Post Number : IEP/PA/124/125/126/127/6SNIEP0069PA/6SNIEP0070PA

Grade : P-1 / P-2

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 10-JUNE-2022 (Extended)


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


​​​​​​Duration of contract: 2 years renewable with a six months probationary period. Extension of contract is subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

 Up to Six (6) Associate Education Programme Specialists positions are to be filled  (IEP/PA/124/125/126/127/6SNIEP0069PA/6SNIEP0070PA).

Duty Station: Paris & Dakar


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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 and their partners around the world to plan and manage education systems through four types of capacity development programs:   training, technical assistance, research and development, and knowledge sharing. The Institute launched its new Medium-Term Strategy (2022-2025) in November 2021. IIEP has offices in Paris, Dakar, and Buenos Aires. IIEP draws on voluntary contributions from core donors and project funding to achieve its goals and objectives.


Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP and the direct supervision of a Senior Education Analyst or Specialist, and within the framework of the Institute’s Medium-Term Strategy, the incumbents will support implementation of a variety of country facing technical cooperation projects in educational planning and management, and to contribute to analytical work, training programmes, and knowledge sharing activities. Candidates should have experience and/or knowledge in one or MORE of the following areas of expertise:


(a) Data management, analysis and the support of education management information systems (EMIS);

(b) Use of service delivery and learning data to drive programmatic reforms in the education sector and improve management practices;

(c) Design and management of integrated capacity development programs to support the planning and management of the education sector.


The incumbents will have the following duties and responsibilities:


1. Assist teams in supporting member states (MS) in the development, implementation, and monitoring of education and training sector analysis, plans, policies:

  • Support the development of education and training, sub-sector, and thematic diagnoses and analysis.
  • Support the development and implementation of education sector plans including operational plans, institutional capacity analysis, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Support the discussion with Ministries of Education (MoE) officials within the framework of educational policy tradeoffs and the development of national strategy documents (i.e., education policy documents, simulations models, education sector plan, action plans, etc.).
  • Support the development of management and monitoring tools and the preparation of joint sector reviews or mid-term reviews.


2. Support implementation and management of capacity development programmes:

  • Support the delivery of capacity development programmes (facilitation of face to face or remote training sessions, etc.) in educational planning and management.
  • Devise modalities and milestones for assessment and for daily programme and financial management; preparing narrative and financial reporting. Draft terms of reference for consultants.


3.  Assist in the management of IIEP’s country facing technical cooperation portfolio:

  • Support project & related contract development and drafting, implementation, reporting and monitoring and evaluation.


4. Contribute to the production and dissemination of knowledge on education sector planning, analysis and the management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education sector reforms:

  • Contribute to the development of methodological guides and tools on education planning, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and drafting of pieces of research on education and training analysis, planning, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation.  
  • Contribute to the update of IIEP’s website and interactive space for documentation and exchanges around education and training policies (digital bibliography, statistics, policy documents, etc.).


5. Assist in the development and implementation of training initiatives to support the professional development of education stakeholders, including officials in charge of education and training, in the areas of education planning and management:

  • Support the development of training materials to meet various audience’ needs, based on different delivery modes (F2F, distance, hybrid).
  • Support the implementation/facilitation, monitoring and evaluation of training activities.


6. Perform other duties within IIEP’s mandate as assigned by the supervisor.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Teamwork (C)
Results focus (C)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Professionalism (C)




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



  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant professional experience in the fields of sector analysis, planning and management of education systems. 
  • Less than one (1) year for candidates with a PhD in the related filed. 
  • Experience and/or knowledge in one or more of the following: (a) Data management and analysis, including for example, the integration and use of household surveys, labour market surveys, learning assessment data, budget expenditure and tracking surveys, service delivery data, and data from EMIS systems (b) Use of service delivery and learning data to drive programmatic reforms in the education sector and improve management practices (c) Design and management of integrated capacity development programs to support the planning and management of the education sector.
  • Experience in supporting the design and execution of complex country level capacity development programs in education planning and management.
  • Knowledge of education systems in developing and emerging countries and the associated challenges they face.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of statistical and econometric, psycho-metric, or other quantitative evidence techniques applicable to the Education sector.
  • Ability to review and assess data and take remedial actions to support the production and use of quality and robust data.
  • Good knowledge of education systems in developing and emerging countries and their associated challenges.
  • Excellent analytical and synthetical skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, including knowledge of statistical software such SPSS, SAS, STATA, R and spreadsheets (e.g., Excel, ACCES).
  • Ability to support and work with diversified Teams ; Ability to communicate clearly and with precision both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to undertake regular missions, especially in challenging environments.



  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) and a working knowledge of French.




  • PhD in one of the fields listed above.


Work Experience

  • Experience in the design of education and training sector development plans and budgeted action plans.



  • Knowledge of another UN official language beyond English (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish).
  • Knowledge of Portuguese.


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


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

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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