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Post Number : 6NGED0004PA

Grade : G-5

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Abuja

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 13-FEB-2022


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Only candidates who are entitled to work in Nigeria may apply to this position.

(Duration of contract: 1 year, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance)

Under the authority of the Director of UNESCO's Multisectoral Regional Office Abuja, the direct supervision of the National Project Officer for O3, the incumbent will contribute to the implementation of the O3 program. 

The O3 program, which began in 2018, will support the delivery of good quality comprehensive sexuality education that empowers adolescents and youth, while developing the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies needed to prevent HIV, reduce early and unwanted pregnancies, and eliminate gender-based violence.

The Project Assistant will provide administrative support to UNESCO's work in support of the O3 program in Nigeria. The Project Assistant will work with the O3 Project Team in Abuja, and collaborate with colleagues in Abuja, Dakar, regional and headquarters levels.


Under the authority of the Regional Director of UNESCO Abuja Office, the supervision of the Senior Programme Specialist and the direct supervision of the O3 National Project Officer, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare correspondence, letters or any other documents for government officials, international organizations and other external bodies, to be submitted to the Office Director via the National Project Officer and via the Senior Programme Specialist/Education Sector Head for signature;
  • Support in the organization and day-to-day management of the Project team: organizing meetings, sending, receiving and distributing various correspondence, filing, maintaining a clean and safe working environment for staff;
  • Organize mission trips for staff;
  • Assist in the commitment, payment and closing of contracts in the system by ensuring the requirement and completeness of supporting documents;
  • Monitor contract performance, receipt of goods and services, verify compliance in relation to requisition specifications;
  • Process payment requests and monitor payment execution;
  • Support the administration of recruitment processes, including selection, setting up meetings and reference checks;
  • Support the organization of workshops and meetings: (i) Preparation of technical documents and materials such as briefing notes, programme invitations, resource materials, management of hotel arrangements, service provider contracts etc.
  • Handling of participants: reservation of funds, purchase of airline tickets, payment of per diems.

Long Description



COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Completed secondary, technical or vocational education 

Work experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in administrative services, project administrative management or related field.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Very good knowledge of office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.).
  • Ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially.
  • Ability to work under pressure, flexibility and adaptability to work schedules and priorities according to workload, emergencies and deadlines.
  • Ability to design, work and execute tasks independently with thoroughness, care and method.
  • Ability to work with and within multicultural teams.


  • Very good knowledge (oral and written) of English and/or French and good knowledge of the other language.
  • Knowledge of one of a local language:
    • Hausa,
    • Ibo,
    • Yoruba,
    • Pidgin.



  • Post Secondary Education Diploma.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge in social medias.



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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


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 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".