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Programme Specialist (Education)


Post Number : 5EGED0003RP

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Cairo

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 04-APR-2020


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




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED) and the direct supervision of the Director of the Cairo Office, the incumbent of the post will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of UNESCO’s Regular Programme Activities as well as extra-budgetary projects in the fields Education for Egypt, and will provide support/backstopping to the cluster country Sudan. S/he will contribute and support the effective implementation of the UNESCO Education Sector Strategy and will also play a significant role in policy and strategy direction of the office, in resource optimization and mobilisation. Within this context, the incumbent’s main activities will be to:


  • Conceptualize, design, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor and implement the Education Support Strategy; participate in identifying strategic issues, opportunities and risks to effectively integrate them into organizational objectives; provide technical advice and backstopping in the following areas: accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG4), building quality inclusive education system, supporting education system responses to contemporary challenges for sustainable development and culture of peace and non-violence, and reinforcing leadership for SDG4 through advocacy, partnership and monitoring;
  • Design, plan, organize and coordinate activities in the field of Sector-wide Policy and Planning, Literacy, Teachers and Technical vocational education and training (TVET);
Long Description
  • Develop, coordinate and monitor extra-budgetary projects and ensure periodic reviews and reporting, and sharing of information related to Education 2030, Education for Sustainable Development, TVET and Global Citizenship Education;
  • Identify key internal and external stakeholders, develop and maintain professional collaboration and partnerships at regional and global levels on education issues and learning assessments, including planning, implementation and monitoring of advocacy activities jointly organized with networks and partners;
  • Design and coordinate the implementation of a capacity development programme in strategic planning in education and provide technical contribution to sub-regional organisations, as well as technical backstopping to national offices;
Long Description
  • Mobilize extra budgetary resources to support sector-wide planning, education policy analysis, education sector assessment and sector management among Member States in the region in line with country policy priorities, the regional Education Support Strategy and overall resource mobilization strategies of UNESCO, by preparing project proposals and cooperation frameworks with Member States and donor agencies and by engaging in fundraising activities;
  • Carry out project management, including backstopping, technical, and financial and human resources management. Coordinate and supervise of the office’s education team, identifying human and technical resource needs, recruitment and performance management.
Long Description
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  •   Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of education, humanities, economics, social sciences, or other closely related fields. 


Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of education development and policy, of which at least 3 years acquired at the international level;
  • Work experience and demonstrated expertise in planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating programs/projects in the field of education.
  • Experience in fund raising and resource mobilization.


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks; demonstrated ability to translate strategy into priorities and action.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop, and mainain partnerships, and to coordinate, negotiate and deal with partners and networks in private and public sectors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing, with strong representational abilities.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.



  • Academic specialization in education policy and/or education economics.


Work Experience

  • Experience in planning, implementing and management of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), teacher education, TVET and development programmes/projects.



  • Familiarity with the work and general functionning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System.
  • Good knowledge of Education systems in the Arab States, and good understanding of the educational and labour market issues in the Region.



  • Good knowledge (written and spoken) of French.
  • Knowledge (written and spoken) of Arabic.

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.


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


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