Programme Specialist - P3

Deadline to apply: 
13 February 2019
Title:  Programme Specialist
Domain: Training and Education Programmes
Grade: P3
Post Number: IEP/PA/091
Organizational Unit:  UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Primary Station:   Paris, France
Recruitment open to: Internal and external 
Type of contract:  Project Appointment (PA)
Lenght:  1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Annual salary:  USD 60 233 annual base salary plus annual variable post adjustment of USD 26 262 
Deadline (midnight, Buenos Aires time):  13 February 2019
Applications to be sent to: 


UNESCO Core Values:

  • Commitment to the Organization

  • Integrity

  • Respect for Diversity

  • Professionalism


Organizational Setting

As the only specialized organization with the mandate to support educational policy, planning and management, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) plays a unique role within the United Nations system. IIEP was established in 1963 as an integral part of UNESCO. It supports ministries of education around the world and other key actors to plan and manage education systems through its programmes of training, technical assistance, policy research and knowledge sharing. 

This position is located in the Training and Education Unit of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO, Paris. IIEP’s training offer includes courses in various forms and lengths to provide professionals with the most practical, hands-on and flexible training in educational planning. The courses include residential and distance modes and a blend of both modalities. They range from two-week professional development courses to the comprehensive nine-month Advanced Training programme (ATP). The course offer is constantly up-dated to ensure that IIEP plays a key role in assisting states to address new demands and agendas, not least the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs), in partnership with governments and other development partners. IIEP also includes the IIEP Pole de Dakar and Buenos Aires Offices. For further information on our training programmes please go to


Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall authority of the Director, IIEP and the supervision of the Head of the Training   and Education Programme (TEP), the incumbent will ensure that high and consistent levels of course assessment are developed across the course offer and adhered to; he/she will also take responsibility for ensuring high quality course evaluations are developed and implemented. Finally, he/she will support the overall co-ordination of the Education Sector Planning course offer. He/she will also contribute to teaching on IIEP courses and to our work on research and development and technical co-operation where appropriate.

The incumbent works in a collaborative team environment to achieve the following objectives:

a. Guide and co-ordinate colleagues involved in the training offer on the design of instruments to assess the training delivered in collaboration with the Head of Training and other key colleagues. 

b. Maintain and store assessment records using the new management information system so that they are efficiently retrievable.

c. Manage and monitor the feedback system to IIEP participants, including the certification process, ensuring high levels of accuracy and transparency.

d. Improve and manage the evaluation system of TEP managed courses through ensuring effective feedback from participants, employers, supervisors, donors and teaching staff so that these findings can feed back into continuous course improvement.

e. Assist the Head of Training and other key colleagues in the co-ordination and review of the ESP training offer, ensuring that the course offer is regularly up-dated, improved and that its different components are effectively co-ordinated.

f. Contribute to teaching, research and development, and technical co-operation activities.


Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (at least Master’s degree or equivalent) in education or the social sciences including statistical analysis; also qualifications or training in education planning, evaluation and/or assessment. 

Work experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of relevant professional experience of teaching in higher education or adult training contexts of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level. 
  • Experience in applying adult learning assessment principles to professional development programmes. 
  • Experience in the development of course evaluation instruments and processes and their management.
  • Experience of teaching in the international development context.

Skills and competencies

  • Thorough knowledge of the assessment of adult learning.
  • Demonstrated expertise in course evaluation.
  • Strong skills in data analysis and management.
  • Ability to work in diverse and multicultural teams.
  • Expertise in education management, policy and/or planning.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written). 
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.).

Language requirement

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


Required competencies

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

Core Competencies 

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

Managerial Competencies 

  • Strategic thinking
  • Making quality decisions

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



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


How to apply?

To apply, please send together your CV (UNESCO format), your letter of motivation and the compulsory questionnaire to: 

Please note: Only CVs in the correct format will be given consideration.

Please indicate «Programme Specialist, P3 TEP » in the subject line of your email message. The deadline for applications is 13 February 2019 at midnight (Paris time). 


Benefits and entitlements

For duty station Paris, UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in USD and then paid in Euros at prevailing UN Operational Rates of Exchange. They consist of a basic salary (indicated above), and a 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

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


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