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Call for Application: Education Policy, Planning and Financing Consultant


Grade : Level 4

Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Santiago

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : March 7, 2021


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


Dear Sir/Madam,

You are invited to submit your application to this Call for application using the UNESCO Career site. In addition, you are invited to submit an offer to conduct a Consultancy in education policy, planning and financing in accordance with the following Terms of Reference (TOR). This offer is not to be construed in any way as an offer to contract with you. Your proposal could, however, formpart of a ROSTER , as basis for a contract between you and UNESCO.

Your offer, comprising of technical proposal based in the TOR, and a financial proposal in the case of assigments of more than 6 months of duration, should reach UNESCO Office in Santiago, no later than March 7, 2021, to the following address:
Regional Bureau for Education for Latin America and the Caribbean 
UNESCO Santiago Office 
Enrique del Piano 2058, Providencia, Santiago de Chile 
or by email to:

Please quote in the subject/reference:
Ref: STG/21/ED/EMPU/001 – Consultant in education policy, planning and financing
Closing Date: March 7, 2021
Location: Home-based

Expected Duration of Assignment: From 1-6 month or from 7-11 months, as required.

Alejandro Vera 
Programme Specialist 
Education Monitoring and Planning Unit
Regional Bureau for Education for Latin America and the Caribbean
UNESCO Santiago Office  


UNESCO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for leading the Global Education Agenda 2030 through Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) based in Santiago de Chile is responsible for leading and coordinating the formulation and implementation of the E2030 regional program and is refocusing its strategies and programs to respond to the emerging needs and education trends in the region in support of Member States' efforts to achieve the ambitious goal of providing quality equitable and inclusive education and learning opportunities for all by 2030.

Within the Regional Bureau for Education, the Education Monitoring and Planning Unit represents a key area of ​​work and a functional pillar of the E2030 regional educational program. Its work agenda is related to the products and the impact of interventions in educational policies, planning, financing, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), as well as the provision of high-level advisory services.

The consultant in education policy, planning and financing will be responsible for supporting the Unit in specific projects aimed at strengthening and supporting national and regional capacities for the design of education policy, strategic planning, administration and management of education, financing and resource allocation.

Long Description

Possible responsibilities of the Consultant include:


  • Contribute to the analysis of regional education policies and their changes over time, through documentary review, systematization of experiences, compilation of qualitative information, and monitoring of national planning instruments and regulations.
  • Prepare thematic documents on education policy, planning and financing focused on the systematization of experiences, the identification of good practices and lessons learned, diagnoses and recommendations.
  • Systematize national experiences and monitor planning tools implemented by countries in the education sector.
  • Provide technical assistance to countries and regional organizations in projects and initiatives related to the operational planning of educational policies (documentation, simulation models, education sector plans, financial frameworks for medium-term spending, budgeted action plans, etc.).
  • Monitor and analyze national education financing schemes in the region and their resource allocation mechanisms.
  • Promote the periodic and timely preparation of education financing indicators from government, private, and external sources in LAC countries, as well as their use in educational planning.
  • Promote and provide support to countries in the use of cost estimation tools applied to the education sector.

Long Description

  • Provide technical assistance and advice to countries regarding the efficient and equitable allocation of resources to the education sector.
  • Participate in the preparation of regional reports and policy documents on compliance with the Education 2030 Agenda.
  • Support the development of national analyzes of the education sector.
  • Contribute to the design, content, organization, and execution of activities, resources, and tools for capacity-building related to education planning and financing.


The budget proposal in case of assigment of more than 6 mothsn should include:

•             Honorarium per month, full time and home based

•             Costs associated with the operational and logistic costs.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (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.


  • Education: Advanced university degree (at least master's degree or equivalent) in Education, Economics, Management, Social Sciences, Public Policy or related field. A first-level college degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Work experience: 5 years or more of relevant work experience in Latin American and Caribbean countries, with a focus on the areas of education policy, planning and financing, of which preferably one year acquired internationally
  • Demonstrated ability to manage process of normative systematization, planning instruments and national experiences.
  • Experience in the production and/or analysis of indicators related to the financing of education
  • Clear and effective communication, both written, visual (i.e. graphs / tables) and verbal.
  • High level of initiative and self-management. Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Flexible person focused on identifying possibilities and solutions.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent knowledge of Spanish and English.


  • Proven work experience (as staff or consultant) in educational planning offices of the National Ministries of Education and / or government agencies in charge of relevant aspects of educational planning and financing of education.
  • Experience in United Nations Organizations in the education sector.
  • Experience in the development and/or participation in regional or subregional initiatives related to the products required by this consultancy.


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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