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Career Development

Career development is founded on the basis of partnership approach between the staff member, the manager and the Organization. At UNESCO, mobility is an integral part of career development.


The Organization offers a range of trainings to its staff in different areas/subjects such as:

  • Language courses in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish for staff and their spouse;
  • IT (Windows operating systems);
  • Managerial and professional skills;
  • Career development workshops.

Staff may also choose to follow external courses under certain conditions.


International Professional Staff

International Professional staff are entitled to allowances and benefits, such as:


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)

The salary scales and Post adjustment indices is available here


Staff members may be eligible for a range of family allowances and benefits linked to the dependency status of members of their family.


UNESCO contributes to the cost of education of dependent children, incurred as a result of expatriation.


The following benefits will help staff on relocation:

  • Settling-in grant: to assist in meeting initial extraordinary costs when arriving at or relocating to a new duty station;
  • Travel and shipping expenses: are paid to staff on assignment, and when moving from one duty station to another. At some duty stations, a hardship allowance linked to living and working conditions is also paid.
  • Rental Subsidy: if newly arrived at the duty station and your rent is too high in proportion of your total remuneration.

Mobility entitlements

  • Mobility and Hardship: The Mobility incentive and Hardship allowance are designed to encourage mobility between duty stations and compensate staff for the difficult living and working conditions in some field locations.
  • Rest and Recuperation: Rest and recuperation breaks are granted to staff members serving in field locations where the work environment is considered to be extremely stressful, isolated, insecure, or lacking the most basic and essential services.
  • Danger pay: Danger pay is a special allowance granted to staff required to work in duty stations where very dangerous conditions, such as war or active hostilities, prevail and/or where the evacuation of families and non-essential staff has taken place. A list of countries and duty stations where Danger pay applies is on the UN site

Holidays and leave

  • Annual leave: is granted to staff at the rate of 2 ½ working days per month.
  • Maternity Leave: consists of 16 weeks of paid leave. To start from 6 weeks before the probable date of confinement and until 10 weeks after.
  • Paternity Leave: 4 weeks of paid leave; increased to 8 weeks in non-family duty stations.
  • Official holidays: At Headquarters, French public holidays are non-working days, in field offices are established in accordance with local UN practice.

Pension and Insurance