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UNESCO Jobs: Associate Project Officer (Education) 2021

Job Title: Associate Project Officer (Education)

Organization: UNESCO

Post Number : ED/PA 181

Grade : P-1

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris, France

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 4-JUNE-2021

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance.


Within its standard-setting mandate and with a view to the effective implementation of the right to education in the context of SDG4, UNESCO, through the Right to education Programme, seeks to develop, monitor, support and promote education norms, standards and guidance in order to foster the implementation of this right, in its various dimensions, at country level, and advance the Education 2030 Agenda. In this context, and based on a targeted effective and regular monitoring of the right to education, the Organisation provides technical support, policy advice and guidance to Member States in reviewing and adapting their legal and policy frameworks. This is done in parallel to enhancing capacities at national level, fostering partnerships and advocacy around key principles and raising awareness on main related issues and challenges in enforcing the right to education. A key dimension is ensuring state legal obligations and commitments are duly reflected in national legal frameworks and translated into concrete policies and programmes. 

UNESCO’s Capacity Development for Education Programme (CapED) is a delivery platform for the Education Sector in the framework of the SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda. With a capacity development approach focused on system strengthening, it supports least developed and fragile countries in the design and implementation of education reforms that are essential for the achievement of national development priorities and the fulfilment of SDG4 commitments. 

In the context of technical cooperation for capacity development and system strengthening, the  incumbent shall contribute to and support the technical assistance provided by UNESCO to its Member states to develop and reinforce the foundations of the right to education in national systems in CapED countries and beyond.  He/she will be placed under the guidance of the Chief, Section of Education Policy, the direct supervision of the Right to education Specialist, and in close cooperation with the CapED coordination team.

The incumbent will contribute to the wide-range of activities covering technical support to Member States in order to strengthening the right to education components and related obligations in national settings, in CapED countries and beyond. His/her main responsibilities will be the following:

  • Ensure the preparation and further development of draft technical country reports on review of national legal and policy frameworks in the field of right to education leading, when necessary, to intervention and assistance at country level for implementation of recommendations in cooperation with field offices and national authorities.
  • Contribute to the definition and implementation of road maps at national level, based on the recommendations, review findings, and coutnry technical reviews, and provide technical backstopping to UNESCO Field Offices.
  • Provide necessary assistance in the roll out and implementation of the Guidelines on the Right to education, including in CapED countries, and contribute to developing training and specific guidance tools for Member States, field offices and stakeholders, for enforcing the right to education in national settings.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of the right to education at country level through research, analysis and development of country profiles and to the development of online monitoring tools, with a view to informing country technical reviews and designing technical interventions based on identified legal and policy gaps.
  • Providing necessary assistance in capacity development activities on the right to education at national level in CapED countries and beyond.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)

Accountability (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in international law, human rights, international education or fields related to right to education. 

Work Experience

  • Minimum one year experience in research and analytical activities, capacity development and advocacy in the field of education law or human rights.
  • Experience in the field of the right to education.

Skills and Competencies

  • Solid research and analytical skills and ability to draft clear concise reports.
  • Ability to adapt to a range of projects and to work in a team.
  • Ability to work effectively with research institutions and experts, organizations at all levels in other national and international organizations.
  • Task and results-oriented with ability to priorities and organize work.
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and with rigor.
  • Knowledge of international development, administration or education.
  • Strong communication and IT skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment. 


  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken) and good knowledge of French.


Work Experience

  • Experience in an international context. 


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


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.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

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 highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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