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Project Officer (Education) PVE


Post Number : 5IQED0019PA

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Erbil

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : One year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 16-JUL-2020


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



Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Iraq Office and direct supervision of the ED Programme Specialist / Head of Education in Iraq, the incumbent will be based in Erbil and will be responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of the project “Gendered approach to Preventing Violent Extremism in Iraq through Education” funded by the Government of Canada” (hereafter referred to as "the project"). 


The overall objective of the project is to build resilient communities, committed to gender equality, by acting on the drivers of violent extremism – as defined by the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism – through education.


The project expected results will be to:

  • Establish a better understanding of the gendered dimensions of the local drivers of violent extremism (push and pull factors) and the role of education in preventing it.
  • Identification of the main protective factors that support community resilience and gender equality.
  • Support the planning and delivery of an education that contributes to addressing these drivers, that builds learners’ resilience to violent extremist narratives, and that contributes to building more peaceful and tolerant societies in primary and secondary schools, as well as at Iraqi universities.
Long Description

The core activities of the incumbent will be to provide technical oversight, the preparation and implementation of the project including, but not limited to:

1. Managing the implementation of ongoing project activities while ensuring achievement of their expected results by:

  • Preparing detailed work plan, including plans for the procurement of goods and services;
  • Drafting terms of reference for the implementation of project activities and works;
  • Mainstreaming gender equality considerations throughout the project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Participating in the identification and selection of consultants and contractors;
  • Following–up on the implementation of contracts, providing technical input and review, assessing the quality of services provided, and requesting disbursement of funds;
  • Maintaining regular contact with the representatives of relevant government authorities and with representatives of the donor;
  • Providing technical support and mentor national officers in order for them to assist Implementing Partners in every manner to facilitate the project implementation; 
  • Participating in coordination meetings and maintaining relationships with relevant UNESCO services at Headquarters and in the field, UN agencies, and key stakeholders.
Long Description

2. Ensuring the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and the reporting on project activities by:

  • Closely monitoring and evaluating the project activities and suggesting updates of the project log frames with accurate data;
  • Regularly monitoring the financial status of the projects and preparing budget revisions when necessary;
  • Regularly conducting meetings of the project steering and technical committees, preparing minutes of meetings and action plans with clear responsibility and timeframe;
  • Conducting periodic project reviews with government counterparts and other partners, and recording the results of the review meetings in minutes and action plans;
  • Preparing reports on project activities for UNESCO, the donor and partners;
  • Planning and conducting activities to ensure visibility of the donor and UNESCO in coordination with Public Information Officer;
  • Providing content on major achievements for UNESCO's public information services to increase the visibility of UNESCO and the donor.
Long Description

3. Representing UNESCO in meetings, conferences and other education events when required.


4. Carrying out other activities and tasks as requested by his/her supervisor or the Office Director, particularly in regard to contributing to the planning and implementation of other projects concerning education in general as well as education for the prevention of violent extremism in Iraq.

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 (Master or equivalent) in education, psychology, international public law or any other related field.


Work Experience

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in education and specifically in work related to the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) through education of which preferably 2 years acquired at
    international level.


  • Integrity, reliability and sense of commitment in the execution of duties. 
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills. 
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills. 
  • Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment. 
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships. 
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work. 
  • Strong IT skills including good knowledge of standard office software. 
  • Sensitivity to the local context.



  • Excellent knowledge of English language (both written and spoken).


Work Experience

  • Relevant work experience in the Arab Region.



  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s mission and action in the position’s field.



  • Basic knowledge of Arabic is desirable.



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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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