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Updated November 10, 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)

  • Noble mission, rewarding work with governments (sometimes), good pay, pleasant co-workers, good work-life balance, flexi-time (in 3 reviews)

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

  • tences mais aussi par la nationalit (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Communications Consultant"

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    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.

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

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    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. "Great insights and work-life balance"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Venice (Italy)
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Venice (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UNESCO as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great possibility to gain insights about the field. Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Little possibility to impact the world in reality.

    Advice to Management

    Pay interns and allow for innovation

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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

    I worked at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    A very CV boosting experience

    Cons

    Slow and stagnant working environment overall

    Advice to Management

    consider PAID internships


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice first experience"

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    Current Employee - Programmer Assistant in Montevideo (Uruguay)
    Current Employee - Programmer Assistant in Montevideo (Uruguay)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    No promotions, very dead-end, lots of uncertainty.


  10. "Junior officer, CDD 3 months"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UNESCO full-time

    Pros

    Easy job, good location, no taxes

    Cons

    temporal, no job security, a lot of burocracy


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