Job Description

  Post Number : PAX/PA 004 Grade : P-3 Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX) Duty Station: Paris Job Family: Programme Coordination Type of contract : Project Appointment Duration of contract : 1 year Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-MAY-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism Long Description (Duration of contract: 1 year, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance). OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST The Africa Department/Division for Priority Africa Coordination is mandated to:
  • Coordinate UNESCO's cooperation with African Member States, African IGOs and NGOs, as well as with bilateral partners and multilateral institutions;
  • Ensure cooperation with the programme sectors and field offices for the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the operational strategy for Priority Africa;
  • Contribute to the function of UNESCO's laboratory of ideas through contextual Analysis and foresight, and
  • Carry out communication activities for the visibility of UNESCO's action in Africa.
It carries out its functions through (i) the Unit for Relations with Member States, Intersectoral Cooperation and Partnerships; (ii) the Section for Cooperation with African Regional Organizations; (iii) the Unit for Social Mobilization and Communication and, (iv) the Unit for Contextual Analysis and Foresight. The work of the Division is guided by UNESCO's Governing Bodies' decisions and in alignment with both the sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030 and the objectives defined by the African Union in Agenda 2063.

Long Description The Project Officer is responsible for the coordination of partnerships (public, private, intergovernmental, regional, etc.) benefitting African Member States and will carry out that work under the guidance and supervision of the Director of the Division for Priority Africa Coordination (PAX/AFR), and in close collaboration with the Head of the Unit for Relations with African Member States and Partnerships (PAX/AFR/ASP). The Division for Priority Africa Coordination operates under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-general for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX).

Specifically, the Project Officer will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:
  • Provide necessary backstopping to activities and programmes funded by extrabudgetary funding mobilized by the Africa Department in favour of African countries and implemented at field level, in close collaboration with PAX/AFR/ASP Unit and related UNESCO Field Offices, Regional Bureaux and relevant UNESCO Institutes;
  • Contribute to policy analysis and support to staff in African Field Offices, respectively on programme development, development of tools and resources, and sharing of best practices related to programmatic areas benefitting African countries;
  • Monitor, report and capitalize on programme and project activities and support field officers in their monitoring and reporting on related activities;
  • Organis e national, sub-regional and regional events and provide Technical Support to the UNESCO team working on the related projects and events;
  • Contribute to global, regional and national activities in the five (5) thematic areas of the Organization in support of Priority Africa;
  • Assist in the monitoring of funding opportunities and potential partners, including playing an  active role in project proposai developmens, submission and follow-up thereof and maintaining working relations with stakeholders and partners;
  • Undertake other tasks which may be assigned by the Director PAX/AFR, the ADG/PAX or other staff in the Africa Department.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (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 (Masters or equivalent) in education, social sciences and/or development, economics and/or African studies.
Work Experience
  • At least four (4) years of professional experience in International Relations, political science, or in other related area.
Skills & Competencies
  • Ability to build and sustain effective partnerships inside and outside of the Organization.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with external and internal partners.
  • Ability to work in a team in an international and multicultural environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, including the use of MS software.
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.
  • Relevant experience acquired at international level.
  • Experience in the field of project/activity planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in working with Member States, preferably African Member States and/or African Regional Organizations.
  • Experience in resource mobilization and maintaining relations with African Member States.
Skills & Competencies
  • Good knowledge of the Organization and its strategic programmes.
  • Good knowledge of the African continent.
  • Good knowledge of the regional geopolitical context, challenges and priorities.
  •  Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).
BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS 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.

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SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS 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.

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