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Programme Specialist (SDG4 - Learning Outcomes)

(This position may be home based/remote with a possibility to travel to Canada or it may be based in Montreal depending on the current circumstances related to Covid-19)



Post Number : 1CAUIS0025PA

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Duty Station: Canada

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-JUN-2020


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




Under the overall administrative authority as well as direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Programme Officer (incumbent) shall assist in the coordination and implementation of UIS activities in the areas of learning outcomes, learning assessment, literacy, monitoring, and the global metric.  


In particular, the incumbent shall:


Contribute to the coordinating role of the Director's Office in Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) in general and in particular to the effective functioning of the Technical Cooperation group to education 2030 and its regional expansion and  the  of the Learning Outcomes section through: 

  • Funding proposals: Contribute to drafting of new funding proposals in the areas covered by Learning Outcomes. Follow-up on existing funding proposals, draft narrative reports and provide updates to partners. 
  • Support the coordination of regional workshops and consultations: Organize regional workshops or consultation meetings, as required, helping to identify potential partners, managing meeting logistics and preparing documents, presentations, etc. 
  • Budgets: prepare programme/project related budget. 
  • Consultancies: Draft consultant terms of reference (ToR), monitor timeliness, and qualitative aspects of deliverables. 
  • Coordinate  the team.


Coordinate and contribute to the work of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML): 

  • Provide support to the implementation of an information sharing portal/webpage, gathering documentation for portal, and communication with partners. 
  • Consolidate feedback from technical consultations with assessment experts. 
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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.




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in statistics or in a closely related numeric discipline (such as demography, economics or applied mathematics) or in the fields of social sciences with a substantial applied statistics component or related area.


Work Experience


  • A minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional experience in learning outcomes related to assessment of learning skills, of which at least one year acquired preferably at the international level within a UN or similar agency or in a government ministry; 
  • Experience in educational statistics;
  • Experience in SDG4 measurement and reporting;
  • Experience in training and making oral presentations to targeted audiences. 




  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) and a very good working knowledge of French.


Work Experience


  • A minimum of two years’ experience at international level.
  • Experience working with developing countries and sound knowledge of issues related to assessment of learning outcomes is an asset.
  • Experience with UNESCO’s operations and administrative procedures as well as knowledge of the UN System would be an asset.
  • Experience working in the area of Learning Outcomes (LO) or closely related field.



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.


Please note that this position may be filled on full-time or part-time basis.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

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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