UNESCO jobs: a dream job or not?

UNESCO jobs: a dream job or not?

May 26, 2020 0 By Abbie Jackson

How to get UNESCO jobs? It is difficult but possible. The main strategy is to clearly state your goals and correctly write a resume. There are many departments in the organization that deal with various issues: combating discrimination against education, helping refugees, protecting women’s rights, protecting the environment, etc.


UNESCO is distinguished by very strict requirements for candidates: at least a master’s degree, English at C1 level, and experience in international organizations is desirable. All this may seem long, complicated, but there is a solution. Namely: apply to UNESCO as an intern. They will not pay, but 2-6 months of practice in an international organization will be provided as a tick in the resume. And you can build up a lot of useful connections and there is a chance to stay in this system forever. Another question, what to live in such an expensive city like Paris? Will there be time for any part-time job, or will such a gigantic organization as UNESCO eat all your free time?

The worst part of UNESCO jobs is the lack of free time for family and children. The higher the position you occupy, the greater the amount of work, and the associated responsibility. But on the other hand, there are higher wages for which the whole family can be supported, while work time can be from 10 working days per month. It is a combination of intensive wear and tear and relaxation time, and for a lot of money. A dream job for a woman? Maybe.


Opportunities for youth

In general, young UNESCO specialists are needed. Specifically, in France there are several internship programs at international organizations, a list of which can be found on the France Diplomatie website. JEA (jeune expert associƩ) is a program for young professionals in the field of the world economy, law, and world relations who will contribute to solving human resources issues, migration, preventing terrorism, preserving the environment, etc. The contract with a young specialist is signed for 1 year with a possible extension.

An option for extreme people is the UN Volunteer Program. You can become a volunteer both in your own country and abroad. This program is aimed at the sustainable development of cities in the world, especially small communities, and also the poorest areas of megacities. The program is addressed to both young people (from 18 to 25 years old) with at least 2 years of experience, and specialists.

And finally, for those who are eager to work in the field of world relations, there is a Young Professionals Program. Requirements are standard for UNESCO: higher education, age not older than 32 years, fluency in English or French. After studying the dossier, the candidate is invited to the exam (written and oral, depending on the chosen field). Subject to his successful submission, the candidate becomes a Junior Professional Officer on a two-year contract.

Of course, everyone chooses his path. Opinion polls show the growing interest of youth in working in hot spots and volunteering. A career in an international organization is considered glorious and prestigious in society, but this path requires great endurance and dedication.