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INTERNSHIP: Women in Higher Education in Africa


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Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Caracas

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Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-DECEMBER-2022


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



The UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (UNESCO IESALC) together with The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO Office in Harare) are developing a joint project to support the engagement, participation and promotion of females in the higher education sector in the African region. As part of the International Women´s Day 2021 celebrations, UNESCO IESALC launched on 8 March 2021 the report Women in higher education: has the female advantage put an end to gender inequalities? The report analyzed several areas of women participation in HE: research, teaching, STEM, management, etc. The report highlighted gender inequalities in Africa with women underrepresentation in HE.  As a result, a pilot project investigated three selected African countries (Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda) – Supporting women participation in higher education in Eastern Africa: building sustainable and equitable higher education systems in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Following up on the pilot project, UNESCO will now further investigate other countries in the region.



Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO IESALC, and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the intern will contribute to the execution of the Project under the Education Programme and Extra Budgetary projects at UNESCO IESALC. Working as part of the interdisciplinary team at UNESCO IESALC, in collaboration with education stakeholders at different levels, the intern will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Assist in collecting and analyzing data.
  2. Facilitate with case selection and validation of cases.
  3. Contribute to organization of online meetings.
  4. Support the preparation of various project deliverables, such as a written report, a video campaign, design and translation of documents, etc.
  5. Support in advocacy and outreach activities.
  6. Carry out any other duty considered relevant to the fulfilment of the work plan of the project at the request of the Director/Project Coordinator.

Long Description

After completion of the assignment, the intern will have:

1.      Acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Education-sector programme (with a focus on Higher Education and Women issues in Africa) related to UNESCO’s areas of competence.

2.      Learnt how to deal with diverse stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds.

3.      Attained project management; setting particular objectives and develop appropriate mediation, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

4.      Gained solid working knowledge of the operations of and with an intergovernmental organization.

5.      Strengthened his/her analytical, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

Long Description

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


Education: University degree in the field of social sciences, education, and development-related disciplines (e.g. international relations).

Subjects: Fields of Social Sciences, Education, Gender studies and International Development.

Language skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language AND working knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese.


Desired Skills in one of the following areas:

  • Research and data analysis
  • Visual design
  • Video editing
  • Proposal writing

Desired Knowledge on Higher Education of one of the following regions:

•       Africa

•       Latin American and the Caribbean


Start date: October 2022.

Location: Remote – this is a fully teleworking role. Team members are responsible for ensuring they have a reliable high speed internet connection and the necessary technology to undertake the job.


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.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.