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Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Mexico


Post Number : 3MXPAX0001RP

Grade : P-5

Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: Mexico City

Job Family: Field Operations Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-DEC-2019

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Under the overall authority of the Director-General and the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX), and in close consultation with the Assistant Directors-General (ADGs) of Programme Sectors, the Head of the UNESCO Office in Mexico will manage the multidisciplinary programme of the Mexico Office and provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in planning and implementing activities and responding to the priority needs of the Republic of Mexico.

The incumbent works within the framework of UNESCO's Medium-Term Strategies (C/4), Approved Programmes and Budgets (C/5), as well as in the framework of international agreed development agendas such as Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The core result, for which the incumbent is responsible, is the positioning of UNESCO as a trusted development partner in Mexico. Other results are the establishment and implementation of the multidisciplinary programme of the Office in close cooperation with the wider UN System; the effective and efficient management of the Office's operations, resources, premises and assets, in line within the Organization's policies and procedures and the establishment and implementation of robust external relations and partnerships. Moreover, the incumbent will participate, or ensure participation of the Office, in the activities of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Mexico.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in a discipline related to UNESCO's mandate, Public or Business Administration or International Relations.

Work Experience

  • At least ten (10) years of progressive professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system or within other international or national institutions, including a wide experience in development issues related to UNESCO’s areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations.
  • Experience in advocacy, resources and partnership mobilization.


  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
  • Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.
  • Proven skills in administration and the management of financial and human resources.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes, financial resources and exercise appropriate supervision and control.
  • Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners, as well as demonstrated partnership development and fundraising experience.
  • Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, exercise supervision and control, as well as ensure continuous training and development of staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.


  • Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in English and Spanish.




  • Courses/degree in a management-related field.

Work Experience

  • Experience in conducting policy dialogue at government and non-government levels or public and private sectors.


  • Broad general culture, good geopolitical knowledge of the region, sound analytic capacities.
  • Proven leadership and demonstrated managerial skills combined with flexibility.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Good knowledge of the United Nations system.


  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French and Russian).

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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.



UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment

UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.