Educational Policy Analyst and Planner - P3 (re-advertisement)

Deadline to apply: 
20 January 2019
Title:  Educational Policy Analyst and Planner
Domain: Analysis, planning, management and monitoring of education and training policies
Grade: P-3
Post Number: 6SNIEP0046PA
Organizational Unit:  Pole de Dakar of the UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-Pole de Dakar)
Primary Location:   Dakar, Senegal
Type of contract:  Project Appointment (PA)
Lenght:  1 year renewable (subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds)
Annual salary:  59 151 USD annual net base salary plus annual variable post adjustment of US 23,246 USD
Deadline (midnight, Dakar time):  20 January 2019
Applications to be sent to:


UNESCO Core Values:

  • Commitment to the Organization

  • Integrity

  • Respect for Diversity

  • Professionalism


Organizational Setting

Pôle de Dakar is the International Institute for Educational Planning’s (IIEP) Africa-based office located in Dakar, Senegal. IIEP is a UNESCO specialized institute with a mandate to strengthen Member States’ capacity to plan and manage their education systems. The Pôle de Dakar, is renowned for its cutting edge educational sector analyses and supports African countries in developing realistic and credible education system development plans in support of the Education 2030 agenda, an essential part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Through a well-crafted and targeted capacity development approach, Pôle de Dakar contributes to the creation of diagnostic analyses, sector plans and pedagogical tools. In concert, these contribute to more relevant and sustainable educational policies across Africa. Pole de Dakar is also actively involved in knowledge creation for the education sector in Africa. For more information about its activities please follow this link: Pôle de Dakar.


Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP and the Coordinator of the Pôle de Dakar, and the direct supervision of the team leader, the incumbent contributes to activities related to the analysis, planning, implementation, management, and monitoring of education and training policies in Africa. He/she will participate in activities conducted in selected countries with other Pôle de Dakar staff and may be responsible for ensuring the leadership and management of team members assigned to those countries. The research conducted and subsequent outputs will be subject to internal validation procedures, under the responsibility of the Coordinator.

More specifically, the incumbent  will be assigned the following tasks:

  1. Assist African countries in the development, implementation and monitoring of educational policies:

    a.    Support the development of education and training sector, sub-sector, and thematic diagnosis;
    b.    Support discussions and definitions of educational policy tradeoffs and the development of national strategy documents (education policy orientation document, simulation models, education sector plan, expenditure medium term financial framework, budgeted action plan, etc.).

  2. Lead and manage a portfolio of selected countries:

    a.    Assist with developing and sustaining political and education policy management and planning dialogue with the highest authorities of target countries  ;
    b.    Managing dialogue, exchange and coordination with development partners in country

  3. Support international initiatives for the Education 2030 Agenda:

    a.    Knowledge creation on the state of education and training in Africa;
    b.    Design tools for analysis, planning, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of education and training policies in Africa;
    c.    Create training materials and / or outreach strategies that meet the needs of targeted audiences;

  4. Contribute to the professional development of officials in charge of management of education planning, management and training in Africa;

  5. Contribute to implementation of training initiatives developed by the Pôle de Dakar in collaboration with its partners;

  6. Contribute to the creating, use and dissemination of relevant information in the education and training sectors in Africa :

    a.    Participate in drafting substantive and high quality methodological notes, thematic notes and country notes.
    b.    Contribute to updating the website and portal webs such as and interactive spaces for documentation and exchanges around education and training policies in Africa (digital bibliography, statistics, policy documents, etc.).

  7. Assume responsibilities within the team as defined by the Coordinator;

  8. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Coordinator of the Pôle de Dakar.


Required competencies

The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate consistently, the following UNESCO core competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Results focus
  • Planning and organizing
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

For detailed information about UNESCO’s core competencies please follow this this link UNESCO Competency Framework.


Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Statistics or Social sciences.

Work experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of relevant working experience in the fields of sector analysis, planning and management of education systems of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in the design of education and training sector development plans and budgeted action plans.

Skills and competencies

  • Demonstrable knowledge of African education systems.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of statistical and econometric techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge and use of statistical software such SPSS, SAS, STATA and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of techniques to develop an education and training development plan.
  • Good knowledge of the problems of education in the context of developing countries particularly in Africa.
  • Ability to undertake regular missions, especially in diverse and challenging contexts.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and support multicultural teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).


  • Excellent knowledge of either French or English and good knowledge of the other.


Desirable qualifications


  • Knowledge of Portuguese


A written assessment exercise followed by a competency-based interview may be used to evaluate qualified candidates.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV (UNESCO format) and your cover letter to:

Please indicate « Analyst (P3) » in the subject line of your email message. The deadline for applications is 20 January 2019 at midnight (Dakar time).

Benefits and entitlements

UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consists of an annual net base salary (indicated above) plus annual variable post adjustment (indicated above),  which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, as well as exchange rates. Other benefits include 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.  More details about salaries, benefits and allowances be found by following this link: UN Salaries, Allowances and Benefits


UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as are nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities equally are encouraged to apply.  Worldwide mobility is required as staff members must be ready to serve in other duty stations in accordance with UNESCO’s geographical mobility policy. UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.



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