About Us

About the Commission

The Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO is the focal point in Tanzania for implementation of UNESCO programmes and activities. It has been newly established as an autonomous organization through the UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania Act No. 7 of 2008.

The National Commission acts as the principle link between UNESCO and the government in order to engage all its departments working in all the areas of competence of UNESCO that is, Education, Science, Culture, Communication and Information. The Commission also engages other communities such as non government institutions, intellectual community, civil society and individuals concerned with UNESCO areas of competence in the formulation and execution of UNESCOs related programmes, to ensure Tanzania’s inputs to UNESCO policy making and debate and to encourage support in Tanzania for UNESCO ideals and work.

The Commission is part of a community of 195 UNESCO National Commissions each working as a liaison between UNESCO and its member states with the main mandate of engaging key national actors towards achieving UNESCO ideals of promoting peace, mutual understanding and equitable sustainable human development. National Commissions are unique to UNESCO in the UN System and they work outside the structure of UNESCO as critical partners who coordinate the involvement of key national players in the organizations five sectoral programmes.

Structure and Governance

The Commission

The Commission chaired by an appointee of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania and is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training who is responsible for UNESCO affairs. The Commission is composed of 15 Commissioners drawn from government department, universities and members of the civil society from both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. It operates five sectoral Technical Committees (Education, Science, Social Science, Culture and Communication and Information) and coordinates several National Committees for UNESCO intergovernmental programmes and as well as other UNESCO special programmes.

Although this will be a hosted and moderated portal it with also have a component of direct e-debates and discussions on various topical issues raised by the target groups.
The central aim will be to provide small-scale farmer and business interest groups with information which will enable them to identify the business opportunities and the ways of access these opportunities so as to increase their volume of trade and earnings as a result of tapping into market opportunities brought by the EAC Common Market and Customs Union Protocols.

The Secretariat

Functions of the Commission

The Commission serves as the official link between the government of the United Republic of Tanzania and UNESCO, helping to promote international understanding and co-operation among Tanzanians through educational, scientific and cultural activities so as to contribute to global peace and security. For purposes of this article, a few of its functions are delineated as follows.Acting as an advisory body, the Commission assists the government in determining its policy with regard to UNESCO and its activities. It also serves as liaison regarding organizations, institutions and individuals in Tanzania who are interested in UNESCO’s work, the Headquarters and other National Commissions and co-operating agencies of Member States.The National Commission plays the important role of contributing to UNESCO’s planning and programming processes through national consultations with relevant governmental bodies and other stakeholders, taking into account UNESCO’s mandates and priorities.Regarding liaison and outreach, the Commission fosters links with relevant governmental, non-governmental institutions, civil society, grassroot organizations, volunteer organizations and networks such as UNESCO Clubs and the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) to promote UNESCO’s ideals and programmes.The Commission further proposes candidates for prizes and assists in conducting search for candidates for vacant posts at UNESCO and in the placement of UNESCO Fellowship grants, while helping to forge new partnerships.

Regarding the implementation of UNESCO’s programmes, the Commission submits biennially, Participation Programme Requests covering projects to UNESCO, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Conference.Finally, it contributes to the implementation of activities under the Regular Programme of UNESCO, undertakes to seek support from potential donors at the national level, assist in protecting UNESCO against the mis-use of its name and logo.The Commission acts as a clearing-house, disseminating information from and to UNESCO as required, and contributes to promoting the positive visibility of UNESCO in the country.

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To become a centre of excellence in advancing knowledge, promoting peace and innovation in order to contribute towards building a knowledgeable, informed, innovative and patriotic society.


To involve stakeholders in execution of UNESCO programmes in its five areas of competence in order to realise the country development goals and to promote peace and understanding among nations.


Client Focus, Result/outcome oriented, Integrity, Transparency and accountability, Innovativeness and creativity, Professionalism, Diligence to duty & Team work.


    We are pleased to inform you that UNESCO is launching the Young Professionals Programme 2018. The main objective of this programme is to improve the geographical distribution of the secretariet. It also aims at attracting young talented professional to the secretariet.

