UN Regional Coordination Officer, Bangkok, Thailand

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

Country: Thailand

City: Bangkok, Thailand

Office: UNESCO Bangkok

Closing date: Monday, 15 February 2021


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Bangkok

Job Family: Field Operations Coordination

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15-FEB-2021

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


UNESCO is fully committed to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) reform launched on 1st January 2019, which intends to improve the UN’s presence in the field in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. At the regional level, UNESCO is contributing to the ongoing reform of the UN architecture and to the drive to strengthen collaboration between UN regional entities in the field, while adapting to the changes under way from both a structural and programmatic point of view.

In support to this enhanced need for coordination, and under the direct supervision of the Director of the Regional Office, the UN Coordination Officer will provide support and contribute to ensure the full participation of the Regional Office in the UN development system joint cooperation under the Regional Collaorative Platform (RCP).

In this regard, the incumbent will provide support to the Director of the Regional Office in liaising with the RCP to enhance the UN system collaboration and system-wide coherence within the framework of the UN reform, improve UNESCO’s representation at the regional level within the RCP and support the Organization’s full participation and contribution in UN system action.

Long Description

The incumbent will also ensure the overall coordination and technical preparation and participation in the RCP related-issues such as engagement in its Issue Based Coalitions (IBCs) and Means of Implementation Groups with focus on UNESCO’s contribution in the field of eudcaiton and enhance strategic relastion between RCP and UNCT activities especially in Thailand and Laos PDR by:

Ensure necessary technical preparation and participation of the Regional Office (UNESCO Bangkok) in the coordination systems, processes and meetings of the RCP as well as UNESCO Bangkok invovlement in UNCT activiites;
Provide support to the Director of Office to strategically position UNESCO as a key partner within the RCP and promote integrated approaches with the wider UN system in UNESCO’s fields of competence, including effective coordination with Regional Thematic Working Group on Education 2030+ and other relevant networks, the elaboration of support material and analysis to be shared with the RCP;
Support the Director of the Office in the review, development and implementation of UNSDG and other UN reform initiatives as regards UNESCO through collection, analysis and dissemination of information related to the reform, UNESCO’s involvement in the UNSDG,UNSDG global collaboration and other UN Reform and UNCT activities in the region.

Long Description

Provide assistance to the field offices in the region in enhancing communication and collaboration with the Regioal Office as well as ensuring UNESCO’s substantial integration in UNSDCFs and appropriate alignment of UNESCO’s country strategies with UNSDCFs.

Support communication related to UNESCO’s participation in UNSDG and other related regional coordination both within the RCP and UNESCO.

Support the Regional Office to develop strategic and programming documents, statutory reports and reports to ADG/PAX and UNESCO Governing Bodies regarding UNESCO’s involvment in the UNSDG and on UNSDG global collaboration in the region.

Support cooperation with other regional and intergional organizations as appropriate.

Long Description

The incumbent works within the framework of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategies (C/4s), approved Programmes and Budgets (C/5s), the Operational Strategy for the Implementation of Priority Africa and the Priority Gender Equality Action Plan as well as within the framework of international agreed development agendas as Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 for the Africa region.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (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 or equivalent) in any area of UNESCO’s competencies, international relations, public or business administration, economics or other related fields.

Work Experience

Minimum 5 years of professional experience in coordination, planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of activities, projects and/or programmes, of which 2 years acquired at international level.


Familiarity with UNESCO’s programmes, structure and priorities.

Excellent analytical skills.

Proven coordination, planning and organization skills with the ability to establish and follow plans and priorities.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, with proven ability to prepare and draft high-quality documents and reports intended for internal and/or external dissemination.

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Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish good working relationships with internal and external partners.

Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or knowledge of the United Nations common system.


Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.


Work Experience

Experience in implementation of reform processes.

Experience in field office management and/or field operations.


Good geopolitical knowledge of the region and sound analytic capacities.

Good understanding of the 2030 Agenda and UNSDG reform.


Interested candidates should click on "Apply Now", and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document). Before uploading the document, at the end of the Word document, please insert extra pages with the following required information:

An up-to-date CV stating details of educational qualifications, work experience, including prior experience of similar work

A statement indicating how your qualification and experience make you suitable for the assignment

A brief proposal (1-2 pages) discussing the approach/methodology to undertake the assignment

The proposed fee to undertake the assignment. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.


Only applications providing the information requested in the application procedure will be considered.

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

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