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Programme Coordinator for Education (Syria) - Extended


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Damascus

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Job Family: Field Operations Coordination

Type of contract : Non Staff

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Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-JAN-2022


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



UNESCO is a United Nations Specialized Agency with mandate in Education, Culture, the Sciences and Communication and Information. Established in 1961, the UNESCO Office in Beirut (hereafter referred to as UNESCO-Beirut) functions as Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States. The mission of the Office is to contribute to sustainable development through UNESCO’s fields of competence.

UNESCO supports the education response in Syria in ongoing humanitarian situations, within the framework of UNESCO’s mandate and workplan, as well as the United Nations frameworks for action in the country. Current programmes include the organization of catch-up programmes, alternative learning programmes, school improvement plans, literacy assessments, and other activities in the field of formal education, aimed at supporting Syrian learners in having their right to education ensured.


Within the framework of UNESCO Programme and Budget and Syria’s education response strategies, the Service Contract Holder shall act as UNESCO Programme Coordinator for Education in Syria under the overall supervision of the Director of UNESCO-Beirut and direct supervision of the relevant Programme Specialist based in Beirut. Concretely, the Programme Coordinator for Education shall undertake the following broad-based tasks:

  • Ensure smooth communication with the Syrian National Commission for UNESCO, government (primarily the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture), United Nations agencies and other partners in order to ensure regular communication and follow up between UNESCO-Beirut and partners and stakeholders;
  • Coordinate implementation, monitoring, and reporting of UNESCO programmes (including drafting concept notes, initial review of documents submitted by partners, collecting data and information for monitoring and reporting, conduct fact-finding field trips, local level communication and coordination with partners, etc.);
  • Provide formal and informal insights on priorities in the field of education in Syria;
  • Participate, as instructed, in UN coordination mechanisms related to Education, such as Education Cluster meetings, and report to UNESCO;
  • Build/strengthen partnerships with key partners across the country in support of UNESCO/UN education response in Syria;
  • Regularly report to the supervisor on work progress and prior to any decision to be taken.
  • Contribute to the smooth organization of UNESCO-Beirut staff missions to Syria;

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

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

  • Good professional knowledge about and direct experience in results-based programme planning and management in sector-wide education development particularly in emergency context.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills.
  • Strong sensitivity and adaptability to cultural, gender, ethnically diverse contexts.
  • Experience and understanding of Syria and Arab region and good understanding of development work in the context of crisis in particular.
  • Strong sense of integrity, strong sense of responsibility, tact and discretion.
  • Excellent organizational, networking, partnership building and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in team work.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Excellent professional IT skills.


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in education with focus on programme coordination, development and management in Syria.
  • At least 4 years of experience with the United Nations, bilateral cooperation agencies or INGOs.
  • Advanced university degree in education (Master’s or equivalent) or related fields.
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of Arabic and English.


  • Experience related to curriculum, teacher training and development of learning programmes in formal and non-formal education.


  • Medical Insurance & Pension benefits included in gross.
  • Other benefits include 2½ days for each completed month of service for annual leave


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 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”.