National Consultant-O3 Plus Project


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Windhoek

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-07-2024


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



The position will be responsible for providing direct support in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Our Rights, Our Future, Our Lives (O3) Plus project.  The O3 PLUS project seeks to ensure that young people in higher and tertiary education institutions (HTEIs) in the Eastern and Southern Africa region realize positive health, education, and gender equality outcomes through sustained reductions in new HIV infections, unintended pregnancy, and gender-based violence. The project will thus enable them to reach their full educational potential and contribute more effectively to the development of their countries and regions as graduates, professionals, and young leaders. O3 PLUS program is being implemented at 3 Higher and Tertiary Education Institutions in Namibia with a possibility of scale up when funds become available. The position will be based at UNESCO Windhoek Office and will be directly supervised by the National Programme Officer for  Education for Health and Wellbeing.

Long Description

Job Roles and responsibilities

  • Conduct relevant evidence-based advocacy to garner stakeholder support for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Work with university authorities to institutionalize Life-skills and Health Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) service provision and prevention/response to sexual and gender-based violence for young people in tertiary institutions.
  • Support the capacity building of the Higher and Tertiary Education Institutions (HTEIs) to deliver quality and effective SE through training of health care workers, lecturers, and peer educators/mentoring programs.
  • Facilitate capacity strengthening of campus health facilities to offer a trusted standard package of youth-friendly health services for students, along with sustained referral mechanisms to specialist care and support services as needed.
  • Re-invigorate existing structures to ensure students have access to quality life skills and Health education services through strengthening collaboration between HTEIs, relevant ministries, Civil Society organisations facilitating mobile health services and ‘in-reach’ programs by external service providers
  • Support health facilities to implement the scorecard to routinely assess the quality-of-SRH services at HTEI health facilities and others that offer services to students

Long Description

  • Support operationalization of the whistle blower mechanism to enhance response to sexual and gender-based violence that students may encounter in and around campus.
  • Establish a system of a knowledge-sharing platform, providing an opportunity for institutions to collaborate, network, share knowledge and provide collective suggestions on issues related to health and well-being, practice and programs and evidence-based research.
  • Sustain functionality of the existing O3 PLUS Project Institutional Level Technical Working Groups to ensure well-coordinated implementation of the project.
  • Lead the compilation of SRH/SE/GBV innovations, stories of change and learnings for sharing in relevant local, national and international Education, HIV, SRH, Gender and other important platforms.
  • Coordinate Implementation of O3 PLUS project at 2 participating universities and lead efforts to consolidate outputs to inform project scale up.
  • Support operations research, monitoring & evaluation around SE/SRH for young people in tertiary institutions to enhance evidence-based planning and implementation of programmes.

Long Description

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.


  • University degree (Bachelor) in Education, Social Sciences, Public Health or related Field.
  • At least three (3) years of progressively responsible, professional work experience in developing, coordinating, implementing, and monitoring projects on sexual and reproductive health, Gender Based Violence Prevention, Sexuality Education, HIV and AIDS programmes for young people.
  • Extensive professional knowledge and experience on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, including GBV, SE, HIV and AIDS programming
  • Experience in Project management
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills.
  • Good computer and other IT skills including proficiency in MS office packages.
  • Experience working with Government ministries, international/national Non-Governmental Organizations and UN Agencies.


  • Advanced university degree (Masters) in Education, Social Sciences, Public Health or a relevant field
  • Experience working in higher and tertiary education sector

Skills and competencies

  • Strong knowledge of the country context, with a particular focus on education and public health
  • High level of technical writing skills on issues related to SRH programmes for young people.
  • A track record in programme coordination, ability to manage budgets and report on implementation
  • Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills, tact and discretion.
  • Experience in training, coordination and/or institutional and human capacity building.


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.

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