UNESCO. Associate Experts Scheme

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UNESCO. Associate Experts Scheme

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  • UNESCO. Programme des experts associés

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At the level of the United Nations system, the Associate Experts Scheme was launched by an initial 1958 agreement between the United Nations (UN) and the Government of the Netherlands. In 1961, a resolution in the UN Economic and Social Council on volunteer technical personnel scheme invited specialized agencies to make use of voluntary personnel. After the 60th Session of the Executive Board encouraged the Director-General to pursue the idea, UNESCO’s first activities in line with this resolution began in 1963. In the scheme, requests come initially from potential host countries. Posts were originally intended for development or operational projects on site in the requesting country where an Associate Expert would add extra manpower to a project overseen by a senior technical expert (Alexander, p. 76). Member states wishing to fund the posts would thereby make a contribution to global development efforts in situ, while at the same time giving their young professionals their first technical experience after higher education. All costs were to be borne by the donor country. Candidates would be proposed by the funding state and approved by UNESCO and the host state. The associate experts upon recruitment were considered UNESCO personnel. In later years, associate experts could also be assigned to headquarters to work on regular programme activities. Member states join the Associate Expert Scheme through a formal exchange of letters and the signature of funds-in-trust agreements.


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AWT, 05-08-2013. Revised with addition of Alexander as a source, AWT, 12-2-2016.




-Alexander, Yonah. (1966). International Technical Assistance Experts. Frederick A. Praeger, Publishers: New York. Available in UNESCO Library.
-United Nations, Economic and Social Council, 32nd session. (1961). Use of volunteer workers in the operational programmes of the United Nations and related agencies designed to assist in the economic and social development of the less developed countries. Resolution 849 (XXXII). E/3555. Available online in UN ODS, accessed 05/08/2013.
-UNESCO. (2002). Associate Experts Scheme. Paris, UNESCO. Available online in UNESDOC, accessed 5-8-2013: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001307/130714m.pdf
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-UNESCO. (1985). Item 2420 – Field Project Posts Financed by Extra-budgetary Sources. UNESCO Manual. Item no. 1157. 27 November 1985. UNESCO Archives, Archive Group 6 Secretariat Documents.
-UNESCO. (1981). Meeting of Representatives of Donor Countries participating in the Associate Expert Scheme. CPX.81/WS/25. Available online in UNESDOC, accessed 5-8-2013: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0004/000485/048543eb.pdf
-UNESCO. (1978). Meeting of Representatives of National Sources Responsible for the Recruitment of Candidates for Unesco Posts. Paris. PER/CPX/RAD/CONF.78/DOC.7. Available online in UNESDOC, accessed 5-8-2013: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0003/000337/033725eb.pdf
-UNESCO. Executive Board, 60th Session. (1961). Resolutions and decisions adopted by the Executive Board at its sixtieth session, Paris, 25 October-29th November 1961. 60 EX/Decision 14.2. Available online in UNESDOC, accessed 5-8-2013: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0011/001131/113192e.pdf
-UNESCO. Executive Board, 60th Session. (1961). Recent Decisions of the United Nations Organization and the International Labour Organisation of interest to UNESCO. 60 EX/4. UNESCO Archives, Archive Group 5.

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