United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Senior Education Policy Analyst (Program Manager)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description

  Post Number : 6SNIEP0035PA Grade : P-4 Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED) Duty Station: Dakar 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-FEB-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism ​​​​​​Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance. 

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT IIEP-UNESCO Dakar is the International Institute for Educational Planning’s (IIEP) Africa-based office located in Dakar, Senegal. IIEP is a UNESCO specialized institute with a mandate to strengthen Member States’ capacity to plan and manage their education systems. The IIEP-UNESCO Dakar, is renowned for its cutting edge educational sector analyses and supports African countries in developing realistic and credible education system Development Plans in support of the Education 2030 agenda, an essential part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Through a well-crafted and targeted Capacity Development approach, IIEP-UNESCO Dakar contributes to the creation of diagnostic analyses, sector plans and pedagogical tools. In concert, these contribute to more relevant and sustainable educational policies across Africa. IIEP-UNESCO Dakar is also actively involved in knowledge creation for the education sector in Africa. For more information about its activities please follow this link IIEP-UNESCO Dakar OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST Under the authority of the Director of IIEP, and the direct supervision of IIEP-Dakar Head of Office, the incumbent will lead the Technical Cooperation (TC) team of the office in its activities of supporting the Analysis, planning, implementation, management, and monitoring of education and training policies in Africa. The TC team also includes two major projects, the Quality Management program and the Platform of expertise in vocational training. The work conducted and subsequent outputs will be subject to internal validation procedures under the responsibility of the Head of Office.

1. Lead the TC work
  • Lead the team’s agenda, taking account of country requests, thematic priorities, and available expertise;
  • Lead the policy dialog with countries and development partners in the identification of their needs and the support that IIEP can provide;
  • Guide and supervise the preparation of technical proposals for the projects;
  • Provide support, guidance, and mentorship to the team;
  • Ensure: the Quality Control of the outputs (drafts reports, ToRs, etc.); the M&E of the team's projects; the staff supervision and performance review; and that adequate expertise is present in the Team to respond to member countries’ request and advise the Head of Office on staffing needs.
2.    Take active participation in the support to countries:
  • Support the development of education sector analysis;
  • Support the discussions and definition of educational policy trade-offs and the development of national strategy documents (education policy notes, expenditure medium term financial framework, simulation models, sector plan…);
  • Support the identification and the development of systems, methodologies, and tools to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of national policies;
  • Support Ministries of Education and development partners in preparing of national Joint Sector Reviews;
  • Ensure that relevant and adequate capacity development of national teams is integrated and successfully provided in all above activities.
3.    Support the Training Team and contribute to the training program by contributing to the Content Development and training delivery.

4.   Contribute to the Research and Development program of IIEP-Dakar, in support to the R&D team, by contributing to the needs identification, developing methodologies and tools to capitalize on and support the TC work, and of research to contribute to knowledge generation.

5.    Contribute, in collaboration with the Communication team, to the production, use and dissemination of information on African education sectors.

6.    Support international initiatives for the SDG agenda and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA).

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Driving and managing change (M) Leading and empowering others (M) Making quality decisions (M) Managing performance (M) Strategic thinking (M) Building partnerships (M) For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Statistics, Education or other relevant Social Sciences with a strong quantitative and qualitative analysis focus.
Work Experience
  • Minimum seven (7) years of relevant working experience in the fields of education sector analysis, planning and management of education systems of which preferably three (3) years acquired at international level.
  • Experience working with ministries of education in African countries and development partners.
Skills and Competencies
  • Demonstrable knowledge of statistical and econometric techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge and use of statistical software such SPSS, SAS, STATA and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of African education systems.
  • Good knowledge of the problems of education in the context of developing countries particularly in Africa.
  • Ability to undertake regular missions, especially in diverse and challenging contexts.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lead teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of French and good knowldge of English.
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 Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a written assessment exercise followed by a competency-based oral interview.

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