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Field Assistant (ED) - BAG-20-ED-0003 (Thi Qar) Contract through third Party


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Thi Qar

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : G-4

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 27-FEB-2020

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


In 2017, UNESCO and the European Union signed the project “Access to inclusive quality primary and secondary education for IDPs and refugees in crisis-affected areas in Iraq”. The overall goal of the project is to provide 100,000 school age children with access to quality education and support 50% of beneficiaries in promotion to the next level of education in six governorates of Iraq. 


Direct supervisor of the third party contractor:
Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq/UNESCO Representative to Iraq, the overall supervision of Senior Project Officer in Education based in Baghdad, under the direct supervision of Associate Project Officer who is responsible for Thi Qar and based in Baghdad and in collaboration with other staff for the project of Educate A Child Initiative - Improving access to quality and inclusive education with gender equality for out-of-school children in Iraq-,  the incumbent will be responsible for monitoring of project activities, supporting the implementing partners and coordinating with the relevant government authorities in order to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.
The incumbent will be primarily based in and monitoring the project activities in Thi Qar with possible missions to Babil and/or Baghdad.


Brief description of the project:
The project “Improving access to quality and inclusive education with gender equality for out-of-school children (OOSC) in Iraq”, funded by Education Above All Foundation, aims at increasing access to quality primary education for OOSC, IDPs and returnees in six governorates (Baghdad, Erbil, Babil, Thi Qar, Nineveh and Salah Al Din) in Iraq benefiting 150,000 school age children. 


Core activities:
The incumbent will be based in Thi Qar and will be responsible for monitoring of project activities, supporting the implementing partners and coordinating with the relevant government authorities mainly in Thi Qar and supporting other two governorates in the central and south area (Baghdad and  Babil), when needed. S/he will also assist in the planning and implementation of other UNESCO education projects in Iraq, if necessary.


The incumbent's role is to undertake the following tasks:

Long Description

1. Establishing and maintaining good relationships within the organization as well as with partners and other stakeholders such as officials of the relevant Directorate of Education and community members in the respective governorate in order to collect information, monitor project activities and implement administrative requirements as per the guidance from the direct supervisor.

2. Conducting daily visits to project activities to monitor progress and evaluate results and impact, and providing appropriate administrative follow-up actions to ensure the quality and quantity of the implemented work as per the plans and contracts. Also providing the relevant stakeholders with technical support on preparing Bill of quantities (BoQs), development, implementation and progress tracking of the project work plan.

Long Description

3.  Assisting in administrative and programmatic tasks as required such as preparation of reports and arrangement of meetings for UNESCO staff or other relevant guests and accompanying them during the missions. Also, collecting data and other information relevant to UNESCO and report to the supervisor accordingly.

4.  Representing UNESCO in meetings and clusters as per request and instruction from the direct supervisor.

5.    Coordinating with implementation partner(s) in the respective governorate to ensure good delivery of interventions such as training, events, campaigns, distributions of school kits, etc., and assisting them in the reception, registration/enrolment and provision of assistance to persons of concern in the project.

Long Description

6.    Facilitating the payment procedures on the ground along with the Project Assistant and the Associate Project Officer based in Baghdad by supporting the implementation partner(s), when needed.

7.    Reporting on a bi-weekly basis to the direct supervisor in writing to brief all the interventions and activities conducted by partners and contractors

8.    Conducting any other tasks required by the supervisors for the work of project, team and the unit.

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.

1.    Academic qualifications:

    •    Completion of secondary school education / diploma in the field of engineering or any other related field;


2.    Years of relevant work experience:

    •    Minimum 4 years of relevant experience in civil engineer, education, or capacity building;


3.    Language requirement:

•    Fluency in English and Arabic languages both in oral and written.


4.    Competencies:

•    Proficiency in computer office applications, including internet navigation and various office applications;
•    Good interpersonal, facilitation and communication skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
•    Good knowledge of project planning and management tools;
•    integrity and drive for results;
•    Ability to adapt to dynamic environments and to work effectively in a multicultural/multinational environment;
•    Good judgment and decision-making skills;
•    Ability to work independently and in a team;
•    Ability to meet deadlines and be punctual at work;
•    Commitment to UN values of non-discrimination on the basis of race, gender, economic status, or religion.


5.    Desirable qualifications :

•    University degree in in the field of engineering or any other related field would be an asset.

Work Experience
•    Experience in project support and management would be an asset.


The initial contract will be for a probationary period of 3 months renewable subject to satisfactory service; and contingent on the availability of funding.




Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


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