Programme Specialist - P4

Deadline to apply: 
25 January 2019
Title:  Programme specialist
Domain: Technical cooperation programme
Grade: P4
Post Number: IEP/PA/089
Organizational Unit:  UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Duty Station:   Paris, France
Recruitment open to: Internal and external
Type of contract:  Project Appointment 
Lenght:  2 years with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Annual salary:  USD 71 332 net annual base salary plus annual variable post adjustment of USD 32 670 
Deadline (midnight, Buenos Aires time):  25 January 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  

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 and the direct supervision of the Head of the Technical Cooperation Team and within the framework of the Institute’s Medium-Term Strategy, the programme specialist will:

Design and lead the implementation of technical cooperation programs and projects with selected Member States in particular in the areas of crisis-sensitive planning and planning for refugees:

  • Development of proposals for programs and projects.
  • Coordinate the implementation of the program/project.
  • Prepare and lead technical assistance missions.
  • Prepare and lead specific training workshops.
  • Provide advice, guidance and technical monitoring to members of the team involved in the program/project.

Coordinate and monitor selected technical assistance programs/projects in educational planning and management, in particular programs/projects on crisis-sensitive planning and planning for refugees:

  • Plan for the implementation of a portfolio of programs/projects, selected in discussions with the Team Leader.
  • Coordinate the implementation of this portfolio, including through regular discussions with staff members in charge of individual programs/projects.
  • Liaise and coordinate with national and international partners.
  • Monitor their implementation, including through the preparation of reports.

Design and undertake training activities, particularly in the areas of crisis-sensitive planning and planning for refugees. More specifically the incumbent will :

  • Design residential and distance training programs at IIEP and in the regions.
  • Participate in the Advanced Training Program and in the distance education programs offered by IIEP and/or within a Technical Cooperation program.
  • Prepare relevant training materials.
  • Organize seminars and workshops in selected areas.
  • Liaise when required with training institutions in selected Member States.

Undertake analytical work on specific themes related to crisis-sensitive planning and planning for refugees. More specifically the incumbent will :

  • Respond to requests by national or international partners for such analytical work, through preparing detailed proposals.
  • Assure the implementation of such work.
  • Assure and monitor the quality of the work.
  • Disseminate the results, through the drafting of reports and policy briefs.

Identify possible technical assistance programs, and in consultation with the Team Leader and the Director’s office, participate in negotiations on these proposals.

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

Additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the team and of the Institute.


Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in an area related to educational planning and management, economics, demography, statistics, or international development.

Work Experience

  • Minimum seven (7) years relevant experience in education policy, planning, and/or management, of which preferably three (3) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in the design and management of development projects.
  • Implementing programs and projects on education in crisis contexts.
  • Experience in organizing and delivering training programs and course.

Skills and competencies

  • Deep 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 in crisis contexts.
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary developments in the global education arena and of effective strategies for improving educational planning and management.
  • Strong competence in designing, leading and managing development programs. 
  • Proven competence to advise Member States on questions related to conflict and disaster risk reduction and planning for refugees in the education sector.  
  • Competence to lead teams of professionals.
  • Ability to perform regular missions, especially in diverse and challenging contexts.
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to develop positive collegial relationships, and to build trust.
  • Good communication skills.


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


Desirable qualifications


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



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

Managerial Competencies 

  • Driving and managing change  
  • Strategic thinking
  • Making quality decisions
  • Building partnerships
  • Leading and empowering others 
  • Managing performance 

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



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

How to apply?

Please send your letter of motivation, your CV in UNESCO format ONLY together with the compulsory questionnaire to:

IMPORTANT: Please note any other CV formats are not accepted

ln the subject line of your email message please write “Programme Specialist P4 TC) PA089”. The deadline for submission is 25 January 2019 at midnight (Paris time). The appointment is contingent on the availability of funds.


Benefits and entitlements

UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) salaries are calculated in USD and 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 can be found by following this link UN Salaries, Allowances and Benefits

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.  


Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.