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Programme Specialist (Digital Policies and Digital Transformation, Communication and Information)

Status: Closed

  • Employment

Organisation: UNESCO

Deadline: 28/07/2023

Location: Paris

UNESCO is looking for a Programme Specialist ( Digital policies and digital transformation, Communication and Information to contribute to UNESCO’s strategic objective to foster a technological environment in the service of humankind through the development and dissemination of knowledge and skills.


The Communication and Information Sector’s mission is to promote freedom of expression, media development, and media literate societies, and to build knowledge societies through digital transformation, fostering universal access to information, innovation for sustainable development, and the preservation of documentary heritage. (The role of this vacant position does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Division for Communications and Public Engagement).

This post in the Section for Digital Policies and Digital Transformation contributes to UNESCO’s strategic objective to foster a technological environment in the service of humankind through the development and dissemination of knowledge and skills. The incumbent will assist Member States in enhancing their policies for inclusive digital transformation and AI development and in addressing digital and knowledge divides, including between genders.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, guidance from the Director of the Division for Digital Inclusion and Policies and Digital Transformation, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section for Digital Policies and Digital Transformation (DIT), the incumbent is responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and reporting on projects and programmes relating to digital policies and digital governance.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, information technology/computer science, political sciences, public policy/administration or related fields.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience in implementing and monitoring ICT for development and/or policy projects, with a focus on digital transformation, digital policy, and governance, of which preferably 2 years acquired at the international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of fundraising/resource mobilization, including the development of project proposals.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and good social media skills.
  • Good IT skills. While ICT for development project/ digital policy experience is necessary, being an IT expert/technician is not a requirement for this position.
  • Very good understanding of emerging information and communication technologies.
  • Good project management skills (planning, coordinating, managing).
  • Good capacity building and policy development competencies.
  • Ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Good information and knowledge management skills.
  • Capacity to represent the Organization competently and convincingly.
  • Proven fundraising, excellent negotiation, and networking skills.
  • Good ability to work autonomously and maintain effective working relationships in an international and multicultural environment.


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French, and good knowledge of the other language.

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