The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched its Young Professionals Programme 2015.

Barbadians with an interest in the programme should be no older than 32 years as at December 31, 2015.

The objectives of the programme are to improve the geographical distribution of the Secretariat and to attract young, talented professionals to the Secretariat.

Candidates must hold an advanced university degree, preferably with a specialisation or major, in one of the following areas: Education: Educational Planning, Comparative Education, Education Reform; Human Resources Management, Business Administration; Natural Sciences: Environmental Natural Sciences; Social and Human Sciences: Social and Human Sciences (social transformations, policy formulation, youth and intercultural dialogue); Culture: International Law; Communication and Information: Communication or Information Sciences; External Relations: International Relations; Political Sciences; Legal Affairs: International Law, Contract Law, Commercial Law or Administrative Law and Financial Management: Finance, Accounting, Audit.

Individuals must also possess excellent knowledge of English or French. Knowledge of both working languages is an asset.??In addition to the above criteria, selection will be based on the notions of excellence, achievement and commitment to UNESCO’s mandate. A relevant first professional experience will be an asset, but is not a requirement.

The selected candidates will be appointed as UNESCO staff members on an initial one-year, fixed-term contract. Assignments may be at Headquarters or a Field Office.The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday, June 26.??For further information, interested persons should contact the Barbados National Commission for UNESCO, at 430-2702, or e-mail

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