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Programme Coordinator


Post Number : ED 221

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

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) : 11-DEC-2021


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




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Education (ADG/ED), guidance from the Chief of the Executive Office of the Education Sector (ED/EO), and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Unit for Strategic Planning, Monitoring, Institute and Field Coordination (ED/EO/SPM), the Programme Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Education Sector’s contribution to the governing bodies, and will assume coordination responsibilities for the Programme Management Cycle and for category 1 institutes  and category 2 centres. The Programme Coordinator will be expected to perform the following essential duties:

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  • Coordinate and quality assure the overall contribution of the Education Sector to the Executive Board and General Conference, ensure follow-up on decisions and resolutions and prepare materials to support senior management including briefs, presentations and reports.
  • Contribute to the Education Sector’s Programme Management cycle in coordinating and quality assuring the preparation of statutory documents (C/4 and C/5), workplans and key reporting documents.
  • Liaise with education-related category 1 institutes to foster programmatic synergies in line with the Education Sector’s strategy and provide support in corporate issues.
  • Monitor, coordinate and guide the establishment, renewal and reporting of category 2 centres.
  • Provide guidance and backstopping on the above to colleagues at Headquarters, Field and Institutes, anticipate key issues and identify creative and practical solutions, in collaboration with Central services and other Programme Sectors where appropriate. 

Long Description

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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’s or equivalent) in education, public policies, international studies, social sciences, or closely related field(s). 

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in coordination of large programmes in the field of education, of which preferably 2 years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of programmes in an international organization. 

Skills and Competencies 

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritize and manage multiple and complex tasks within tight deadlines, and to deliver time-sensitive quality work.
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills, and proven ability to work with diverse teams, partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to critically review and synthesize information.
  • Ability to communicate findings and recommendations on issues clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of key education issues.
  • Excellent drafting skills.


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



Work Experience

  • Experience in preparing and supporting governing bodies’ meetings.
  • Experience in streamlining organizational processes.


Skills and competencies 

  • Knowledge of the work and general functioning of UN organizations. 
  • Knowledge of international partners of the global education architecture.
  • Familiarity with planning and monitoring tools.



  • Good knowledge of any other UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and/or Spanish).


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 full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.

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