Technical Cooperation Coordinator - P3 (Internationally Recruited Position)

Deadline to apply: 
15 January 2019

Title:  Technical Cooperation Coordinator (Internationally Recruited Position)


Domain: Education
Grade: P-3
Post Number: IEP/PA/088
Organizational Unit:  UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Duty Station:   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Type of contract:  Project Appointment 
Lenght:  1 year renewable
Annual salary:  USD 59 151 annual net base salary plus a variable annual post adjustment of USD 22 714
Deadline (midnight, Buenos Aires time):  15 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’s Office for Latin America in Buenos Aires promotes education for all in the region, supports capacity development, research and dissemination of new concepts, methods and techniques in the field of educational planning. For more information about IIEP’s activities in Latin America follow this link.

This position is located in IIEP’s Buenos Aires Office.

Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP and immediate supervision of the Head of Office of IIEP Buenos Aires, and within the framework of IIEP’s mandate and Medium-Term Strategy, the incumbent will lead and coordinate the development and implementation of the technical cooperation activities of IIEP Buenos Aires. The incumbent will also serve as Officer in Charge (OiC) in the absence of the Head of Office. In this regard, he/she will have delegated authority from the Head of Office in matters of supervision and management of the team of IIEP Buenos Aires.

The incumbent will manage, advice, and report on the technical cooperation activities and the delivery of results against objectives. The incumbent will provide support, leadership and guidance to staff and consultants working on technical cooperation projects and during their involvement in technical cooperation missions. The incumbent will assist the Head of Office with administrative and financial management of these projects.

In collaboration with the Head of Office of IIEP Buenos Aires, the incumbent will carry out outreach and fundraising activities with IIEP partners (Member States, U.N. agencies, foundations, donors, and other development organizations).

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following functions and responsibilities:

1.    Programme design and implementation:

a.    Identify, conceptualize and design technical cooperation projects in accordance with IIEP’s Medium Term Strategy and Member State needs.
b.    Apply established project planning procedures for technical cooperation projects.
c.    Supervise, coordinate and contribute to the timely implementation of ongoing technical cooperation projects.
d.    Conduct regular field missions as required by technical cooperation projects.
e.    Oversee the management of technical cooperation projects budgets.
f.    Report on technical cooperation projects in accordance with IIEP’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
g.    Contribute to institutional communication activities in relation to technical cooperation projects.
h.    Participate in the design, management, and implementation of IIEP BA’s training and research projects, in close collaboration with the Coordinator of Training and with the Coordinator of Research, respectively, as required by the Head of Office.

2.    Strategic planning and partnership development:

a.    In cooperation with the Head of Office, develop the technical cooperation agenda of IIEP BA and adopt strategies for its implementation.
b.    Develop partnerships with Member States, U.N. agencies, foundations, donors, and other development organizations in order to extend the reach of technical cooperation programmes and projects, and to develop joint programmes.
c.    Identify and negotiate funding for technical cooperation projects from public and private donors, including Member States, U.N. agencies, foundations, and other development organizations.
d.    Represent IIEP at conferences and meetings, giving institutional and thematic presentations.

3.    Team Management:

a.    Within delegated authority, manage, supervise, and support staff, consultants and interns working in technical cooperation projects.
b.    Manage and provide continuous feedback on staff performance on a timely basis
c.    Identify human resource needs and recruit technical expertise for programme implementation.

4. In the absence of the Head of Office, assume delegate responsibility for the supervision and management of IIEP BA.

5. Perform other tasks as directed by the Head of Office and the Director.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, public policy, public management, economics, statistics, or in related fields of social sciences.

Work Experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in designing and implementing projects in the field of educational planning and/or management, of which preferably three (3) years acquired at international level.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading, managing and motivating international teams.
  • Demonstrable experience in project management, including management of project portfolios and the application of planning and management tools.
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting high-level political dialogue, partnership development and fundraising, particularly at ministerial level.

Skills and competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of the theory and practical application of the techniques used in education planning.
  • Excellent knowledge of the educational systems of Latin America and the education policy agenda of the region.
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work proactively and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to develop positive collegial relationships.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Capacity to write clear prose.


  • Excellent knowledge of Spanish, English and Portuguese. 

Desirable qualifications

Work experience

  • Experience in education policymaking or policy implementation.


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


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

How to apply?

Please send to: your motivation letter, your CV in UNESCO format only in Spanish and/or English together with the compulsory questionnaire, which you can download here. ln the subject line of your message, please write “Technical Cooperation Coordinator BA”.

IMPORTANT: Please note any other CV formats are not accepted

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2019 at midnight (Buenos Aires time). Appointment to this position is subject to availability of funds.

Benefits and entitlements

UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in Dollars, USD. 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 UN 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.