Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the guidance of the Director of the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development and Secretary to the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and the direct supervision of the Deputy Secretary to IPDC, the incumbent is responsible for providing support to the IPDC Secretariat in the implementation of the International Programme for the Development of Communication and the resolutions adopted by its Council. He/she will coordinate some of its initiatives and projects, liaise with field offices and stakeholders, gather and synthesize information, review and edit documents and draft inputs for reports on the Programme activities.  More specificially the incumbent will\:

  • Act as focal point for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) -endorsed Media Development Indicators (MDIs) Special Initiative \:  coordinate the studies carried out in the different countries in which the indicators are being applied; assist in the evaluation of the technical and financial proposals received; ensure effective  implementation of the contracts established with the partner institution selected in each country; provide technical support to field offices and partner institutions; edit and assist in the review of the draft studies and coordinate feedback and recommendations to them.
  • Act as focal point for IPDC's Reporting and Monitoring System on the Safety of Journalists and the issue of Impunity\: prepare the draft biennial Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity for IPDC Council, including soliciting information from Member States; collect responses and coordinate IPDC projects and special allocations on the safety of journalists; provide capacity-building services to UNESCO Member States and monitor SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) progress in the field of safety of journalists while raising international awareness.
  • Contribute to the organization of the sessions of the Intergovernmental Council and Bureau of the IPDC  and other IPDC meetings \: assist in the drafting of meeting documents and speeches for the IPDC Chairperson and Council.
  • Provide visual and written materials to disseminate information about the results achieved by the Programme and, in collaboration with the Programme's Assistant, ensure that the IPDC website is up-to-date.


  • Advanced university degree (equivalent to Master's) in the field of communication, journalism, political science, law, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 
Work Experience
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience in the field of communication and/or information, of which one year acquired in an international environment.
  • Experience in implementing and managing programme/projects in the field of media development, freedom of expression or human rights issues, at national or international level. 
  • Knowledge in the field of media development and freedom of expression issues, including international standards, with the ability to relate it to specific empirical situations.
  • Knowledge of journalistic safety issues and the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) structures, functions and project criteria.
  • Good coordination skills, with the capacity to ensure timely and effective project implementation carried out simultaneously in several countries.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with a wide range of internal and external parnters, including in the media development field; ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain good working relations in a multicultural environment.
  • Good analytical skills, with capacity to undertake research, collect and synthesize information, produce and disseminate content on IPDC.
  • Excellent (oral and written) communication skills, with proven ability to draft clearly and concisely and /or edit a variety of reports, speeches and documents for international audiences on the activities of the IPDC and Media Development Indicator assessments.
  • Good journalist skills with ability to communicate effectively and persuasively using tact and diplomacy.
  • Capacity to take initiative and to work independently; strong sense of ethics and discretion.
  • Excellent IT skills, including operating of various software for design and publishing of journalistic work, with  capacity to maintain the IPDC website.  
  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English or French and a working knowledge of the other language (English or French).

Work Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in development cooperation programmes.
  • Experience in the area of fund-raising and resource mobilization with proven experience in developing proposals and agreements to external funding.
  • Knowledge of UNESCO's rules and procedures including reporting practices; preparation and establishment of contracts, UNESCO's publication policy and procedures for organizing meetings.
  • Knowlede of UNESCO work practices, including planning, reporting, budgeting, and administration of extra-budgetary projects.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system.
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-10

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