Associate Programme Specialist - Online Learning (P1/P2)

Title:Associate Programme Specialist - Online Learning
Post number:IEP PA 104
Duty Station:Paris, France
Organizational Unit:UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning
Type of contract:Project Appointment 
Duration of contract:1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance
Deadline (midnight, Paris time):4 June 2020

UNESCO Core Values:

  • Commitment to the Organization

  • Integrity

  • Respect for diversity

  • Professionalism

Organizational setting and overview of the functions of the post

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.

This position is located in the Training and Education Programme (TEP) 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) on Education Planning and Management. 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 Training.  

Under the overall authority of the Director, IIEP and the supervision of the Virtual campus coordinator in ensuring that high and consistent levels of online course are developed across the course offer. He/she will support the design, implementation and evaluation processes of the online courses. He/she will also contribute to teaching, research and development and technical co-operation activities where appropriate and will contribute to the overall work of the Teaching and Education Programmes team.  

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

Assist content experts to select effective e-tutoring and assessment strategies.  

  • Revise existing training modules, assignments and resources to ensure effective teaching and learning.
  • Support the development of multimedia resources (videos, interactive presentations, tutorials, etc.).
  • Follow-up participants’ learning achievements and helping ensure course completion.
  • Identify new e-learning tools to improve teaching and learning practices.  
  • Support the evaluation of training courses and programmes.
  • Ensure administrative follow-up during the organization and implementation of online courses.
  • Contribute to the general improvement of online teaching and learning practices.
  • Contribute to teaching, research and development and technical co-operation activities.


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

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

Required Qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Education Sciences or ICT in education and adult education & training.

Work experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant experience in instructional design, development of online courses and ICT/learning technology for adults, of which preferably one (1) year acquired at international level.

Skills and competencies

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the use of an e-learning platform.
  • Knowledge of theories and learning design approaches in adult education and training in the context of developing countries.
  • Initiative and ability to learn quickly in the post.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to work with and in multicultural teams.
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of MS software (Word, Excel etc.).


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

Desirable Qualifications

Work experience

  • Experience and knowledge in the field of educational planning and management.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

How to apply

To apply, please go to the UNESCO’s careers website.

Benefits and entitlements 

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.

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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.