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National Project Officer (Education)

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
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Website United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of National Project Officer (Education) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Post Number: 6ETED0009PA

Grade: NO-C

Parent Sector: Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

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): 18-SEP-2020

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

Only Nationals of Ethiopia may apply to this position.

Duration of Contract: One (1) year with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds

Job Description


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, guidance from the Director of the UNESCO AU Liaison Office and the direct supervision of the Education Program Specialist, the incumbent will be responsible for the effective planning, implementation and monitoring of UNESCO’s work on HIV and Health Education. S/he will be responsible for providing technical expertise on key themes including comprehensive sexuality education, gender and school-related gender-based violence and HIV. The incumbent will specifically: Long Description

  • Identify opportunities for UNESCO engagement in policy development and programming on HIV, sexuality education and other health issues (within the framework of the UNESCO Strategy on Health and Well Being, national strategies, and the UNAIDS division of labour); Facilitate a process of strategic planning within UNESCO for engagement in these opportunities; Represent UNESCO in appropriate coordination forums, such as the UN Joint Teams on HIV and AIDS, interagency meetings and thematic meetings; Develop and maintain partner relations with the Ministry of Education, the UNESCO National Commission, national bodies and development partners, including civil society organizations. Provide technical guidance and guidelines for further development of their capacities and activities.

Long Description

  • Liaise with UNESCO structures, including the Section on Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters and colleagues in the Regional Office for Southern Africa, and sub-region working on HIV and AIDS, in particular the Regional HIV and AIDS team for East and Southern Africa; Support resource mobilization efforts including proposal development from UNESCO and partners, and provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education in accessing funding for the education sector response to HIV and other health issues; Support UNESCO programming on health education, in collaboration with other staff working on HIV and Health Education, with particular emphasis on interventions supporting national efforts towards HIV prevention, scaling up sexuality education, gender and school-related gender-based violence.

Long Description

  • Support timely programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting; Facilitate the provision of technical support to the Ministry of Education and other national partners especially in curriculum development; Support capacity building interventions within the education sector, through the organization of meetings and workshops to develop comprehensive action on HIV and Health and to contribute to national responses; Contribute to advocacy efforts at country level, in order to advance use of the evidence and strengthen joint UN and national responses to HIV and AIDS; Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on UNESCO’s work on HIV and Health.

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 (Masters or equivalent) in education, social sciences, public health or a relevant field.

Work Experience

  • At least four years of relevant work experience in areas related to sexual and reproductive health and education;
  • Experience in curriculum development and learning assessment;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation;
  • A track record in resource mobilization and ability to manage budgets and report on implementation.

Skills and competencies

  • Good understanding of the country, of the development work and of the education sector;
  • Extensive knowledge, and high level of technical writing skills on HIV prevention, sexuality education and school related gender based violence;
  • Ability to multi task, prioritize and deliver to deadline, as well as work under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy;
  • Excellent networking and high level representational and partnership building skills, involving a wide range of partners (including relevant Ministries, UNAIDS Co-sponsors, donors and civil society;
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Excellent knowledge of English.



  • Knowledge of at least one of the local languages.


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.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, visit UNESCO’s.

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