Programme Specialist (Education), Apia, Samoa 423 views

Programme Specialist (Education), Apia, Samoa



Post Number : 4WSED0006RP

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Apia

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-DEC-2019

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


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED) and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Office in Apia (Samoa), the incumbent will be responsible for the development, planning, implementation and management of activities and projects under the Education portfolio of the Office in the countries covered within the Cluster (i.e. Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). The incumbent will perform the following essential tasks:

  • Promote UNESCO’s Education Programme within the Pacific Region through the coordination and monitoring of activities and projects aimed at identifying the strategic issues, priorities, opportunities and risks of Member States, so as to effectively integrate them into Organizational work plan objectives.
  • Conceptualize, develop and implement activities and projects that give particular consideration, within the context of the Pacific Region, to the precepts of key policy drivers such as Goal 4 (Quality Education) of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action, the Samoa Pathway, and the Pacific Education Development Framework, with the aim of improving access, equity and the quality of education.
  • Provide technical support and expert advice to related Government Ministries and other key development stakeholders, including National Commissions, in order to support policy formulation, project implementation and the strengthening of national institutions integral to capacity building in education.
  • Collaborate and build strategic partnerships and professional networks internally and with external actors in order to bolster implementation and monitoring efforts, as well as to benefit from the pooling of resources and other operational synergies.
  • Participate in joint UN programming activities related to education and ensure UNESCO’s contribution and representation, where required, in UN Country Team(s) (UNCT), UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Delivering As One framework in the Member Countries.
  • Locate and mobilize resources to support the Education strategy and planning through the preparation of concept notes, project proposals and cooperation frameworks with donor agencies and Member States.
  • Lead and supervise the Office’s Education team.

Long Description

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)

Accountability (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Building partnerships (M)

Driving and managing change (M)

Leading and empowering others (M)

Making quality decisions (M)

Managing performance (M)

Strategic thinking (M)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework .



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Education, Economics, Social Sciences or related fields.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in one or several subject areas of education, of which at least 3 years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in planning, development, implementation, management and evaluation of educational programmes/projects.
  • Experience in fund raising and resource mobilization.

Skills and competencies

  • Analytical skills and ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources.
  • Proven ability to identify emerging educational trends and needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, and to translate strategy into priorities and action.
  • Ability to coordinate, negotiate and deal with partners and networks in private and public sectors.
  • Proven ability to prepare, present and discuss findings and recommendations clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrated skills in results-based planning, management, monitoring and evaluation.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.



  • Advanced university degree (Ph.D. or equivalent).

Work Experience

  • Professional experience acquired in the Pacific Region or in a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in other regions.

Skills and competencies

  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System.


  • Good knowledge of French.


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 and UNESCO’s career website .


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.


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UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution ( last update ) and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. 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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