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Associate Project Officer (Education for Health and Wellbeing)


Post Number : 6MWED0012PA

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Malawi

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) : 18-JUN-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 performance.



UNESCO’s new strategy, Education for Health and Well-being, provides the overarching framework for concerted action by UNESCO and its partners at global, regional and country levels during 2016-2021. While the strategy reflects UNESCO’s continued commitment to HIV, it also reflects the shift towards situating HIV within the framework of comprehensive sexuality education. Furthermore, UNESCO recognizes that the education sector cannot achieve better health and well-being alone and thus will also support education sector collaboration with other sectors and with the health sector in particular. UNESCO will engage political leaders and the Regional Economic Communities, especially Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to sustain the response and provide a platform for collaboration and accountability. 

Long Description

Under the authority of the Regional Representative and Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor - Education for Health and Wellbeing for Eastern & Southern Africa, the incumbent is responsible for implementation, monitoring and reporting of programs/projects/activities related to UNESCO’s expanded work on Education for Health and Wellbeing in Malawi.  S/he will support the in-country Project Officer in the implementation of the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) Programme for Education for Health and Wellbeing in Malawi and represent the project office on UN Joint programmes and technical working groups at country level. More specifically, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities: 


  • Support the Government of Malawi in the process of renewal and implementation of the ESA Ministerial Commitment on the provision of CSE and ASRH services to young people.
  • Work with the Ministries of Education and Health to support the Government of Malawi’s efforts to scale up comprehensive sexuality education using the revised International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education, developed by UNESCO with UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and UNAIDS.
  • Support UNESCO’s efforts to facilitate delivery of high quality comprehensive sexuality education that is gender transformative, evidence–based, culturally and age appropriate as well as youth‐ friendly SRH services for learners, adolescents and young people (aged 10 ‐ 24) including those who are vulnerable such as YPLHIV and young people with disabilities.
  • Support and implement all activities related to the Early and Unintended Pregnancy campaign including the popularization of the revised Re-admission Policy.
  • Support the Ministry of Education and other line ministries in the development and delivery of comprehensive sexuality education curricula to ensure that they are evidence-based, gender transformative, age appropriate and culturally sensitive.
  • Support the development of a robust teacher education program on comprehensive sexuality education at in‐service and pre‐service level.

Long Description

  • Build capacity of Teachers’ Support Teams, Guidance and Counselling Teachers, and relevant structures within teacher training colleges towards the delivery of high quality CSE in classroom settings.
  • Working in partnership with Joint UN Team on AIDS and other partners, support the delivery of quality and age appropriate sexual reproductive health information and health services for adolescents and young people, including YPLHIV and those with disabilities in supported project sites. 
  • Initiate the development of programs that enhance the Government of Malawi’s education sectors’ ability to protect children against school-related gender based violence (sexual violence & harassment in school settings).
  • Support development of activities to improve community and youth engagement in young people's access to comprehensive sexuality education & services.
  • Support the development of research, monitoring & evaluation around CSE/SRH for young people.
  • Support the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on UNESCO’s work on Education for Health and Wellbeing.

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 (Master's or equivalent) in education, social sciences, public health, or closely related fields. 


Work Experience 

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including CSE, HIV and AIDS programming of which preferably one year should have been acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in training, coordination and/or institutional and human capacity building.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation.

Long Description

Skills and competencies 

  • Strong knowledge of the country context, with a particular focus on education and public health landscape;
  • Excellent organizational skills, tach and discretion.
  • Extensive professional knowledge and experience on HIV and AIDS.
  • High level of technical writing skills on issues related to education and HIV and AIDS.
  • A track record in resource mobilization, ability to manage budgets and report on implementation.
  • Strong capacity in communications.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills.
  • Good computer and other IT skills including excellent skills in MS office. 



  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English.



Work Experience

  • Experience in working with Government, international/national Non-Governmental Organizations and UN Agencies. 


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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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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