Gender-sensitive educational planner - P3

Deadline to apply: 
31 Août 2019
Title: Gender-sensitive educational planner
Domain:Gender analysis, planning, management and monitoring of education and training policies
Post Number:IEP/PA/097 
Organizational Unit: UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Duty Location: Paris, France
Type of contract: Project Appointment (PA)
Lengh: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 27 587
Deadline (midnight, Paris time): 31 August 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 Technical Cooperation Team of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris. This team applies an integrated capacity development approach to its technical support to UNESCO Member States. This support for educational policy, planning and management takes many forms, including customized training in-countries. Through a capacity development approach, IIEP contributes to the creation of diagnostic analyses, sector plans and pedagogical tools. In concert, these contribute to more relevant and sustainable educational policies across Africa. IIEP is also actively involved in applied research and tool development in educational policy, planning and management in Africa. For more information about its activities please visit IIEP Paris also coordinates its offer with IIEP Pole de Dakar and Buenos Aires Offices. For further information on our technical cooperation programmes please go to 

Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP and the Head of the Technical Cooperation Team, and the direct supervision of program managers, the incumbent contributes to IIEP’s support to Member States on the design and implementation of education sector analyses with a gender lens and highlights main challenges to meeting national, regional and international commitments on gender equality. He/she will collaborate with IIEP colleagues to mainstream a gender perspective in all analyses, data collection processes, etc.  This work contributes directly to the UNESCO Gender Priority, the work of the G7, and IIEP’s commitment to supporting gender-responsive educational planning. 

More specifically, the incumbent  will:

1. Collaborate in IIEP’s support to Member States on the design and implementation of education sector analyses, through:

  • the development of analytical frameworks, guidelines and tools, to ensure that gender is integrated within the education sector analyses and similar exercises;
  • the undertaking of an education sector analysis, with specific attention to strengthening national capacities in ESA and the integration of gender into the analysis;
  • the provision of theoretical and practical advice on the integration of gender into analyses undertaken by other colleagues, including in adopting Terms of Reference to be gender-responsive. 

2. Collaborate in IIEP’s support to Member States on the design and preparation of education sector strategies and plans, through:

  • the reflection on the appropriate approach to preparing such strategies and plans and the preparation of related Terms of References and concept notes;
  • the development of guidelines and tools, to ensure that gender is integrated within the education sector strategy and/or plan;
  • the collaboration with national structures and teams in the design and preparation of an education sector strategy or plan, with specific attention to the integration of gender; 
  • the provision of advice on strategies and interventions to address gender disparities; 
  • the provision of guidance for gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation activities, including M&E plan design and Joint Sector Reviews. 

3. Support policy dialogue with highest authorities to advise on strategic policy choices with respect to gender issues.

4. Strengthen the awareness, knowledge, and skills of IIEP staff on integrating gender in education planning and management, through:

  • close collaboration with colleagues, as indicated above;
  • organization of working sessions for colleagues;
  • development of guidance materials;
  • participation in team and staff meetings.

5. Contribute to the implementation of IIEP’s training, research and development initiatives, particularly with gender expertise.


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 about UNESCO’s core competencies please follow this link: UNESCO Competency Framework.

Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a social science, economics, management, development studies or similar field.

Work experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of relevant working experience in the fields of planning and management of education systems of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience in analyzing gender disparities and identifying strategies to address them through education.
  • Experience in the design of education policies or education sector development plans. 

Skills and competencies

  • Demonstrable knowledge of education systems and of the problems of education.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of techniques for education policy analysis or educational planning.
  • Expertise in designing interventions to address gender disparities in education. 
  • Expertise in the analysis of educational policy and research techniques.
  • Ability to undertake regular missions, especially in diverse and challenging environments.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.).

Language requirement

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

Desirable qualifications


  • Specialized training in educational planning and/or management.

Skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and familiarity with statistical software (SPSS, Stata, SAS, etc.).
  • Knowledge of gender disparities in African education systems.


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


A written assessment exercise followed by a competency-based interview may 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 UNESCO format will be considered  

Important: Please indicate « Gender sensitive Education Planner PA097, P3 TC » in the subject line of your email message. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2019 at midnight (Paris time).

Benefits and entitlements

UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment, 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 can be found on the ICSC website.

Please note that UNESCO is a no-smoking Organization.

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.