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Programme Specialist (Education)


Post Number : 4BDED0005RP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Dhaka

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) : 13-FEB-2021


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




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Education (ADG/ED), the functional authority and direct supervision of the Head of Office, as well as in collaboration with the Regional Office for Education and UNESCO Education Institutes based in the region, the incumbent is responsible for programme and project work, advice, research and knowledge management, networking, partnerships and resource mobilization for the Education Programme of UNESCO Dhaka Office.  The incumbent works within the frameworks of UNESCO’s Medium Term Strategy (C/4), the approved Programme and Budget (C/5) and global development plans such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular, s/he will carry out the following duties:


Programme and Project Work:
•    Participate in the conceptualization, design, planning, development, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the UNESCO Dhaka Office’s regular and extra-budgetary programmes, projects and activities.  Identify focus areas within Bangladesh’s national priorities, and when requested by national authorities, propose alignment of these priorities with UN (Agenda 2030 and UN Sustainable Development Frameworks) and development partners’ approaches and strategies, proposing linkages for UNESCO’s education initiatives at the national, regional and global levels, identifying and proposing inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary collaboration opportunities in close cooperation with others;

Long Description

•    Identify and develop both internal and external collaborative project proposals based on needs. Contribute to the inter-disciplinary work within the UNESCO Dhaka Office, as well as with Field Offices, Regional Bureau in the Asia and Pacific region and HQs, particularly with regards to the educational dimension of the “2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). Coordinate and plan work activities in assigned areas of focus, with a focus on education systems strenghtening, and education quality improvement. Contribute both in terms of substantive aspects (assessment, curriculum, pedagog) as well as the promotion of cross cutting values (peace, learning to live together, global citizenship education, gender equality), as a reflection of the priorities of Sustainable Development Goal 4, as a part of the implementation Bangladesh’s SDG 4 Strategic Framework and Bangladesh’s Education Sector Plan (2021 – 2025).
•    Develop, plan and implement, as assigned, Field Office research activities on policy topics / issues pertinent to education development in the region to expand the knowledge base for evidence based policy making, undertake relevant socio-economic, statistical and analytical work on a wide range of issues related to education policy, planning and education sector management.
•    Contribute to UNESCO’s involvement in the UN project management systems, identify areas for improved alignment of projects and activities at country and region levels,  including the preparation of Common Country Assessments (CCAs), UNSDCF and Country Programme Documents (CPDs), in alignment with regional UNESCO goals, national and UN Agencies’ goals. 

Long Description

Advice and Knowledge Management:
•    Contribute to the provision of policy advice and technical assistance to Ministries of Education of Bangladesh, to prepare and implement country level co-operation programmes (RP and XB), and implement analytical work. Advise on applicable tools, policies and resources in area of own expertise;
•    Analyze, evaluate and contribute to the development of Education Sector wide approaches and strategies for Bangladesh in consultation with relevant stakeholders and members of the UN Country teams and Education Local Consultative Group (ELCG). Analyze UNESCO priorities like Education 2030 (Education for Sustainable Development) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) with a view to proposing enhanced concepts, content and design. Conduct assigned research in support of policy review, prepare background documents and reports of conclusions and recommendations.


Networking and Partnerships:
•    Contribute to the mobilization and coordination of national, regional and international partners working on education sector/strategy issues for support of education development in Bangladesh. Coordinate and expand networks, organize national capacity development workshops and promote knowledge sharing through different means.

•    Leverage relationships within and across teams at UNESCO while building external partnerships and mobilizing resources with a view to increase the depth and reach of activities. Identify opportunities or areas for increased collaboration on education initiatives and strategies within UNESCO goals. Design and implement, as assigned, regional research, partnership and networking. Contribute to the coordination of UNESCO’s advocacy efforts in the region for education for assigned areas such as sustainable development (GAP on ESD) peace, human rights, and global citizenship. Advocate approaches and interventions of proven effectiveness.


Resources Mobilization:
•    Contribute to resource mobilization for Bangladesh by developing concept notes and project proposals on the basis of situational analysis and needs assessments and in accordance with the C/5. Deal with UN Agencies seeking or marketing joint programmes, bilateral and multilateral partners, continental development Banks (e.g. ADB and WB) and International Development Partners (UNICEF, EU, ECW and GPE).


Project, Activities and Team Member Management:
•    Carry out project management for assigned projects, including backstopping, technical, financial and human resources management. Supervise project consultants, experts, and other service providers, and follow through on the dissemination of project results.

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 (equivalent to Masters) in education, social sciences or in a related area. 


•    A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education, of which preferably 2 years at the international level.
•    Proven experience in formulating education related policies and in implementing and monitoring education programmes/projects.

Long Description

•    Knowledge and understanding of education and socio-economic systems in a developing and Least Development Income Countries context, especially in Asia. 
•    Good knowledge of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education.  
•     Excellent coordination, interpersonal and negotiation skills, as well as an ability to network with a range of partners, donors and other stakeholders.
•     Proven ability to draft high quality, clear, concise documents and reports.
•     Excellent presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in a multicultural environment.
•     Good IT skills.


•    Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.



•    Advanced University degree (PhD degree or equivalent) in education, social sciences or related areas. 

•    Proven experience in providing technical assistance and advice in educational policy, reform and strategic planning.
•    Experience in building partnerships with a broad group of stakeholders, including governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, expert groups, private sector, civil society and NGOs.
•    Experience in resource mobilization and development of project proposals for donors.


•    Familiarity with the work and functioning of the UN System, including key mechanisms such as the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), UN Country Team (UNCT) mechanisms, Delivering as One (DAO) and UN Joint Programming and UN inter-agency initiatives.
•    Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

•     Working knowledge of French.


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.


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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. 


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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.


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