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National Data and Quantitative Research Policy Officer


Grade : Level 4 (Equivalent to NOB)

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: New Delhi

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Service contract

Duration of contract : 1 year Renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 06-Oct-2022


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

Only nationals of India are eligible to apply.

Duration of contract:  One (1) year, with the possibility of an extension subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.


The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is an integral part of UNESCO, and the organization’s Category 1 institute focusing on education for peace and sustainable development. Promoting peace and sustainable development through education is one of UNESCO’s core missions and is now enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 4.7 as one of the goals which nations around the globe aspire to achieve.


In keeping with its mandate to mainstream social and emotional learning (SEL) in education systems, MGIEP recognizes the need to build a strong science-policy nexus, informed by strong and rigorous empirical research from statistical modelling and quantitative analysis to strengthen the evidence to support policy. In this context, learner analytics has emerged as an exciting new area of research and practice that uses statistical computational analysis of learning data to better understand and improve learning. MGIEP seeks to harness such learner learning data and evidence to inform education policymaking and implementation. For this purpose, MGIEP seeks to identify a professional, technically qualified officer with training in statistical analysis and research design to support the development of such empirical research.

Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Director and direct supervision of the head of the Policy and Advocacy Section, the incumbent will serve as the National Data and Quantitative Research Policy Officer with the following responsibilities:


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Review existing methods of learner learning data analysis and statistical models to develop a solid understanding of existing mathematical\statistical and computational research methods.
  • Develop creative ways to harness existing well-being data collected across member states to gain a better understanding of the relationship between learning and student well-being.
  • Develop models based on insights of existing data to design appropriate research interventions to study the effect of SEL on student well-being and flourishing.
  • Provide statistical and quantitative expertise to other relevant areas of education policy.

Position Related Skills and competencies

  • Commitment to the Organization's mandate, vision, strategic direction, and priorities
  • Integrity, reliability, and a sense of commitment in the execution of duties.
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage heavy workloads, and meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a team and multi-cultural environment.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Responsible, Proactive, and a self-starter
  • Support institute-wide activities as they arise.

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.



  • Ph.D. degree in statistical analysis, education design modelling, cognitive science, mathematical modeling, econometrics, or other relevant quantitative fields.
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical tools (e.g. R or Stata).

Work Experience

  • 2-4 years of relevant experience in conducting independent research, literature review,     learner analytics, in collaboration with researchers and experts, and working in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • At least two publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in research design and data analysis
  • Experience oral and written communication of scientific results
  • Experience in drafting/preparing policy documents



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English


Education Qualification:

A multidisciplinary background in social sciences can be advantage (e.g. combining economics, sociology, education, demography, public policy)



Professional experience within an international environment or in the UN system



Working knowledge of another UNESCO language (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish).


The monthly salary of INR 152593, inclusive of 15% social security (Negotiable).




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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