Senior Driver

Fixed-Term Contract


Under the authority of the Regional Director & UNESCO Representative and the direct supervision of the Administrative Officer (AO)/ Administrative Assistant (AA), as applicable, the Senior Driver provides reliable and safe driving services ensuring high accuracy of work to the Regional Director of Office and high-ranking UN officials and visitors, coordinates routes and schedules work of other drivers.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to the following functions: GENERAL

  • Ensure provision of reliable and safe driving services for Regional Director/, UNESCO/UN officials and staff, including senior and high-ranking officials and visitors.
  • Meet senior staff, officials and visitors at the airport.
  • Assist with basic visa and customs formalities and translation of basic information from the local language into the working/local language for Regional Director/and/or official personnel using the vehicle (When required).
  • Refer to the AO/AA problems such as abuse/ misuse of equipment and vehicles, as well as the report of accidents.
  • Deliver and collects mail and documents and other items as required.

Long Description


  • Assure the care and safety precautions at driving sometimes in dense, difficult and hazard traffic driving conditions.
  • Determine the itineraries of the trip and the expected duration of the journey (choices of route, observance of security instructions and procedures)
  • Guarantee the respect of local driving rules and regulations
  • Secure the availability of required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, and necessary spare parts in the assigned vehicle; keeps track of insurance and other tax formalities.

Long Description


  • Operate with independence and autonomy from the day-to-day supervision of driving tasks assuring the successful and timely achievement of the assignments.
  • Manage the agenda of the Regional Director when on a road trip/mission and coordinates transportation with the secretarial assistant of the Regional Director and the AO/AA.
  • Ensure cost-savings through proper upkeep of vehicles and accurate day-to-day maintenance and/or coordination of daily vehicle logs.
  • Instruct other drivers in matters pertaining to traffic and safety regulations, office regulations with respect to vehicles and equipment, and safety measures.
  • Prepare vehicle maintenance logs and reports. Coordinate routes and schedules drivers and vehicles for use on a daily basis.

Additional activities that may be required when not driving, may perform other duties, such as photocopying, archiving, assisting with filing, paying some office bills etc.

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.



  • Completed secondary school education.


  • At least 2 years’ experience as a driver.
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A clean driving record
  • Minimum visual acuity of 20/50 (or corrected to 20/50)
  • Familiarity with GPS devices
  • Knowledge of area roads and neighbourhoods
  • Ability to lift heavy packages and luggage
  • Availability to occasionally take weekend and night shifts
  • A polite and professional disposition
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful driving situations (e.g. at rush hour)


  • Well spoken English including reading and writing.



  • Defensive driving certificate and/or training


  • Experience working in the UN System, or at similar international or bilateral organizations is an asset.


  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days’ annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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.