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Updated June 8, 2017
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UNESCO Directrice générale Irina Bokova
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Pros
  • flexible, good working environment and interesting people to work with but depends on the unit you're working in (in 8 reviews)

  • Great experience, working with highly intelligent people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Manque de personnel ; pas d'opportunit (in 5 reviews)

  • Too much politics, no movement for career growth, no development training (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Communications Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Communications Consultant Education in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Communications Consultant Education in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to make a standing impact on international issues and policy is second to none. The people you'll meet at UNESCO are fascinating and wonderful, lifelong friends.

    Cons

    Of course, it is an extremely bureaucratic organization, driven by politics and not always with a view to the greater good. It is perfect for a policy wonk or someone who has a lot of patience. But it is not a nimble or dynamic environment,

    Advice to Management

    Reform human resources policies so that they are more realistic, especially for the consultants and interns who make up a significant percentage of the personnel that keep UNESCO running.


  2. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    Cultural Diversity, great people and staff

    Cons

    Interns do not get paid


  3. "Wonderful organization with focus on Education for International Understanding in Asia-Pacific region"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with educators from Asia-Pacific region
    Hands on training along with diverse experience ranging from organizing programs, budget, to research
    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Limited number of employees
    Having to deal with multiple funding organization
    Korean working style


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Working with the Frederick, Maryland Branch"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with awesome people towards an awesome mission. The culture was one of genuine team spirit and togetherness. When working with kids, there was a huge emphasis on making them feel comfortable.

    Cons

    Disorganization is the only and biggest challenge of working here. There was not much planning ahead, and there was not clear delineation of roles. This spills over into uncertainty over who to talk to when trying to resolve any issues that arise.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead of time and have WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION of everything.


  5. "Great people from all over the world and opportunities for interesting assignments"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant
    Former Contractor - Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UNESCO as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a multi-cultural organization with a very stimulating working environment from a cultural perspective. Depending on your division and whether you are at HQ or in the field, the job could be very rewarding as well. Fun and motivated staff!

    Cons

    Given the current economic crisis that UNESCO is facing, due limited financial support, the organization is struggling for its survival, and as result, there are many layoffs and few resources available for expanding its operation beyond extra budgetary funds.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pursuing more options for securing funding so that UNESCO can once again become the vibrant and dynamic organization it used to be!


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great, diverse groups of people; responsibility from day 1 (even for interns)

    Cons

    Can be disorganized and very bureaucratic


  7. "Internship at UNESCO"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International environment, chance to meet many different people from different backgrounds and to participate to many events

    Cons

    Some supervisors don't really care about the job undertaken by the interns, they don't give feedback or help the intern
    UNESCO don't pay anything for the internship

    Advice to Management

    They should improve their internship policy: adding partnerships with universities and governments or granting a scholarship.


  8. "Trainee"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern

    Pros

    International atmosphere and the feeling you are doing something that is positive for the world

    Cons

    The hiring process could be longer than expected

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular


  9. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good job, compétent collègues, interesting subjects, beautiful locations. Can't highlight how is a pleasure to work with this organization'. Hope to continue this job.

    Cons

    Nothing to say im sorry it is the best

    Advice to Management

    Please recruit dôme younger candidates and from more various backgrounds


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Finance and Admiistatve Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative and Finance Officer in Accra (Ghana)
    Former Employee - Administrative and Finance Officer in Accra (Ghana)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good employment Benefits package
    Working under less stress situation
    Secured work environment

    Cons

    I some cases staff transfer and change of duty station is not doe transparently

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with your good administration set-up
    Improve transparency on trannsfers


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