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Assistant Project Officer, (SC-8) JA 08-2021


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Bangkok

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-DEC-2021


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


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Only candidates entitled to work in Thailand may apply



Background Information


Since 1961, UNESCO Bangkok has had a dual role as both the Regional Bureau for Education and a Cluster Office. As the Regional Bureau for Education, UNESCO Bangkok provides technical expertise and assistance while serving advisory, knowledge-production, and sharing, monitoring and evaluation functions to assist Asia-Pacific Member States and other UNESCO field offices in the area of education. As a Cluster Office, UNESCO Bangkok helps implement UNESCO programmes (Education, Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information) in Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Singapore, Viet Nam and Cambodia in cooperation with other UNESCO offices.


The Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD) in the UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok oversees programmes on (i) Future of Learning, Research and Foresight, (ii) Higher Education, (iii) Teachers, (iv) Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and (v) Non-formal Education and Literacy.


The post advertised is located under the Non-formal Education and Literacy team.  Main duties and responsibilities are mentioned below. 

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Major Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall authority of the Director of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand and the chief of EISD, and under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, the incumbent shall be responsible for the following tasks:


1. Implement the Project “Regional Promotion of Equitable Education Through Innovations” (Phases 1 and 2), funded by the Equitable Education Fund (EEF), with governments and other development partners;

2. Technically support in the implementation of the Increasing Access to Basic Education for Out-of-School Children in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam through Flexible Learning Programmes project

3. Support the Programme Specialist in implementing activities related to the ASEAN Declaration’s Working Group on Out-of-School Children and Youth;

4. Design and conduct experts’ meetings, working group meetings, consultations and conferences related to the abovementioned projects

5. Collect and disseminate the latest news on flexible and innovative learning solutions and cases for disadvantaged children and youth to government officials, experts and other stakeholders, maintain its website and the info database system, regularly update the mailing list, and support the development of strategies to increase visibility of the newsletter;

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6. Maintain and improve online platforms, including Assistive Technologies for Learning, Equitable Education Alliance and a DAE app by collecting relevant, up-to-date materials and resources on a regular basis, improving these websites’ usability, and providing solutions to problems raised by users and relevant stakeholders;

7. Assist the Programme Specialist in reporting and communicating with the donors, other partners and UNESCO HQ (SISTER) on the progress of the projects and develop PR materials;

8. Draft meeting reports, project reports and articles and posts for websites and public information; 

9. Contribute to the regular programme work planning process in literacy and lifelong learning, support to implement migrant education initiatives, and design project proposals for mobilizing extra-budgetary (EXB) funds;

10. Undertake missions related to the duties mentioned above including representing UNESCO, and participation in meetings and conferences as requested; take part in consultations with the Member States and UNESCO field offices, undertake capacity building activities, fact-finding, project design and monitoring missions;

11. Perform any other duties required by the Director, UNESCO Bangkok, the Chief of Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development and the Programme Specialist in Literacy and Lifelong Learning.

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.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in the field of education, communication, social sciences, development studies, or related areas.


Work Experience

  • At least two years of relevant experience in project and programme support and implementation. 
  • Experience in an international environment, preferably in a United Nations organization.  


Skills and competencies 

  • Excellent communication, organizational and coordination skills.
  • Capacity for accuracy and attention to detail in preparation of correspondence and programme documents.
  • Ability to take initiatives and to provide quality and timely support and services.  
  • Good interpersonal skills, discretion, good sense of judgement and capacity to deal efficiently and tactfully with people of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent IT skills with proficiency in the use of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel. PowerPoint, etc.) and for webpage management and news circulation. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities. 


  • Excellent knowledge of English and Thai both verbal and writing.




  • Master’s degree in the field of education, communication, social sciences, development studies, or related areas.


Work Experience

  • Familiarity with the UN system or the administrative operation of UN agencies. 
  • Experiences in developing webpages and database will be an advantage. 



  • Knowledge of other official UN languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).


Interested applicants should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document). 
Prior to uploading the documents, at the end of the word document, please insert with the following required information
•    a cover letter;
•    a full resume (stating details of educational qualifications and work experience, present income, home and office contact addresses, email address, telephone numbers and three references).

Applications must be submitted by 17 December 2021 (23:59 Bangkok time). Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


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.


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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.

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