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Consultant- Education


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Harare

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Standard Duration of Assignement : [[filter13]]

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-JUL-2022


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



Under the overall authority of the Director of the Regional Office for Southern Africa and the direct supervision of the Head of Education, the incumbent will support the Education Unit and be responsible for the design, coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting  on specific programmes and projects for the Southern Africa Region. The incumbent’s activities will  support the education team in the implementation of programmes in the area of Technical and Vocation Education and training (TVET), including the development strengthening and monitoring of  national TVET policies, Higher education and teacher development. In particular, the consultant should: 



Support the Education unit with the implementation and development of programmes on capacity development, policy development and standard for teachers.

•    Identify and develop proposals for regional projects  and the mobilization of funds in the priority areas identified in the UNESCO-SADC Joint Programme of Action and in particular in the area of  TVET, Higher Education and teacher development.
•    Assist in the development of a national TVET policy in Zimbabwe in coordination with ILO and the Ministry  of Primary and Secondary Education. 
•    Follow up on outcomes of the SADC Ministerial meeting and coordinate the organisation of  a regional TVET meeting to disseminate  the new UNESCO-SADC TVET strategy.
•    Provide support to  the Zambia OpenEMIS training to be concluded in June 2022. 
•    Support the follow up activities for CONFINTEA VII at the regional level as well as the identification of regional and national activities. 
•    Assist in the  implementation and development of  follow up activities from the World Conference on Higher Education, held in May, 2022.
•    Support the development of strategic partnerships to reinforce the regular programme support to Member States and promote and strengthen partnerships and networking, as well as research and capacity-building, in the area of TVET, HED and teacher.
•    Support the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education with capacity building for research under the TEACH programme.
•    Contribute to the general tasks of the Unit. This includes drafting briefing notes and other communication materials, as well as supporting the administration of extrabudgetary projects.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (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 (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Education.



•    Minimum 7 years of relevant experience at international and national level in the field of education.
•    Proven experience in development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects related to TVET, Higher Education  or teachers.     


Technical knowledge 
•    Demonstrated capacity and experience in providing high quality education sector policy advice and technical assistance to member states and regional groupings of countries (SADC).
•    Demonstrated expertise and experience in at least two of the following areas: TVET, Higher Education, Teachers, and ICT in Education. 
•    Good knowledge of UNESCO’s work in the field, and familiarity with Education Sector programmes.


Functional / job related competencies / skills
•    Proven ability to communicate, advocate, and negotiate with senior government official, staff and stakeholders at all levels within and outside the Organization.
•    Demonstrated project development and resource mobilization skills
•    Excellent writing skills


•    Excellent/very good knowledge of English (written and spoken) and good knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an asset.


Applications to be submitted through Success Factor application portal and attachments/documents i.e cover letter, CV,  to be submitted to


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.

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