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National Professional Officer (Education)


Post Number : 3ECED1000RP

Grade : NO-C

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Quito

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Fixed Term Field

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-OCT-2021


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


Only nationals of Ecuador are eligible to apply.



Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General Education (ADG/ED) and functional authority and direct supervision from the Director of Office, the incumbent works in close collaboration with and guidance from Professional Education Specialists in the Regional Bureau for Education or Multisectoral Regional Office and is responsible for programme and project work, advice, research and knowledge management, networking, partnerships and resource mobilization, with an emphasis on the national perspective of their own country, on the Field Office and Education sector work as well as to multisectoral and cross country programmatic activities and initiatives conducted from own Duty Station.

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 Education for Sustainable Development post 2015 plan.  More particularly, the incumbent will: 


Long Description

Programme and Project Work

  • Participate in the conceptualization, design, planning, development, coordination, monitoring and implementation of the Field Office’s Education Strategy and its corresponding programmes, projects and activities.
  • Identify focus areas within national priorities and propose alignment of these priorities with UN (Education for Sustainable Development 2015) and development partners’ approaches and strategies.
  • Develop, plan and implement, as assigned, Field Office research activities on policy topics / issues pertinent to education development in the Duty Station to expand the knowledge base for evidence based policy making.
  • Undertake relevant socio-economic, statistical and analytical work on a wide range of issues related to education policy, planning and education sector management.  Perform national capacity building related activities.
  • Coordinate and plan work activities in the Field in assigned areas of focus.  
  • Monitor regular and extra budgetary funded project, activity and programme implementation and outputs within the Field Office.  
  • Contribute to the evaluation of, and report on, projects and programmes.  
  • Participate in C/5 work plans and policy formulation discussions and other think tank activities.  
  • Contribute to inter-disciplinary work in the Field Office in the region.  
  • Participate in UNDAF/ Delivery as One planning and implementation, as well as in other joint collaboration with development partners and stakeholders, through identifying and / or concretizing joint programming / programme opportunities.


Long Description

Advice and Knowledge Management

  • Contribute to the provision of policy advice and technical assistance to Ministry of Education, to prepare and implement country level co-operation programmes, and implement research and analytical work.
  • Provide advice and technical support and backstopping to other UNESCO Field offices, peers and colleagues.
  • Advise on applicable tools, policies and resources in area of own expertise.  
  • Analyze, evaluate and contribute to the development of Education Sector wide approaches and strategies, in consultation with relevant stakeholders and members of the UN Country teams (UNCT).  
  • Research, recommend and contribute to the development and expansion of a knowledge base.  
  • Enhance information and knowledge management processes for internal and external users of ICT in Education knowledge while ensuring the dissemination and exchange of information by collection, updating, analyzing and making retrievable information on ICT use in education.


Networking and Partnerships

  • Liaise with colleagues within the Sector and in other Sectors, in own and other Field Offices, Headquarters, Category I Institutes in Education and stakeholders to discuss developments and to archive information on Education initiatives, baselines, impact measurements.
  • Contribute to UNESCO’s involvement in the UN project management systems.  Leverage relationships within and across teams at UNESCO while building external partnerships and mobilizing resources with a view to increase the depth and reach of activities.
  • Contribute to the mobilization and coordination of national, regional and international partners working on education sector/strategy issues for the country.
  • Coordinate and expand networks, organize national capacity development workshops and promote knowledge sharing through portals and other means.  
  • Work with stakeholders and public and private partners to support the development and implementation of national education policies, strategies and plans, monitoring and evaluation.

Long Description

Resource Mobilization

  • Prepare and follow up on submissions, coordinate donor meetings, including state of the art peer consultations.
  • Prepare inputs and strive to generate extra budgetary projects and funding.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for the country by developing concept notes and project proposals on the basis of situational analysis and needs assessments and in accordance with the C/5. 
  • Mobilize extra budgetary resources to support sector-wide planning, education policy analysis, education sector assessment and management.


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.
  • Ensure the management of temporary and local staff.
  • Lead/ manage cross group activities as assigned, maximize synergies in the work of the UNESCO Field Office, liaise with other teams to ensure coordination of work across all countries in the region.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (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 (Masters or equivalent) in education, public policies, social sciences or closely related areas. 

Work experience

  • Minimum 4 years of progressively relevant professional experience performing a similar technical and coordination functions in relation to education policies.
  • Experience in using planning, monitoring and evaluation tools in education projects and programmes.
  • Experience in resource mobilisation through negotiation and effective engagement with development partners and donors. 



  • Excellent coordination, interpersonal and negotiating skills and ability to network with a range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams, engage and empower others.
  • Proven ability to draft high quality, clear, concise documents and reports.
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively and persuasively.
  • Excellent knowledge of education and socio-economic systems in of the LAC region.
  • Ability to take accountability for the delivery of agreed results.
  • Excellent ability to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes of oneself and others.
  • Ability to make informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies.    



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Spanish.    





  • Advanced University degree (Ph.D or equivalent) in education,  public policies or related areas.

Work Experience

  • Demonstrated professional experience in management, design and coordination of education and public policies.
  • Experience with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system.



  • 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.


  • Good 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.


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.


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