UNESCO Job Vacancy National Professional Officer


Hiring company : UNESCO

Based company : New York USA

Position : National Professional Officer 

Posted : 10 May 2022

Deadline : on Going

Salary : Depending on quality 

Employment Type : Fulltime 

Address of company : Around the world



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Science Sector (ADG/SHS), the direct supervision and guidance of the Director of UNESCO Office in Almaty and in close cooperation with relevant staff in the SHS Sector at Headquarters (HQ), the incumbent serves as National Professional Officer for Social and Human Sciences in the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty. 

The incumbent will work within the framework of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (C/4), the Quadrennial programme and Biennial budget (C/5) and global developments priorities, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The incumbent will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of UNESCO’s Regular Programme activities as well as extra-budgetary projects in the field of Social and Hulan Sciences for the UNESCO Almaty Cluster countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan); as well as for relevant UNESCO’s contribution to the Common Country Analyses and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks, programme coordination and implementation. S/he will contribute and support the effective implementation of the UNESCO SHS Sector Strategy and will also play a significant role in policy and strategy direction of the office, in resource optimization and mobilization. Within this context, the incumbent’s main tasks will be to:

Long Description

  • Assists the Director of Office in Almaty in the coordinaiton of programme preparation and implementation of Social and Human Sciences Sector programmes and projects following the guidance, recommendation and instructions of the Director of Office and the relevant Divisions/Sections of SHS Sector in Headquarters to ensure coherence and the signifcant impact of the Office’s activities.
  • Provides input - including data disaggregated to the extent possible by gender - and statistics in the preparation of reports on the implementation of programmes and projects of SHS Sector.
  • Assists in planning, developing and implementing outreach strategies aimed at programme expansion applying human rights based approach and gender equality guiding principles and standards; supports the organization of consultations with national authorities. Assists and liaises with the stakeholders of UNESCO Office in Almaty for the implementation of the SHS programmes and projects. Maintains these contacts with assurance of creditability.

Long Description

  • Assists in planning and implementing programme activities included in C/5s by preparing new project options and proposals to be funded by contributions received through extrabudgetary funding in order to reinforce programmes. Assists in developing approaches to raise extrabudgetary funds, and assists in planning and implementing projects financed by these funds.
  • Assists in representation of the Office in the relevant United Nations (UN) Thematic Groups and UN Results Group to reflect UNESCO’s contributions in line with country priorities.
  • Maintains a knowledge base and institutional memory of the programme; contributes to policy through identifying and analyzing available research; provides information and data for the preparation of  background documents and reports; and facilitates exchange of  best practices.  Provides regular news and information of SHS programmes in Almaty for both conventional and on-line publication through UNESCO's websites.

Long Description

  • Promotes the SHS Flagships on the Ethics of Science and the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; the Global Forum and Roadmap on Antiracism; the work on Youth, Sports and Management of Social Transformation (MOST) among others.
  • Creates synergies and partnerships with local actions to advance SHS work.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Making quality decisions (M)
Planning and organizing (C)
Professionalism (C)
Results focus (C)
Strategic thinking (M)
Teamwork (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of social and human sciences, political science, international relations, or a related discipline.


Work Experience

  • Up to 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of social and human sciences, political science, international relations at the national or sub-regional level.
  • Experience in the implementation of national or sub-regional projects in the area of social and human sciences.
  • Experience handling of web-based management systems.



  • Ability to work in a team in a multicultural environment with respect and sensitivity for diversity;
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, orally and in writing;
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills, flexibility, drive and enthusiasm;
  • Establish plans and priorities and implement them effectively;
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration and networking;
  • Good project management skills.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and/or Russian and very good knowledge of the other.



Work Experience

  • Experience in the United Nations or other international organization.
  • Experience in on of the fields of Social and Human Sciences.



  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN System.
  • Knowledge of programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, in particular in the UN.



  • Good knowledge of Kazakh.



UNESCO’s salaries are paid in local currency (Kazakh tenge).

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 full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.

Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.



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.