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UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Geneva


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Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 14-JUL-2024


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




The International Bureau of Education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IBE) Office in Geneva is seeking applications for a Programme Assistant in the Technical Assistance Unit to Member States in Curriculum-related matters.





IBE’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of member states to design, develop, and implement curricula that ensure the equity, quality, development-relevance and resource efficiency of education and learning systems.


IBE-UNESCO’s mandate strategically positions it to support member states’ efforts to implement Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) ‘Quality education for all’ and indeed, other SDGs that depend for their success on effective education and learning systems.


Technical Assistance (TA) is one of the main activities of the IBE. It focuses on all curriculum-related topics on which the IBE has the greatest comparative advantage. IBE’s TA is based on experience and knowledge gained in various regions of the world and countries at different levels of development.

Long Description

 IBE’s TA is provided “at the request” of the beneficiary countries to strengthen human and institutional capacities at national and local levels through missions undertaken by IBE staff and/or high-level international experts in the field of curricula, the development of tools and capacity building activities among others. Since each country is responsible for its own development, the role of the IBE is to support national efforts, not to replace it.


The objectives of technical assistance are to:


  1. Strengthening institutional capacity
  2. Ensure ownership and sustainability at national, departmental and local levels
  3. Ensure the participation of all stakeholders


Purpose and scope


In the scope of its 2022-2025 Medium-Term Strategy, IBE is currently undertaking the drafting, launching and implementation of technical assistance projects to Member States as the development of practical and technical tools to accompany countries in curricular reform and transformation processes. The Programme Assistant will therefore contribute to the production and implementation of documents and projects related to the aforementioned activities. 

Long Description

Work assignment


Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO-IBE Director and the direct authority of the Head of the Technical Assistance unit, the Programme Assistant shall undertake the work assignment as follow:


       Technical Assistance: 

       Support to:

  • The Education for Health and Well-being education programme implementation.
  • Production of technical and financial offers for IBE’s technical assistance to Member States.
  • Implementation of project activities (ToR for hiring consultants, managing consultants work and insuring quality control; technical and logistical organization of activities).
  • Production of practical guides for curriculum reform and transformation (on overall reform as well as on themed-based axis of transformation).
  • Support to Gender-related technical assistance.

Long Description


       Support to:

  • Production of content for training on Health and Well-Being education.
  • Delivery implementation of training activities on Health and Well-Being education.


       Institutional development

       Contribute to:

  • Supporting the Director in the organisational and institutional development process of the IBE.
  • Supporting resource mobilization and strategic partnerships in alignment with the new strategy.




Monthly progress evidence reports on milestones achieved in the execution of tasks listed above.


COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (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 the field Education, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Economics, or any related field.  
  • At least five years of professional experience in the field of Education, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Economics, or any related field.
  • Experience in project design and implementation.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.


  • Work experience in the UN organization or other multilateral organizations.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the UN mandates in relation to Human Rights and Gender Equality issues.


Interested individuals are invited to submit to UNESCO-IBE the specific requirements through its Success Factors portal at UNESCO careers website.  

Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document) in ‘Employment History Form / My Documents’.

Before uploading the document, at the end of the word document, please insert the extra pages with the following required information:

A written proposal comprising:

  • An up-to-date CV stating details of educational qualifications, work experience, including prior experience of similar work,
  • A brief proposal (1-2 pages) outlining the approach/methodology to undertake the assignment and,
  • A competitive fee for the assignment expressed on a monthly basis.


The complete application shall be submitted on or before 14 July 2024; midnight, Geneva time.


Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.



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.

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

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