UNESCO Associate Experts Scheme


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • France


In 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. Today, UNESCO's message has never been more important. We must create holistic policies that are capable of addressing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. This new thinking on sustainable development reaffirms the founding principles of the Organization and enhances its role


The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) provides the opportunity to young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member States click here  to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career.

The JPO/AE Programme provides the opportunity for young university graduates and young qualified professionals to acquire training and work experience in technical cooperation and in management and administration of multilateral programmes and projects either within UNESCO’s Field Offices or at Headquarters. JPO/AEs are recruited under bilateral agreements between UNESCO and the donor countries*, generally for a duration of 2 to 3 years.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

 Do you have the right profile?

  • Age: Candidates are normally under the age of thirty-two when applying for an JPO/AE position.
  • Education: a university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field of direct relevance to the management and administration of an international organization.
  • Languages: fluent English or French and a good knowledge of the other working language. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.
  • Previous experience: an initial professional experience is an asset, but is not mandatory.
  • Nationality: candidates for the JPO/AE Programme are normally nationals of the Donor country* funding their assignment to UNESCO. Applicants from developing countries may also be considered by certain Donor Governments.
  • Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO mission.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:


UNESCO offers a competitive package of salaries and benefits which are set by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and are similar across United Nations Agencies.

Salaries are made of two elements :

  • Base salary
  • Post adjustment (a % of the base salary different for each location, to ensure that staff salaries have the same purchasing power at all duty stations worldwide)

Salary scales and Post adjustment indices can be found on the UN salaries and allowances site


International Professional staff may also be entitled to other allowances and benefits, such as: 

  • Family/Education benefits - UNESCO provides allowances to help staff with their family obligations and the education of their children.
  • Relocation - UNESCO offers a package of benefits to support  installation costs in the new location.
  • Mobility entitlements  - when a UNESCO staff moves to another duty station, he/she will receive incentives to facilitate and compensate for the move.
  • Holidays and leave - UNESCO staff are entitled to 30 days of leave per year in addition to the official holidays in the duty station.
  • Pension and Insurance - the Organization provides staff with medical coverage and contributes to the Pension Fund established by the United Nations
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