Programme Specialist - P3

Deadline to apply: 
10 March 2019
Title:  Programme Specialist
Domain: Technical and Cooperation
Grade: P3
Post Number: IEP/PA/092
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 net annual base salary plus annual variable post  adjustment of USD 26 743
Deadline (midnight, Buenos Aires time):  10 March 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. IIEP also includes the IIEP Pole de Dakar and Buenos Aires Offices.

The Technical Cooperation Team implements programs and projects in response to requests by Member States for support and advice in educational planning and management. These programs and projects focus on strengthening capacities of educational administrations through collaboration, technical workshops, and formal training programs. The team also undertakes research and participates in IIEP’s regular training programs. 

For further information on our Technical Cooperation programmes please go to IIEP Technical Cooperation

This position is located in the Technical Cooperation Unit of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO.


Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP, the direct supervision of the Head of the Technical Cooperation Team, and in coordination with the programme specialist in charge of the cluster of “crisis-sensitive planning” projects, and within the framework of the Institute’s Medium-Term Strategy, the incumbent works in a collaborative team environment to achieve the following objectives:

1. Design technical cooperation projects and programmes:

  • Prepare detailed project or programme proposals.
  • Ensure the linkage of these projects or programmes with IIEP’s MTS and with other ongoing or planned activities. 
  • Participate in discussions and negotiations with national and international partners.

2. Manage and implement technical cooperation projects, in particular in the area of crisis-sensitive planning, in collaboration with colleagues:

  • Plan the implementation of projects.
  • Prepare and carry out technical cooperation missions.
  • Prepare and facilitate specific training workshops.
  • Provide advice and guidance to technical staff in Member States.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to members of the project/programme team, including consultants. 
  • Liaise and coordinate with national and international partners.

3. Participate in monitoring and reporting of IIEP’s work in crisis-sensitive planning:

  • Monitor the implementation of crisis-sensitive projects, including tracking results, updating relevant databases and preparing reports.
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation reports for crisis-sensitive planning projects.

4. Participate in analysis and research:

  • Support the drafting of research products in the area of crisis-sensitive planning and planning for refugees.
  • Undertake field missions to conduct research activities.
  • Reflect on lessons learnt and future perspectives, particularly in the area of crisis-sensitive planning, and draft documents in this regard.

5. Undertake training activities, particularly in the area of crisis-sensitive planning :

  • Design new training courses and participate in the revision of existing courses.
  • Develop relevant course materials, detailed programmes and activities, and evaluation methods and tools. 
  • Participate in the implementation of these courses, through residential as well as distance mode.
  • Take part in the regular residential and distance training programmes at IIEP, including the Advanced Training Programme. 

6. Represent IIEP at meetings and conferences to which the Institute is invited.

7. Undertake additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the team and of the Institute.



The successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following UNESCO Core  competencies:

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

For detailed information please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the field of educational planning and management, international development, social sciences or economics. 

Work experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of relevant professional experience in the field of education technical cooperation projects, in particular in the area of crisis-sensitive planning, of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.

Skills and competencies

  • Strong knowledge of the issues surrounding education in the context of developing and/or emerging countries, in particular of those related to educational planning and management.
  • Strong understanding of contemporary developments in the global education arena and of effective strategies for improving educational planning and management, in particular in crisis-affected contexts.
  • Ability to design, manage and implement development programmes/projects.
  • Proven competencies to advise Member States on questions related to the role of education in preventing crisis and mitigating its effects.
  • Ability to design and implement training programmes and workshops. 
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships inside and outside of the Organization. Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).

Language requirement

  • Excellent knowledge of French and English.

Desirable qualifications

Work experience

Experience in developing training materials.


Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Russian).



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 in (UNESCO format), your letter of motivation  and the compulsory questionnaire to: 

Please note: Only CVs in the UNESCO format will be considered  

Important: Please indicate «Programme Specialist, P3 TC » in the subject line of your email message. The deadline for applications is 10 March 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 net base salary (indicated above and a variable post adjustment sum (indicated above) that 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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