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Programme Specialist (Education)


Post Number : 4KHED0001RP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Phnom Penh

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) : 21-AUG-2022


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




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Education (ADG/ED), the functional authority and direct supervision of the Head of Office, as well as in collaboration with the Regional Office for Education and UNESCO Education Institutes based in the region, the incumbent is responsible for programme and project work, advice, research and knowledge management, networking, partnerships and resource mobilization for the Education Programme of UNESCO Cambodia.  The incumbent works within the frameworks of UNESCO’s Medium Term Strategy (C/4s), the approved Programme and Budget (C/5) and global development plans such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular, s/he will carry out the following duties:


1. Programme and Project Work

  • Participate in the conceptualization, design, planning, development, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the Field Office’s Education Strategy and its corresponding regular and extrabudgetary programmes, projects and activities.  
  • Identify focus areas within the Member States' national priorities, and when requested by national authorities, propose alignment of these priorities with UN (Agenda 2030 and UN Sustainable Development Frameworks) and development partners’ approaches and strategies, proposing linkages for UNESCO’s education initiatives at the national, regional and global levels, identifying and proposing inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary collaboration opportunities in close cooperation with others. 
  • Identify and develop both internal and external collaborative project proposals based on needs. Contribute to the inter-disciplinary work in the multi-sectoral team of the Field Office in the region, particularly with regards to the educational dimension of the “2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and UNSDF development.
  • Coordinate and plan work activities in the Field in assigned areas of focus. 
  • Contribute to UNESCO’s involvement in the UN project management systems, identify areas for improved alignment of projects and activities at country and region levels,  including the preparation of Common Country Assessments (CCAs), United Nations Sustainable Development Frameworks (UNSFs) Country Programme Documents (CPDs) and Country Programme Action Plans (CPAPs), in alignment with regional UNESCO goals, national and UN Agencies’ goals. 


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2. Advice and Knowledge Management

  • Contribute to the provision of policy advice and technical assistance to Ministries of Education, to prepare and implement country level co-operation programmes (RP and XB), and implement analytical work.
  • Advise on applicable tools, policies and resources in area of own expertise.


3. Networking and Partnerships

  • Contribute to the mobilization and coordination of national, regional and international partners working on education sector/strategy issues in order to support member states in the region.
  • Coordinate and expand networks, organize regional and national capacity development workshops and promote knowledge sharing through different means.

4. Resources Mobilization

  • Contribute to resource mobilization for the region and individual countries by developing concept notes and project proposals on the basis of situational analysis and needs assessments and in accordance with the C/5. Deal with UN Agencies seeking or marketing joint programmes, bilateral and multilateral partners, continental development Banks (e.g. ADB or others) and International Institutions (WB, EU, GPE).


5. Project, Activities and Team Member Management

  • Carry out project management for assigned projects, including backstopping, technical, financial and human resources management. Supervise project consultants, experts, and other service providers, and follow through on the dissemination of project results.

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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)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced University degree (equivalent to Masters) in education, social sciences or in a related area. 



  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education, of which preferably at least 2 years at the international level.
  • Experience in formulating education related policies and in implementing and monitoring education programmes/projects.


  • Knowledge and understanding of education and socio-economic systems in a developing and Least Development Income Countries context, especially in Asia. 
  • Good knowledge of Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship Education, and Teacher Development.  
  • Excellent coordination, interpersonal and negotiation skills, as well as an ability to network with a range of partners, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to draft high quality, clear, concise documents and reports.
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in a multicultural environment.
  • Good IT skills.


•    Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.




  • Advanced University degree (PhD degree or equivalent) in education, social sciences or related areas. 


  • Experience in providing technical assistance and advice in educational policy, reform and strategic planning.
  • Experience in building partnerships with a broad group of stakeholders, including governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, expert groups, private sector, civil society and NGOs.
  • Experience in resource mobilization and development of project proposals for donors.
  • Experience in resource mobilization, preferably with Global Partnership for Education (GPE).



  • Familiarity with the work and functioning of the UN System, including key mechanisms such as the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), UN Country Team (UNCT) mechanisms, Delivering as One (DAO) and UN Joint Programming and UN inter-agency initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Working knowledge of French.


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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is USD 86,828.

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 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.

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