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As a specialized agency within the United Nations,UNESCO offers a broad range of employment opportunities. Posts in the Organization are mainly filled by people in occupations linked to the Organization’s five areas of concern: education, science, culture, information and communication. There are also opportunities for employment in fields such as administration, finance, human resources and information technology.
For information on job opportunities at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and its field offices elsewhere in the world, you should visit the Recruitment Section of the UNESCO web site.
The Canadian Commission operates under the aegis of the Canada Council for the Art. If you wish to explore opportunities for employment at the Commission, check the Employment Opportunities section on the Canada Council for the Arts web site.
The Public Service Commission of Canada also targets key positions in international organizations, and identifies qualified Canadians to fill them. If you are interested in working for an international organization, we would suggest you that you check out the Public Service Commission of Canada web site. This site includes information about employment opportunities abroad.
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UNESCO's Young Professionals Programme is designed specifically for youth representatives from countries that are under-represented among UNESCO's staff. Because Canada is currently over-represented in terms of positions at UNESCO headquarters, Canadians are, unfortunately, not eligible for this programme.
Young Professionals International (YPI) provides youth with a first paid career-related international work experience that will further the objectives of Canada's foreign policy.
International Youth Programs enable young Canadians, primarily between the ages of 18 and 30, to obtain new skills and training to help them compete in the global economy and broaden their exposure to foreign cultures. Some of the International Youth Programs are managed by foreign embassies, high commissions or consulates in Canada while others are administered by private sector Canadian organizations.
The Canadian Commission periodically takes on interns for short to medium-term developmental assignments. The positions are unpaid, but provide excellent work experience and contacts for the future. If you are a student, and are interested learning about UNESCO and the Commission, then contact us.
Students from a wide range of disciplines, researchers and national civil servants are all able to apply for individual 1 to 4 month internships at UNESCO Headquarters. Depending on your qualifications, these internships relate either to the Organization’s strategic activities or to administrative or technical functions. For more information: internships at UNESCO.
The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) is primarily associated with United Nations development projects. More information can be found by contacting theWorld University Service of Canada (WUSC) which is the coordinating agency for Canada.
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