Post Number : 6SNED 0600OS

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Dakar

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Temporary Appointment

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 13 JUL 2020

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

The duration of this contract is 11 months. 


This position falls under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Education, guidance from the Director of the Regional Office for West Africa (Sahel), and direct supervision of the Senior Project Officer (Education for Health and Well-being). The Regional Communications Officer is responsible for managing the Education for Health and Well-being (EHW) communications portfolio in West and Central Africa (WCA), specifically, the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) Programme. S/he will be responsible for developing communication and advocacy strategies, and monitoring the impact of communication efforts to enhance the visibility of UNESCO’s activities in EHW. More particularly the incumbent will:

Long Description
  • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of the O3 regional communications strategy and plan.
  • Development and execution of advocacy campaigns, particularly to secure the endorsement of a ministerial commitment on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual & reproductive health services to young people in WCA (the WCA Commitment).
  • Ensure that the O3 Communication is integrated into the overall Communication Strategy of the Regional Office.
  • Write communications products such as briefs, articles, press releases, presentations, position papers, routine donor reports, etc. to support the objectives of the O3 programme. 
  • Contract and manage translation services and validation of content in publications. 
  • Work with various stakehokders including the communication sector in UNESCO, the UN system and partner organisations (Technical Working Groups) to strengthen coverage and visibility.
  • Enlist prominent individuals or opinion leaders to serve as ambassadors/champions to enhance visibility of issues affecting the health and education of youth in WCA.
  • Contracting and managing editors and graphic designers as needed for donor reports, lessons learnt and other publications.
  • Manage production and design of branded advocacy campaign materials, including copywriting.
  • Work with web designer to create a digital platform for the WCA Commitment and upload relevant content.
  • Work closely with developers to support ongoing content development/management and user-testing and monitoring of  the Hello Ado application. 
  • Support monitoring of youth engagement on Hello Ado mobile application.
  • Develop templates to support documentation of best practices and “lessons learnt”.
  • Document and disseminate best practices in engaging governments and other stakeholders in the region.
  • Coordinate dissemination of reports and other publications produced or commissioned by UNESCO.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or relevant Political or Social Sciences.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of communication, of which preferably two years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience  in working with civil society, multi-lateral agencies, and international non-government organisations.


  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Knowledge of education, sexual and reproductive health, or gender-based violence.
  • Understanding of traditional and new media.
  • Computer literacy (MS Office).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy.
  • Credibility and confidence, with high level representational and partnership building skills, involving a wide range of partners (including relevant Ministries, UNAIDS Cosponsors, donors and civil society).


  • Excellent knowledge of French (oral and written).


  • Academic or professional qualifications  in communication and education, including the thematic in areas of sexuality education, gender, health and education.


  • Experience in web management or publication design software.


  • Working knowledge of English.

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.