Programme Specialist, Paris, France

Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Country: France

City: Paris, France

Office: UNESCO Paris, France

Closing date: Wednesday, 3 March 2021


Post Number : ED 025

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-MAR-2021

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


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Education (ADG/ED), guidance from the Director of the Division for Education 2030 and direct supervision from the Chief of Section of Higher Education, the incumbent is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reporting on higher education projects and programmes, with an emphasis on the internationalization of higher education, university collaboration and academic mobility. The incumbent will be expected to perform the following essential duties: Long Description

Implement, monitor, evaluate and report on projects and programs, assuming one or more thematic and/or focal responsibilities, including the UNESCO Conventions on the recognition of higher education qualifications.

Provide advice to governments, management, higher education institutions, National Commissions and colleagues on internationalization and mobility policies

Contribute to, and provide strategic guidance on, the activities and projects of UNESCO related to the recognition of qualifications and coordinate technical support to Member States and partners in this area.

Provide guidance and monitor the work of regional and field offices in the domain of higher education and offer technical support, including capacity development resources, to field staff.

Maintain and develop collaboration within the UNESCO Education Sector with other programme Sectors, Regional Bureaus and Education Category I Institutes on the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme.

Contribute to resource mobilization by playing an active role in funding and project proposal developments, submissions and follow-up. Locate and mobilize resources, and ensure the preparation of extra-budgetary projects progress reports, including the submission of essential information to concerned parties to support the timely finalization of accurate financial reports.

Participate in programme development (C/5) discussions and in the formulation of specific initiatives related to higher education.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)

Accountability (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework .



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in higher education, education policy and management, public administration and law.


A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in higher education policies and planning, of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level.

Experience in research and/or teaching at the higher education level.


Recognised ability to link higher educational policies and planning to wider societal and economic needs.

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Proven ability to draft high quality, clear, concise documents and reports.

Demonstrated fund raising and resource mobilisation skills.

Excellent coordination, interpersonal and negotiation skills, as well as an ability to network with a range of partners, donors and other stakeholders.

Excellent presentation skills and ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in a multicultural environment.

Excellent IT skills.


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



Advanced university degree (PhD or equivalent) in education, public policies or in an area related to development or planning.

Advanced training in normative instruments of the UN system.


Proven experience in providing expert advice on mobility, recognition and internationalization strategies at the international level.

Demonstrated professional experience in management, design and coordination of education plans and strategies at the international level.


Demonstrated professional experience in management, design and coordination of education plans and strategies at the international level.

Knowledge of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development, its related goals (SDGs) and, in particular, SDG 4.


Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/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.