UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Paris, France


Post Number : ED/PA 203

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 2 years with possibility of renewal

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 22-JUL-2022

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension, subject to availability of funds and performance.


With the support of the People’s Republic of China, the Section of Higher Education initiated the UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase III: Higher Technical Education in Africa for a Technical and Innovative Workforce. The objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of higher education institutions to respond to the skill needs for national development in African countries by facilitating collaboration between higher education institutions and the industry, enhancing labor market-oriented teaching, and strengthening competence-based learning. The project will ultimately contribute to tackling youth unemployment, addressing skills mismatch, and promoting socioeconomic development in Africa.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), guidance of the Director of the Division for Education 2030 Support and Coordination, and the direct supervision of Chief of Section of Higher Education, the incumbent will support the implementation of the China Funds-in-Trust Project Phase III on higher technical education, and particularly perform the following functions: Long Description

1. Project management and coordination:

  • Provide technical backstopping and coordinate project implementation in collaboration with UNESCO field offices, country focal points, and 12 partner universities;
  • Develop annual work plans, budget proposal, and monitor its implementation;
  • Contribute to and provide strategic guidance on activities of UNESCO related to higher technical education for skills development and coordinate technical support to participating countries and partners;
  • Plan and organize capacity-building and networking activities for participating countries.

2. Communication and knowledge management:

  • Develop and implement the project communication strategy to raise visibility of the project;
  • Prepare written outputs, including concept notes, briefings, analytical notes, reports and inputs to publications;
  • Facilitate information sharing among colleagues, participating countries, stakeholders, implementation partners and the donor.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Establish and implement monitoring procedures on in-country activities to monitor progress; Conduct annual review missions to provide substantive support to project countries;
  • Coordinate timely submission of project reports from 12 partner universities and draft synthesis annual report;
  • Initiate and supervise the evaluation of the project at the closure phase.

Long Description

4. Liaison and partnership building:

  • Maintain and foster positive working relationship with partners and liaise with relevant stakeholders for project implementation;
  • Provide guidance and monitor the work of relevant field offices CFIT implementation and offer technical support, including capacity development resources to CFIT national officers;
  • Identify opportunities and develop partnership with relevant stakeholders to advance the development of the project.

5. Budget and human resources management:

  • Monitor overall financial flow, manage funds transfer, budget authorization and take corrective measures when necessary, including expenditure reviews and budget revision;
  • Supervise and guide the establishment, implementation, and monitoring of 12 implementation partnership agreements and contracts related to CFIT.
  • Supervise external experts working on CFIT, and support training and fulfillment of duties by national project officers in the six UNESCO field offices concerned in CFIT project.

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 (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international development, public policy, education, or other related areas.


  • Minimum of four years of relevant professional work experience in education project implementation, management, monitoring, and reporting, of which preferably 2 years acquired at the international level.
  • Experiences in project programming within results-based management framework and gender mainstreaming in development initiatives.
  • Experience working with developing country contexts, particularly related to Africa and preferably in higher education.


  • Proven project management skills and competences in project coordination, monitorung, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated fund raising and resource mobilisation skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as ability to set priorities.
  • Demonstrated skills in budgeting and finance management.
  • Proven ability to draft high quality, clear, concise documents and reports.
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent IT skills.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English, and good knowledge of French.



  • Relevant training in project management, monitoring, and evaluation.


  • Experience with UNESCO and understanding of the organization, including its administrative procedures and regulations.


  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s policy and practices.
  • Knowledge of higher education.
  • Knowledge of Africa and African higher education systems.
  • Knowledge of result-based management framework.


  • Excellent knowledge of Chinese (both oral and written).
  • Knowledge of other UNESCO Official languages (Arabic, Russian and Spanish).


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 88,458.

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.

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