Assistant Director-Generals -- UNESCO, France


Domain : Management/Audit/Oversight - Strategic planning and management
Post Number : BSP 001
Grade : ADG


Primary Location : FR-Paris

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Type of contract : Fixed Term
Salary : 223 788 USD  
Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : October 4, 2014


UNESCO has a special role to play in strengthening the foundations of lasting peace and equitable and sustainable development. Advancing cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information is of strategic relevance at a time when societies across the world face rising pressures of change and complex, interdisciplinary challenges.

Under the authority of the Director-General, the Assistant Director-General is responsible for the leadership and management of the Bureau of Strategic Planning and for providing strategic vision and coordination of programme and budgetary planning and monitoring, in liaison with Programme Assistant Director-Generals, for both Headquarters Sectors and Field Offices, in line with the Organization’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021, the prevailing Programme and Budget and the emerging post-2015 development agenda.
The mission of the Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) is to coordinate the Secretariat’s strategic, programmatic and budgeting issues, and cooperation with extrabudgetary funding sources and to develop, promote and coordinate public-private partnerships. The Bureau serves as the entry point for programme reporting and monitoring, and provides programme management support and backstopping to Field Offices for joint programming exercises.
The Bureau will focus on:
  • preparation of the biennial Budget and quadrennial Programme of the Organization, ensuring compliance with guidance provided by the Governing Bodies, and coordination of the development of strategic approaches for a variety of programme issues;
  • results-based management (RBM) and results-based budgeting (RBB), risk management approaches and preparing statutory reports on the implementation of the Approved Programme and Budget (C/5) and extrabudgetary projects;
  • mobilization of extrabudgetary resources from traditional and new donors, with emphasis on thematic programmatic support in line with approved programme priorities and expansion and diversification of the donor base;
  • oversight and backstopping of the programmatic activities of Field Offices, including for UNDAFs and joint United Nations system activities at national and regional levels;
  • supervision of the Directors/Heads of Field Offices and coordination and management of their performance, based on programme delivery performance and other areas of their responsibility, in close coordination with Programme Assistant Director-Generals;
  • providing leadership and coordination of UNESCO’s participation in and contribution to the UN system inter-agency activities at global, regional and national levels, including in particular contributions to the Chief Executives’ Board (CEB) and its subsidiary bodies HLCP, HLCM and UNDG and their related ad hoc groups;
  • overseeing the implementation of the integrated comprehensive strategy for Category 2 institutes and centres.
The incumbent will interact and cooperate closely and at the highest level with government leaders and representatives, ministers and senior-level ministerial representatives, Permanent Delegations to and National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO intergovernmental programmes, institutes and centres under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2), and other multilateral and bilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, etc., with a view to furthering UNESCO’s mandate and objectives as well as the priorities adopted by the governing bodies. The incumbent will also represent the Director-General in commissions of the governing bodies of UNESCO as well as at intergovernmental, international and regional conferences.

For further information on the specific above-mentioned programmes, candidates may consult our website:, and/or the following documents: 37 C/4 (UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy, 2014–2021) and 37 C/5 (UNESCO’s Programme and Budget for 2014–2017).


  • Advanced university degree or equivalent professional experience in Public Administration, International Affairs or any of UNESCO’s fields of competence.
Work Experience
  • Extensive and relevant professional experience in senior leadership/executive positions, in management, coordination, evaluation, budget and/or planning including substantial assignments of a regional and/or international nature.
  • Several years of exposure to the requirements of international cooperation.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity, strong analytical capabilities, professional integrity, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to exercise intellectual authority and leadership, as well as strong strategic and analytical  drafting skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing the preparation of the programme and budget of a large international organization, including budgeting techniques and results-based budgeting approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience in reform initiatives and change management leadership.
  • Sound knowledge of general management practices, including governance and accountability, use of information and communications technology, and techniques of quality assurance and risk management.
  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s programmes, demonstrated experience with United Nations system activities, and familiarity with recent debates on Medium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 development agenda as well as United Nations reform developments.
  • Experience in complex negotiations, diplomacy and tact, in representing organisations at international level and in interaction with governing bodies.
  • Experience in guiding and motivating teams in a multicultural environment and in observance of diversity, as well as in performing supervisory and monitoring duties and ensuring training and staff development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to manage relationships at all levels of the Organization.
  • Demonstrated ability in the field of resource building and mobilization.
  • Excellent communication skills with strong representational abilities.
  • Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in one of the working languages of the Organization (English or French). A good knowledge of the second language. Training will be mandatory in order to acquire the required level of the second working language in a reasonable time-frame.
  • A Ph.D. degree in Public Administration, International Affairs or a discipline related to UNESCO’s mandate would be an asset.
  • Other degrees or short- to medium-term training in disciplines relevant to the post would be an advantage.
Work Experience
  • A proven record of operating at senior level in international organisations of at least 10 to 15 years.
  • Demonstrated experience of management at the international level.
  • Professional experience gained in multicultural working environments would be an asset.
  • Proven ability to function effectively at the highest governmental levels, and to build collaborative partnerships and networks.Skills in administration and the management of financial and human resources.
  • Knowledge of other official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).



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