UNESCO Internship: Bureau of Human Resources Management

UNESCO Internship

UNESCO recognizes the importance of having a highly talented, skilled and committed workforce, which is empowered and supported by an organizational culture and environment that enables staff to grow, be creative develop and realize their potential within a secure, inclusive, modern, and flexible working environment.  To achieve the Organizational goals, the Bureau of Human Resources Management strives to attract and retain the very best of talent, provide innovative learning, career development and mobility opportunities to allow staff to reach their full potential, encourage and reward excellence, creativity, and high performance.  

UNESCO Internship
UNESCO Internship

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UNESCO Internship

Under the overall authority of the Director of the Bureau of Human Resources Management, and the direct supervision of the relevant Chief of Section, Head of Unit, or HR specialist, the intern will contribute to the work of the Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM).  

Areas of activity within HRM are: 

  • Management Support & Coordination Unit 

Coordination of HR flagship initiatives, HR Communications, Data Analytics & Statistics, IT Support & Shared Common Services 

  • Staffing & Recruitment Section 

Recruitment of Fixed-term appointments, Project Appointments, Outreach activities, Young Talent Diversity Programmes, Geographical & Functional Mobility, Lateral transfers/placements. 

  • Human Resources Staff Services Section 

Administrative services to staff at Headquarters and the Field : staff appointments/on-boarding, compensation and benefits, pension and insurance, post classification, organizational design, post management, HR applications & IT support, and social welfare

  • Staff Pension & Insurance Unit 

Medical Benefits Fund, UN Joint Pension Fund, other insurance schemes. 

  • Classification, Compensation & Post Management Unit 

Determining the grade of a post based on duties and responsibilities assigned to the post by the responsible manager, analysis of the job elements, including its placement in the organizational structure, classification standard

  • HR Strategic Support 

Administrative Review and Staff Regulations & Staff Rules

  • HR Policy Coordination Unit 

Interpretation, application and revision of the Human Resources Manual policies and provisions. 

  • Performance Leadership Unit 

    Performance management for personnel 

  • Centre for Learning & Partnerships Development 

Corporate & individual learning programmes, Language learning programme, Internship programme, Junior Professional programme, Sponsored Trainees, UN and UNESCO Volunteers. 

Tasks for the UNESCO Internship

The work entrusted to interns falls under one or more of the following categories as per the requirements/needs of each team.

  • Contribute to the production/preparation of documents, working papers, and conceptual framework/concept notes on area of work or development challenges.
  • Collect, organize and analyze data.
  • Assist in the development of technical support in the development of new interventions or projects.
  • Undertake research and reviews to produce parts of documents, presentations etc.. 
  • Contribute to the preparation of communication materials
  • Participate in meetings and seminars.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support in the planning and organization of briefings, information sessions, workshops and other similar activities


It is expected that the assignment will provide the intern with the opportunity to develop skills in some of the specific domain of Human Resources depending on the assignment, and in areas such as: 

  • Carry out data analysis and data presentation 
  • Understand project management in the context of an international organization. 
  • Gain insight into the development and dissemination of communication materials 
  • Strengthen verbal and written communication skills, including through participating in meetings and presentations. 

The intern will also gain an understanding of the overall work of UNESCO and be given an opportunity to develop soft skills of the UNESCO Competency Framework, such as teamwork, flexibility, results-focus and client-focus.    

Required Qualifications for the UNESCO Internship


You must be at least 20 years old to apply.

Academic qualifications:

At the time of your application to the internship programme:

  • You are currently enrolled in a graduate programme (Master’s degree, PhD, or equivalent, second university degree or higher).
  • You have recently graduated with a Master’s degree or PhD (or second degree as defined above), 12 months prior to the start of the internship.

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