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Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)


Post Number : 4INED0001GI

Grade : D-1

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: New Delhi

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 4-APR-2020


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



UNESCO, as the lead agency for Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Inclusive Quality Education is currently seeking a pro-active, visionary Director for the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). The right candidate will be a seasoned leader, able to foster trust through an inclusive approach, and inspire others.

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is a UNESCO specialized education institute. The Institute aims to promote the development of regional, subregional and national institutional capacities in education for peace and sustainable development, and to meet the related research and capacity-building needs of developing countries and countries in transition, with special focus on the Asia and the Pacific region.


Long Description

Guided by the Institute’s Governing Board, and under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Education, the Director of MGIEP is responsible for the leadership of the Institute as well as for planning, implementing and reporting on its Programme and Budget. S/he will prepare the Institute’s annual Draft Programme and Budget for submission to the Governing Board and, upon approval, draw up a detailed plan of activities, direct their implementation, and report on progress and results, as well as effectively motivate and inspire staff of the institute. Specifically, the incumbent shall:

  • Provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership for the Institute in the pursuit of its main goals;
  • Develop strategies and activities to strengthen cooperation in the area of education for peace, education for sustainable development (ESD), and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and facilitate the Institute’s contribution to the discourse on the futures of education;
  • Manage and design operational mechanisms and/or action plans, required to support and ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the Institute’s operations, as well as the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes of the Institute;
Long Description
  • Maintain close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, with national authorities, United Nations agencies, development banks, bilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and other partners, for effective implementation of MGIEP’s programmes;
  • Ensure close cooperation with UNESCO's Education Sector and other Sectors, field offices, UNESCO’s specialized Institutes, and services and units concerned;
  • Mobilize, manage and coordinate resources for the Institute’s programmes;
  • Maintain and manage a motivated and effective staff.


For further information on the specific above-mentioned programmes, candidates may consult our website: https://en.unesco.org/, and/or the following documents: 37 C/4 (UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy, 2014–2021) and 39 C/5 (UNESCO’s Approved Programme and Budget for 2018–2019).

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (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 and related social sciences fields.


Work Experience


  • Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of education at national and international level.
  • Experience in administering and developing research and training programmes in fields related to education for peace and sustainable development (ESD).
  • Experience in strategic planning, change management and leading teams.
  • Experience in resource mobilization and partnership development.
Long Description

Skills and Competencies 

  • Commitment to the Institute’s mandate, vision and strategic direction.
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills, sound analytical capacities, high sense of objectivity, professional integrity and political astuteness.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes, manage financial resources and exercise appropriate supervision and control.
  • Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, as well as in implementing them effectively, and devising implementation, monitoring and evaluation strategies.
  • Ability to lead change initiatives and change processes at the management level, and familiarity with the leadership of an institution accountable to governing bodies.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners, as well as demonstrated partnership development and ability to mobilize resources in an entrepreneurial spirit, and in support of institutional development.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to provide intellectual leadership and motivate teams in a multicultural environment, as well as ensure training and development of staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, with strong representational abilities.




  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.




  • A PhD in education or other related social sciences fields.
  • Other degrees or short to medium-term training in disciplines relevant to the post.


Work Experience


  • Experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation and development.
  • Experience working in an agile environment.
  • Strong global professional network. 


Skills and Competencies


  • Broad general culture and good geopolitical knowledge of the Asia pacific region.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding of UNESCO’s strategic direction and familiarity of UNESCO’s operations.
  • Knowledge of agile working methodology.




  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


Research and Publications


  • Undertaken research programmes.
  • Publications in the field of development, education and related social sciences (H-Index 10+)

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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website and UNESCO's career website.

This is a Fixed Term appointment of an initial two (2) years with a Maximum Term of six (6) years.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.



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UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution (last update) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.