Junior Consultant Multilingualism, 2003 Recommendation & IDIL





Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI)

Duty Station: Paris


Job Family: Communication and Information

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-FEB-2024

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


Within the framework of UNESCO’s work on Multilingualism and Linguistic Diversity and the Promotion of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032), the consultant will backstop development, visualization and improvement of UNESCO’s World Atlas of Languages (WAL); support activities related to the 2003 Recommendation Concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace and monitor and give technical backstopping for the development of National Action Plans and digital empowerment activities within the framework of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032).

Under the overall authority of the Director for the Division for Digital Inclusion and Policies and Digital Transformation, the Chief of the Section for Universal Access to Information and Digital Inclusion, and the Advisor for Communication & Information, the consultant shall:

1. For the World Atlas of Languages:

a. Provide technical support on the development of the Atlas to maintain a functioning platform for all data provided to UNESCO,

b. Execute data analytics methods to enhance user experience and user interface of the platform;

c. Perform troubleshooting and quality assurance exercises to ensure that the website runs according to UNESCO’s standards and produced weekly reports;

d. Produce summary statistics for country, region, and language profiles and prepare weekly reports;

e. Work closely with the Ad Hoc Expert Committee established for data governance and provide technical backstopping to guarantee a smooth, qualitative, and timely data management by:

i. Preparing agendas and workplans for Ad Hoc Committee deliberations;
ii. Ensuring smooth communication between the members of the Ad Hoc Committee and UNESCO;
iii. Preparing data and information summaries to backstop activities of the Ad Hoc Committee;
iv. Prepare regular briefings and succinct reports of the work and outcomes of the Ad Hoc Committee.

f. Backstop the work of the World Atlas of Languages Focal Points by:

i. Training and Onboarding: Provide comprehensive training to new Focal Points on the WAL platform, including its features, functionalities, and best practices;
ii. Developing training materials and resources for ongoing reference and support;
iii. Establishing a regular communication channel with Focal Points to address queries, provide updates, and share relevant information;
iv. Supporting the organization of campaign, periodic meetings or webinars to discuss progress, challenges, and share success stories;
v. Working as a dedicated helpdesk or support system to assist Focal Points with technical issues, and platform-related queries and ensure prompt response to technical support requests;
vi. Implementing a robust data quality assurance process to review data submitted by Focal Points in collaboration with the Ad Hoc Expert Committee;
vii. Promoting the WAL and the work of Focal Points through various channels to encourage participation and engagement;
viii. Assessing capacities, needs, gaps and opportunities for the improvement of the WAL platform;

2. For the 2003 Recommendation (Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace):

a. Support to develop a framework for continuous monitoring Member States’ activities and initiatives related to the implementation of the Recommendation;

b. Establish communication channels to liaise with Member States, collecting relevant data, updates, and progress reports on their efforts to implement the Recommendation;

c. Regularly review and analyze the submitted information to assess the extent to which Member States are meeting the provisions of the Recommendation;

d. Identify challenges and best practices in Member States’ initiatives, providing recommendations for improvement where necessary to implement Universal Acceptance;

e. Work closely with relevant stakeholders, including Member States, international organizations, and other partners, to gather comprehensive information for the preparation of consolidated reports;

f. Compile and synthesize the collected information into consolidated reports that highlight global trends, achievements, challenges, and recommendations related to multilingualism and universal access to cyberspace;

g. Contribute insights and analysis to the reports, emphasizing the impact of Member States’ initiatives on the overarching goals of the Recommendation;

h. Contribute’ to the preparation of the consolidated reports on the 2003 Recommendation Concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace.

3. For the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032):

a. Contribute to the coordination of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032 including but not limited to support to the Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages and the UNESCO Intersectoral Task Team in the drafting of background documents, agendas, speeches, and news items; daily communications with partners and follow-up including supporting reporting exercises;
b. Support the Section for Universal Access to Information’s work on implementing the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, with a particular focus on activities aimed at creating favorable conditions for digital empowerment, access to information and language technology;
c. Support partnership building efforts in preserving, revitalization and promotion of Indigenous languages;
d. Contribute to the drafting and preparation of concept notes, speeches; reports, including through background research, and review of existing literature and policies; as well as the preparation of fundraising proposals on linguistic diversity and multilingualism.

• 11 Monthly Reports on the Progress

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences; statistics or information technology.

Work Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience in a data base management, data analytics or similar role.
  • Experience in data curation and data visualization and
  • Experience in projects related to Multilingualism.
  • Knowledge of monitoring of UNESCO recommendation.


  • Excellent data analytics skills, especially data cleansing, integration and warehousing.;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and able to exchange information on complex issues.;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in multicultural environment with external and internal partners.;
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, including the ability to organize own work priorities and deadlines. Discretion and maturity of judgement.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Solid computer skills including advanced knowledge of office software such as Word and Excel. Some knowledge of Drupal will be an asset.


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French.
  • Good Knowledge of Spanish.


Work Experience

  • Experience with UNESCO and/or within United Nations system and understanding of their functioning and procedures would be an asset.
  • Working experience in multidisciplinary and multicultural team.


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


Interested candidates should complete the on-line application, download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

Part 1: Technical Proposal

  1. an up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  2. a statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment.
  3. an indication of the approach (methodology, detailed workplan) he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment, including any inputs that may be required from UNESCO.

Part 2: Financial Proposal

  1. A competitive fee for the assignment, which should be quoted in EUR and expressed on a monthly basis (with maximum of 3000 Euros per month) – the overall cost of the assignment, expressed as an overall lump-sum. [Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.]

Additional Information:

  • The selected candidate will work both remotely and in person.
  • The incumbent must have legal status to live and work in France.
  • No travel will be supported to join .
  • This Consultant Contract is for a period of 11 months.
  • Estimated contract dates from February 2024 to January 2025.
  • Applications submitted without Technical and Financial proposals will not be considered.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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


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