National Professional Officer (Education)


Post Number : 3SVED 0001PA

Grade : NO-C

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: El Salvador

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 29-FEB-2024


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


Applicants must be Nationals of El Salvador.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant-Director General for Education (ADG/ED), the authority of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Central America, Mexico and Colombia (Representation for Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama) and of the direct supervision of the Education Specialist, the incumbent will contribute to lead the participation of UNESCO in an education project on violence prevention in El Salvador through contributing to the technical and financial coordination and implementation of one of its components related to furthering innovative pedagogies, and the strengthening of schools governance and of students´ wellbeing, leadership and participation.


Within the coordination of the project, the incumbent will:


  • Ensure the technical and financial implementation and execution of activities, as previewed in project document, ensuring effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, relevance, pertinence and the mainstreaming of gender equity, human-rights, sustainability and diversity perspectives and approaches in education and in inter-sectoral activities.
  • Provide the highest quality feedback to outputs produced within the component.
  • Participate in technical and institutional meetings and provide quality feedback to processes, suggesting adjustments when needed.
  • Prepare, in a timely manner, concise and high-quality documents and reports.
  • Build, maintain, and enhance working relationships with national/local authorities, research institutions, academia, relevant non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, civil society, UN System (other UN Organizations and Resident Coordinator Office), donors, cooperation agencies and other key stakeholders.  


The incumbent will work as part of the inter-disciplinary team in the UNESCO San Jose Office within the Education sector and the others sectors (Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information), and in line with technical guidance from Education Programme Divisions at UNESCO Headquarters and the region. As part of the project implementation, the project officer will also ensure synergies with on -going education and inter-sectoral work of UNESCO in El Salvador, and will closely coordinate with United Nations System Coordination in El Salvador, considering the contributions of the project to be implemented to the main activities, outputs and outcomes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (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.


•    Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, social sciences or in another related field. 


Work Experience
•    Minimum 4 (four) years of relevant work experience in the field of education in El Salvador.
•    Minimum 4 (four) years of experience in designing, coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects in El Salvador in the aforementioned thematic areas, preferably at, or in coordination with governmental institutions.
•    Experience in the development, reviewing and/or strengthening of education policies, programmes or initiatives, in particular in one or more of the following fields: teacher professional development, curriculum development, education planning and monitoring, education finance, inclusive and equitable education, gender equity, and related fields.
•    Experience in coordinating inter-institutional platforms/ or programmes specially with governmental bodies. 
•    Experience in creating and managing partnerships, advocacy and resource mobilization.

Skills and competencies 
•    Excellent knowledge of project implementation and monitoring skills.
•    Excellent knowledge of the Salvadorian education landscape and relevant education issues.
•    Very good knowledge of national experiences implementing civic, citizenship and peace education programmes.
•    Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to draft and concisely, paying close attention to quality of work and details.
•    Excellent ability to build, maintain, and enhance working relationships with national/local authorities, research institutions, academia, relevant non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, civil society, UN System (other UN Organizations and Resident Coordinator Office), donors, cooperation agencies and other key stakeholders. 
•    Very good ability to review and provide feedback to technical documents in relevant fields.
•    Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, discretion and maturity of judgement 
•    Very good IT sills including good knowledge of standard office software.


•    Excellent knowledge written and spoken of Spanish and very good knowledge of English. 



•    Advanced university degree (PHD or equivalent) in the field of education, lifelong learning, social sciences, or related fields.

Work experience

•    Experience in the development (design and delivery) of continuous and initial teacher education initiatives.
•    Experience in the development of initiatives related to peace education, human rights education, civic and citizenship education, or related fields.
•    Experience in promoting students´ participation in formal school instances and in relationship with the surrounding communities. 
•    Experience in the implementation of school-based projects using the whole institutional approach.
•    Experience in strengthening school governance bodies.
•    Experience within the UN System or similar international organizations in the field of Education at country/regional levels.


•    Ability to take initiative, stablish priorities, coordinate and monitor own work plan.
•    Results oriented approach to complete assign tasks.
•    Ability to work efficiently under pressure and in a multitasking manner, respecting tight deadlines and delivering on the standards required.


•    Knowledge of other official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French, and Russian)


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.

The approximated annual salary is USD 42, 937.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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.