Project Coordinator, Apia, Samoa

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

Country: Samoa

City: Apia

Office: UNESCO Office in Apia

Closing date: Thursday, 26 January 2023


Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Apia

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Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Level : Level 4

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 26/01/2023

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

Only Samoan Nationals or Candidates with the legal right to live and work in Samoa can apply


The UN Joint Programme "Samoa Spotlight Initiative to End Domestic violence and Intimate Partner Violence" is a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The initiative places SDG 5 at the center of efforts with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Spotlight provides a model for partnership with donors, civil society, and all UN partners, to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise.

The Spotlight Initiative in Samoa builds on existing Government commitments to ending domestic and intimate partner violence and cultural, sport, youth and civil society institutions in Samoa that support ending violence against women and girls. The programme will contextualize international best practice in preventing and responding to violence and learn from emerging practice on what works in Samoa. The UN organizations implementing the programme in Samoa are: UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF.

Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Director of the Office and the direct supervision of the Culture Programme Specialist, the incumbent will: 1. Manage implementation, coordinate execution by implementing partners, and monitor the activities in the frame the Spotlight Initiative in accordance with the project’s approved programme, work plan and budget;
2. Facilitate the effective coordination between partners working on the Spotlight Initiative, enabling links between the activities carried out by UNESCO partners and ensuring effective collaboration with the SI UN partners and CSO-NRG;
Long Description

3. Provide assistance in the procurement process for new partners for Spotlight Initiative project;
4. Oversee, when relevant, the quality of the partner deliverables in by the contractors and relevant partners by ensuring that the expected outputs from the project are delivered in time and in line with the signed contractual arrangements;
Long Description

5. Participate in meetings and site visits as required to facilitate the implementation of the project and oversee on-site activities;
6. Contribute to the reporting obligations under the Spotlight Initiative by compiling inputs from implementing partners in a timely manner;
7. Ensure visibility to the project through partners‘ promotional events and production of publicity material such as, press and web articles, radio interviews, and social media content.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)


Skills and competencies

Strong inter-personal skills especially oral and written communication skills, attention to detail

Good organizational, planning, coordinating, monitoring and reporting skills.

Ability to work as part of a team, to take initiative and to provide quality and timely support and services.

Discretion and capacity to deal efficiently and tactfully with people of different cultural backgrounds.

Ability to prioritize and manage own work and perform under minimum supervision. Capacity to work under pressure.

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



University degree BA, or equivalent in Social Sciences, Pedagogical Studies or other relevant field

Work Experience

Minimum of 5 years work experience in community engagement or relevant project coordination experience.

Previous experience in projects focusing on GBV prevention would be an advantage.

Good ICT skills with proficiency in the use of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)


Excellent knowledge of English and Samoan.



Certificate/training in project management or related field

Work Experience

Proven experience in planning, coordinating, follow-up and engagement with various stakeholders in implementation of programme/project activities.

Relevant experience within the United Nations system or in an international organization.


Good knowledge of another language from the Pacific region.


This assignment is a full-time nature under UNESCO Service Contract Modality at the level of SC9 and will follow the official working hours of the UNESCO office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa. The assignment will be until 31 December 2023 starting from the date a contract is signed by both parties. Appointment to this post is subject to medical clearance by a UN designated Physician. Estimated monthly salary is WST 4,435. UNESCO will make a contribution up to a maximum of 10% for pension and 5% for medical as its sole contribution. Further information regarding contractual modality as well as the applicable benefits package will be provided for short-listed candidates only.


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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