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Programme Specialist (Education)


Post Number : ED 647

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-MAY-2021 (EXTENDED)


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

Deadline extended due to IT maintenance




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, and direct supervision from the Director of the Future of Learning and Innovation Team, the incumbent is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reporting on research and foresight projects and programmes, with an emphasis on innovative educational approaches. The incumbent will be expected to perform the following essential duties:


  • Implement, monitor, evaluate and report on projects and programs, assuming one or more thematic and/or focal responsibilities, including the development of knowledge products, such as statistical analyses, the Education Research and Foresight (ERF)ERF Working Papers series, global/regional studies, and other reports, as well as the monitoring of emerging issues and innovations in education.  
  • Contribute to, and provide strategic guidance on UNESCO activities related to the Futures of Education initiative, and coordinate engagement of Member States and partners in this area.
  • Provide guidance and monitor the work of regional and field offices in the domain of research and foresight, and offer technical support, including capacity development resources, to field staff.
  • Maintain and develop collaboration within the UNESCO Education Sector with other programme Sectors, Regional Bureaus and Education Category I Institutes on the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization by playing an active role in funding and project proposal developments, submissions and follow-up.
  • Ensure the preparation of extra-budgetary projects progress reports, including the submission of essential information to concerned parties to support the timely finalization of accurate financial reports. 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Accountability (C)
Professionalism (C)
Teamwork (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in education, social sciences, economics, international development, public policy or closely related areas.


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in international development, education policies, of which preferably 2 years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in international education research and/or statistical analysis.
  • Experience in the management of international education programmes. 


Skills and competencies

  • Recognised ability in statistical analysis related to education.
  • Proven ability to draft high quality, clear, concise analyses and reports.
  • Demonstrated fund raising and resource mobilisation skills.
  • Excellent management, coordination, interpersonal and negotiation skills, as well as an ability to network with a range of partners, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent IT skills.      



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



Work Experience

  • Proven experience in collecting, analysing data at the international level and developing and disseminating knowledge products.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in management, design and coordination of education programmes and strategies at the international level.


  • Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and, in particular, SDG 4 indicators and monitoring frameworks.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis software.
  • Familiarity with the work and functioning of the UN System, including UNESCO.


  • Good knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and 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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


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.