Associate Liaison Officer

  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 28

Position description

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) and the Director of the Division of External Relations (PAX/DRX), and the Chief of Relations with Member States (PAX/DRX/RMS), and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Arab States Unit (PAX/DRX/RMS/ARB), the Associate Liaison Officer will contribute to strengthening UNESCO’s cooperation with the Member States, as well as regional and sub-regional organizations. 

The incumbent will perform the following tasks:
Prepare background and briefing notes on UNESCO's cooperation with the Member States concerned for the Director-General's bilateral meetings and official visits in consultation with the concerned units of the Secretariat. Update country profiles data on UNESCO’s website. Prepare MOUs of cooperation as may be required. 
Draft official correspondence for the signature of the Director-General or the ADG/PAX. Analyse and review files and correspondence to assess sensitivity and refer potential issues to the supervisor. 
Assist in dealing with a wide range of issues referred by Member States, Permanent Delegations, Representatives to the Executive Board and officials of National Commissions by providing timely, accurate and specific information in response to queries, thus contributing to maintaining close working relationships with Member States’ representatives and other stakeholders. 
Provide timely notes in reaction to events and proposals of possible appropriate follow-up action on the part of the senior staff. This involves following closely relevant developments in the Member States concerned, assessing the actual and potential impact of regional, sub-regional and national issues within UNESCO's fields of competence, and timely submission of notes in response. 
Contribute to the Unit's daily work by representing the Unit at relevant conferences and meetings as and when designated by the supervisor. Prepare contributions to the Secretariat reports to the Executive Board and the General Conference. Contribute, when required, to the speeches and messages of the Director-General or the ADG/PAX. Provide support to the Unit of the National Commissions when needed. 



COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework . 


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of International Relations, Political science, Law or in other related areas. 

Work Experience 

A minimum of (two) 2 years of relevant experience in the field of international cooperation, international relations and/or diplomacy, of which preferably (one) 1 year acquired at international level. 

Skills & Competencies 

Proven organizational and analytical skills including demonstrated ability to provide advice and analysis. 
Very good written and oral communication skills, with the ability to produce quality briefings. 
Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills. 
Proven ability to communicate, advocate, and exchange with colleagues, staff and stakeholders within and outside the Organization. 
Proven ability to work effectively in a team and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment. 
Sense of diplomacy, tact and discretion. 


Excellent knowledge of English and French and good knowledge of Arabic. 



Training or diploma in geopolitics of the Arab States region. 

Work Experience 

Experience in the preparation of factual and substantive briefing notes. 

Skills & Competencies 

Knowledge of the Arab region’s geopolitics. 
Capacity to actively participate in building and strengthening relations with Member States and partners. 
Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system. 


Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Chinese, Russian or Spanish). 


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. 

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