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Associate Project Officer


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Level : P-1

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 24-AUG-2020


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



(Contract with possibility of extension subject to availibility of funds and performance)


Background :

As part of its programs for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), UNESCO is advocating for increased support for TVET in Member States, particularly those in Africa. Since 2011, UNESCO, with the support of the Republic of Korea, has been implementing the Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project. The project has been implemented over five years (2011 – 2016) with financial support by the Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK). The project has supported five SADC countries (Botswana, DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia) to improve their TVET systems.

Joint efforts between UNESCO and the Government of the RoK are now expanded through the implementation of BEAR II project to support five new beneficiary countries in eastern Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda. The project supports these countries in their efforts to reform and develop their TVET systems, while benefitting from the knowledge and experience gained from BEAR I. Expanding the project to the Eastern Africa region is also contributing to addressing major challenges including:

  • Relevance of TVET programs to industry and the labour market;
  • Quality of TVET;
  • Perception of TVET;


Duties and requirements:

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, overall guidance of the Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems (ED/PLS), the immediate supervision of the Chief of Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development (ED/PLS/YLS), the incumbent under supervision will act as the focal point for the overall coordination and technical backstopping of BEAR II project at Headquarters. Specifically, s/he will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

Long Description

1.Coordination and monitoring of BEAR II

  • Support the Section in coordinating the implementation of the BEAR II  project in cooperation with Regional and Field Offices which make five (5) member states and implementing partners;
  • Based on the programme framework, collaborate closely with Project-coordinators in beneficiary countries in preparing and updating country programmes documents and work plans for all five participating countries;
  • Ensure that Field Offices revise/update their respective work plans on a regular basis, in line with the overall Programme results framework, priorities and strategic approaches;
  • Provide necessary technical backstopping support to BEAR II related activities and programmes in close collaboration with concerned UNESCO Field Offices;
  • Participate in monitoring BEAR II project implementation and contribute to reporting activities;
  • Conduct reviews and analysis of lessons learned and achievements of BEAR II project activities implementation;
  • Conduct missions to BEAR II beneficiary countries and participate in international conferences and workshops as required.
Long Description

2. Communication, analysis and reporting

  • Prepare or contribute to briefings, reports, articles ans presentations regarding BEAR II;
  • Support communication in collaboration with communication associates and outreach for BEAR II and prepare a wide variety of communication materials (memos, letters, speeches, website texts, leaflets, etc.);
  • Draft documents related to BEAR II project progress and implementation;
  • Prepare consolidated reports on BEAR II against results matrix for management and donor;
  • Provide technical support to the organization of national, sub-regional and regional events (seminars and workshops) as necessary.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Education (curriculum development), social sciences, economics, development studies or related area.


Work experience:

  • Minimun two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the field of TVET (of which preferably 1 year at international level) in coordinating TVET programme cycle, including planning, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience in TVET areas including curricula design and implementation, teacher training and development of public-private partnerships;
  • Experience of capacity development in education and training;
  • Previous experience with UN agencies and understanding of the UN System.


Skills and competencies:

  • Good knowledge of the changing labour market and the world of work in particular in Africa;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong oraganization and coordiantion skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with proven ability to maintain effective working relations within a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, to manage heavy workload and to meet tight deadiles;
  • Good IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet and Outlook).



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

Work experience:

  • Experience working in support to Africa.




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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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. 


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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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