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National Associate Project Officer (Education Sector)


Post Number : 4KZNPOPA01

Grade : NO-A

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Almaty

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 27-FEB-2020


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UNESCO’s strategy for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) aims at providing assistance to Member States to transform their TVET systems and practices with focused actions in three core areas: (i) provision of upstream policy advice and related capacity development in the field of TVET; (ii) conceptual clarification of skills development and improvement of monitoring; and (iii) acting as a clearinghouse and informing the global TVET debate.

In this context, the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office is implementing a self-benefiting project “Modernizing 180 technical and vocational education and training institutions in Kazakhstan” under Kazakhstan’s “Zhas Maman” project funded by its Government. The overall objective of the project is to modernize 180 TVET colleges under the 72 most demanding professions in line with international standards so that they can deliver quality education to young people to prepare them for future.

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistanand the direct supervision of Senior Project Officer, the incumbent will act as the National Associate Project Officer for the support in coordination of the project in Kazakhstan. Specifically, s/he will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities: 

1) Support in coordination of project activities in Kazakhstan by:
•    Supporting the attainment of quality programme outputs in line with UNESCO qualitative standards, administrative rules and project results matrix;
•    Contributing to drafting a detailed work plan and assuring regular monitoring of the implementation;
•    Daily liaising with national partners  and other stakeholders; 
•    Helping with identifying project implementation partners and service providers;
•    Drafting terms of reference for the local contracts, assuring that UNESCO rules of procurement are respected;
•    Following–up on the implementation of the contracts, assessing the quality of services provided, undertaking corrective actions when necessary and requesting disbursement of funds.


Long Description

2) Provide support to ensuring the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation by:
•    Participating in daily monitoring and regular evaluation of the project activities, reporting on the progress achieved and making updates of the project log frame as requested by Senior Project Officer;
•    Supporting the development of an aggregate strategic analysis on project performance based on commitment of partners, progress in implementation of activities outputs; 
•    Organizing and contributing to regularly conducting meetings of the project partners, preparing minutes of meetings and action plans with clear responsibilities and timeframe; 
•    Support in conducting periodic project reviews with the governmental counterparts and other partners, recording the results of the review meetings in minutes, reports and formulation of the action plans; 
•    Draft reports on project activities for UNESCO, the donor and implementing partners, as required;
•    Help fostering exchanges of information and lessons learned, identifying new strategies and actions to improve delivery of services and to achieve the project objectives

3) Support in representation and coordination with partners by:
•    Contributing to ensuring project alignment with Government reforms in TVET and its sectoral priorities; 
•    Helping to identify relevant institutions and ensuring their engagement in project’s activities;
•    Helping to ensure capacity development of national stakeholders in all activities at individual, organizational and system levels;
•    Supporting in mobilizing UNESCO’s entities and networks to support of the Government reforms; 
•    Supporting in setting-up mechanisms and actions to ensure sustainability of project’s outputs;
•    Maintaining regular relations with the national counterparts and the key stakeholders (Ministries, TVET providers, regional and local authorities, etc.);
•    Supporting the establishment of relationship and collaboration with employers and their representatives (Chambers of Enterpreuners), to foster their active participation as key stakeholders in the project implementation.

4) Contribute to ensuring communication and visibility by: 
•    Drafting the project visibility plan and ensuring its implementation;
•    Drafting and preparing technical briefs/status updates on the project for wider dissemination (UNESCO and partners websites); 
•    Support in organizing project related  events (seminars, trainings and workshops) and liaising with local and international partners and media, as needed;
•    Drafting necessary press release and outreach materials, ensuring that the major events have necessary press coverage; 
•    Providing web content on major project’s achievements and milestones in project implementation for UNESCO's public information services.
•    Undertake other tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor.


COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (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.

An advanced university degree (Masters level or equivalent) in education and/or science and/or engineering. 

•    At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education, programme coordination and management, preferably in area of TVET. 
•    Experience in management of education programmes.
•    Experience in working with Government partners and high-level development partners and international/national Non-Governmental Organizations and experts.

•    Familiarity with the administrative procedures of large Organizations, preferably UN/UNESCO; 
•    Proven excellent oral, written, analytical and communication skills;
•    Ability to multi-task, prioritize to adjust work schedules and deliver timely results;
•    Ability to work in multi-cultural environment;
•    Good computer and other IT skills including excellent skills in MS office.

•    Excellent knowledge of  English, Russian and Kazakh.




  • Previous experience with UN agencies and understanding of the UN System;
  • Experience in the education sector planning, management,  and  implementation of project in the education sector;
  • Experience in training, coordination and/or institutional and human capacity-building;
  • Excellent knowledge of current context in Kazakhstan, with particular focus on: education, sector planning, TVET, economic development, livelihoods, local governance, youth development, and civil society. 


  • Ability to engage and form effective working relationships with counterparts and clients;
  • Proven ability to work within limited time constraints in the preparation of high quality products;
  • Proven ability to work in a politically complex, unstable and sometimes insecure environment;
  • Excellent communication and training facilitation skills;

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 and UNESCO's career website.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


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