    - Nationality: a candidate must be from an unrepresented or under-represented country (in this he/she must be a Tanzanian)
    - Age: candidates must be 32 years of age or less by UNESCO’s deadline for submissions.
    - Education: a university higher degree in the areas requested from the call for applications.
    - Languages: fluency in one of the two working languages of UNESCO (French and English).
    - Attitude: a commitment to working in a multicultural context and to international public service are essential.
    - Experience: initial professional experience is an asset, but is not mandatory.

    i. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
    ii. Copies of academic certificates
    iii. Copy of birth certificate
    iv.Reason/s for applying YPP
    v. Indicate field or area of specialisation

    Areas of Specialisation
    (i) Education Sciences
    (ii) Public Policy
    (iii) Natural and Basic Sciences
    (iv) Cultural Heritage
    (v) Social and Human Sciences (Sociology)
    (vi) Communication and Information (Mass Communication, Journalism, Public Relation)
    (vii) International Relations and Political Sciences
    (viii) International Cooperation and Development
    (ix) Economics
    (x) Public and International Laws,
    (xi) Business Administration
    (xii) Finance, Accounting, Audit
    (xiii) Management Information Systems, Information Technology

    (a) Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview
    (b) Eligible candidates will be invited to fill in an ONLINE application specifically created for UNESCO YPP 2018.
    DEADLINE: At National level is 30th May 2018

    Submit your application through the following email : sajomwaiteleke@yahoo.com musarochec@yahoo.com, moshikimizi@yahoo.co.uk, or by mail: UNESCO National Commission, P. O. Box 20384, Dar es salaam or by hand to our office which is located at Magogoni street , building next to Public Management College Magogoni.



    UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector together with IPDC National Committee organized a one-day workshop focused on journalism ethics and self-regulation in Tanzania, held at the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training venue on 01st March, 2018 in Dar es salaam. The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries. This initiative is part of UNESCO’s ongoing promotion of media accountability through the establishment of voluntary self-regulation mechanisms, in the understanding that they are one of the pillars of an environment facilitating media’s role in advancing freedom of expression, democracy and development. Ethics refers to Moral rules of conduct that guide one’s decisions. Media ethics is the subdivision of applied ethics dealing with the specific ethical principles and standards of media, including broadcast media, film, theatre, the arts, print media and the internet. Media self-regulation is a joint endeavor by media professionals to set up voluntary editorial guidelines and abide by them in a learning process open to the public. By doing so, the independent media accept their share of responsibility for the quality of public discourse in the nation while fully preserving their editorial autonomy in shaping it. In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of complaints raising questions about journalistic ethics & sensitivity. Hence it is vital to promote self-regulation & educate journalists about a code of ethics that encourages sensitivity & self-regulation. Why is media self-regulation good for the press? By promoting standards, self-regulation helps maintain the media’s credibility with the public. This is particularly welcome in new democracies, most of which are also new to an independent press. Media self-regulation helps convince the public that the free media are not irresponsible. At the same time, self-regulation protects the right of journalists to be independent, and to be judged for professional mistakes not by those in power but by their colleagues. When it comes to correcting factual errors or violations of personal rights by the press, satisfaction over the judgments of self-regulatory bodies lessens pressure on the judiciary system to sanction journalists. Media Ethics and Self-Regulation looks closely at the moral dilemmas facing journalists in their day-to-day working lives and examines the self-regulatory bodies that police the various codes of practice. The objectives of the workshop were: ⎫To build awareness and educate journalists about media ethics, the Code of Professional Practice for Journalists and the mechanism of self-regulation in order to build the capacity of the media for more ethical, sensitive and accurate reporting.  ⎫To strengthen the environment for press freedom, journalistic safety and/or self-regulation, for on-line and/or off-line media, through favorable policies and/or practices. ⎫To strengthen the partnership between UNESCO Natcom and IPDC National Committee activities Ms. Christina Musaroche, the Head of Communication and Information sector at UNESCO National Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania officially opened the workshop. In her opening speech, she thanked the IPDC Committee members, facilitators and participants for attending this workshop on Promoting Media Ethics and Self-regulation to the media practitioners and journalists. She also gave a nutshell introduction about IPDC National Committee and objectives for implementing this workshop. Four principles of ethical journalism 1. Seek Truth and Report It Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information. ¥Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. ¥Verify information before releasing it. ¥Use original sources whenever possible. ¥Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy. 2. Minimize Harm ¥Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect. ¥Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. ¥Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. 3. Act Independently ¥The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public. Journalists should: ¥Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts. ¥Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility. 4. Be Accountable and Transparent ¥Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.