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Request for written proposal, GPE Learning Discontinuity Project Manager(Consultancy contract) UIS


Parent Sector : UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Duty Station: Canada

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 02/12/2020


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

Request to submit a written proposal for a work assignment with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) for 10 months starting January 2021. 



The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) plays a critical role in the Education 2030 Agenda by producing cross-nationally-comparable education indicators and working with partners to develop new indicators, methodologies, statistical approaches and monitoring tools to better assess progress towards the international education targets. It is the designated lead agency for producing the indicators needed to track global progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), while sharing responsibility for some targets with other agencies.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching impacts on all areas of life. Concerning education, the ambitious goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda are threatened by nationwide and localised school closures around the world , and the short and long-term economic impacts of the emergency, which are exacerbating learning inequities, in particular for the most marginalized populations. In response to the pandemic, governments around the world, often in coalition with international donor organisations, are putting measures in place to mitigate the impact of school closures, and to facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning. 

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in partnership with UNICEF and World Bank have secured GPE funding for an education response to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on learner progress. The Consortium will complement national education response operations in 67 GPE partner countries that are eligible for Education Sector Program Implementation Grants (EPSIGs), by focusing on global and regional activities that both support continued learning during the crisis and lay the foundation to mitigate the long-term impact and back to school preparedness.

Robust data and evidence are key to evaluate and understand the variety of education responses to Covid-19 in different contexts and to make recommendations for building more resilient education systems. The proposed study on the impact on learning is complemented by the studies on the impact on equity and educational financing.

To investigate the impact of COVID-19 on children’s and young people’s learning, the UIS will lead a study in six initial countries proposed. The study aims to provide a valid and reliable assessment to collect evidence on learning in order to evaluate the effectiveness of measures taken to support learning during school closures, and to develop the capacity of countries to monitor learning after the crisis.

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Main responsibilities and tasks
Under the supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the incumbent will support UIS main-line activities in the field as well as support country level activities/initiatives by acting as a resource person on statistics.

  • Coordinate the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant data in the 6 countries through the work and definition of responsibilities of the implementing partners an overall management of the project 
  • Oversee project execution; oversee the preparation of technical and financial reports according to reporting schedule.
  • Ensure liaison, communication, and cooperation with countries with focus on project delivery
  • Keep continuous communication with the countries in the project in order to monitor the progress of ongoing activities aimed at improving education statistics.
  • Support project management of COVID-related work for the GPE funded project – The incumbent will support the overall management and coordination of this project and other related project, EAA
  • Support fundraising efforts and business development for the Bank of Items – Support to develop ideas and materials to expand the Bank of items.
  • Support writing grant reports – The incumbent will support developing grant reports to ensure timely reporting. 
  • Support communication and dissemination of data related to the project by writing blogs, producing short summary documents and other communication related activities. 
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  • Work plan based on initial discussions of sequencing and prioritization of tasks.
  • Monthly reports with the execution of the project and the issues. 
  • Prepare workshops in coordination with technical partners and countries, prepare minutes and ensure smooth coordination.
  • Liaise and coordinate work with the technical partners and countries’ grantees included and reports are meeting donors’ expectation.
  • Help to review the UIS report to Donors based on this work.
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COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (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 with a specialization in education. 

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 4 years of work experience in project management is required at the national level in a Government Ministry, of which preferably 2 years involve a UN or international agency working with developing countries with focus on learning assessments
  • Experience in leading and supporting the development of methodology and communication across multiple partners and stakeholders; and strong experience in reviewing technical frameworks.
  • Advanced degree in social sciences, including international development, or related domains. 
  • Proven experience in the field of international development, and education


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English or French. Good Knowledge of the other language is an asset

Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now”, then download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information (As a part of the Technical Proposal) in English( * Upon completing the Word file with all the requested information above, upload the file at the “My Employment History Form / My Documents” section of the online application form. Only applications with the above requested information will be considered).

I. A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment.

II. A Technical Written proposal consisting of:

  • A description of your proposed approach and methodology for undertaking the assignment.
  • A work plan with detailed milestones and key deliverables/activities as per the terms of reference.
  • Comments on the Terms of Reference, if any (in brief).
  • An up to date curriculum vitae (CV), and a statement indicating how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the assignment.
  • The amount to be charged for the assignment per month. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.

III. Please design your payment scheme against clear and specific set of deliverables and milestones as reflected in your work plan.

  • Please indicate your proposed Monthly rate (without travel cost)
  • In case of Travel required, indicate estimated cost for travel cost* (round airplane ticket ATK–on economy class only) indicating travelling from, to and cost. (*Daily substance allowance (DSA) and terminal fair will be according to UNESCO rates applicable to the destination country. DSA will be calculated based on the effective number of travel nights spent away from the duty station if required).

IV. Please provide a list of work assignments and THREE (03) contacts as references as part of the submission.

V. The proposal must be in English.


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.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organization best value for money.

Please note that written proposals constitute integral part of the application; failure to produce a written proposal will result in an incomplete application which will not be taken into consideration.


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