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Senior Project Officer, Early Childhood Education (ECE)


Post Number : 1CHEDPA010IB

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Geneva

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-NOV-2021


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


Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.




As a specialized Category 1 Institute, the IBE is an integral part of UNESCO and enjoys considerable autonomy. It is the International Centre of Excellence in Curriculum and Learning and is valued for its specialist knowledge, expertise and networks, and for providing curriculum support services that include up-to-date, evidence-based information and technical assistance to UNESCO Member States. The IBE offers strategic advice, technical assistance tailored to specific country needs, short and long-term capacity-building opportunities, and provides access to cutting edge knowledge in the field of curriculum and learning.  


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), the direct supervision of the Director of the IBE, the incumbent will be in charge of the implementation of Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum related activities. He / She will:

Long Description

  • Provide intellectual guidance on Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum elaboration, planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Analyse major trends, issues strategies on ECE content from an international comparative perspective and its implication for strengthening education quality.
  • Provide intellectual guidance and lead the production of tools to strengthen the capacities of national institutions for ECE curriculum improvement.
  • Provide technical guidance on health and nutrition curriculum issues for ECE.
  • Contribute actively to resource mobilization through specific project proposals, advocacy and other actions to implement initiatives on curriculum renewal, design and development.
  • Contribute in the cooperation with the HQ, in the development of the Global Strategic Partnership (GSP) on Early Childhood.
  • Assure the implementation of ECE related issues.
  • Produce evidence-base arguments and provide policy advice to Member States in ECE curriculum related work.
  • Assist in any other IBE activity when required and contribute effectively to the broader scope of the IBE work.



Externally, he/she will work closely with UNESCO HQ, Institutes and Field Offices in curriculum related initiatives focusing on early reading, as well as with external agencies, consultants and colleagues in other UN organizations.

Long Description

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)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in education, in one of the following domains : Comparative Education, Curriculum or Learning or Pedagogy or ECE.  


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in education development, of which preferably 3 years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in conducting research and impacting practice on ECE from an international comparative perspective.
  • Experience in supporting countries in implementing curriculum renewal, design and development processes with a focus on ECE.

Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent knowledge and technical expertise in ECE curriculum related issues and education policy reforms.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to coordinate complex projects.
  • Ability to build, maintain and enhance working relations with national/local authorities, cultural institutions and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide guidance and to manage with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Strong IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).



  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) and good knowledge of French.



Work Experience

  • Experience in working with UN partners, including UNESCO National Commissions, Ministries of Education, UN agencies, inter-governmental organizations, development banks, teacher education and higher education institutions, and civil society organisations on similar teacher education reform projects.


Skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s education conventions and global priorities and UN administrative procedures.



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish) .


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.

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.


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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.