track record in fund-raising and other resource mobilization mechanisms.

Skills and competencies 

  • Expertise in social policy and particularly major trends affecting societies (inequalities, environmental, digital) and/or promoting inclusive societies.
  • Recognized scientific research, publication, writing and critical thinking competencies.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, and project management, along with resource mobilization.
  • Proven ability in programme management, including the monitoring and reporting of programme activities and related financial and substantive aspects.
  • Leadership and expertise, including the ability to manage and motivate staff and teams and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national and international authorities, academic and non-government institutions, intergovernmental organizations, including through networking.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare and present findings and recommendations on issues clearly and concisely.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.

Application deadline : February 27th, 2023

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