Secondment of Experts

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Secondments and loans are one way in which UNESCO can mobilize expertise, skills, and know-how to reinforce its activities.

Experts loaned or seconded to UNESCO by its partners: Member States, non governmental organizations, universities or the private sector are highly valued resources, and they are deployed for a fixed period of time in response to a specific need of the Organization.

UNESCO offers secondees the opportunity of gaining experience in a dynamic international environment. And for UNESCO’s partners, the secondment scheme offers the opportunity to showcase expertise of relevance to UNESCO’s mandate.

The Scheme paves the way for a solid network which facilitates cooperation between UNESCO and its partners even when individual secondments have come to an end.

Loans and secondments are limited in time and are not a substitute for the recruitment of staff. At the same time, loaned personnel must meet UNESCO’s high recruitment standards in terms of qualifications and relevant experience. UNESCO makes the final decision on the selection of loaned/seconded personnel, and in that context, attention is given to both geographical and gender balance.

UNESCO’s partners can consult HERE the areas for which UNESCO is currently looking for loans/secondments.

UNESCO invites its partners to contact Ms Jessica Jeavons (Tel: 33 (0)1 45 68 18 22 ; e-mail: j.jeavons(at), in case they may be interested in providing loaned or seconded experts.