Programme Specialist (Education), Paris, France 294 views


Post Number : ED 138

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

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) : 26-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), the guidance from the Director of the Division for Peace and Sustainable Development and the direct supervision from the Chief of Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education, the incumbent will serve as Programme Specialist for UNESCO’s activities on the prevention of violent extremism through education (PVE-E) and holocaust education. Further, s/he will ensure the development and delivery of a wide spectrum of activities and projects in line with the established priorities of the Section. S/he will mobilize resources to support the Section’s work plan through the preparation of project proposals (draft and budget), cooperation frameworks, and negotiation with funding entities. S/he will manage, monitor and report on regular and extra-budgetary programme. S/he advocates organizational involvement and participation in mainstream educational activities and may guide colleagues on particular thematic areas.

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In particular, the incumbent will be expected to perform the following activities:

  • In the context of prevention of violent extremism through education:
  • Provide guidance, capacity building, advocacy and undertake corresponding fund-raising for initiatives related to the prevention of violent extremism.
  • Provide guidance, capacity building, advocacy and undertake corresponding fund-raising on the issue of antisemitism, racism, intolerance.

2. In the context of preventing and countering Hate Speech:

  • Support the implementation of the UN Secretary-General Plan of Action and Strategy against Hate Speech, as relevant to education, including through provision of guidance for education stakeholders.
  • Support In-house coordination of UNESCO activities in implementing the Plan and serve, whenever requested, as focal point for contacts with the UN Office responsible for the Plan of Action.
  • Ensure appropriate linkages with other activities of the section relating to GCED, PVE-E, Holocaust and genocide education.

3. In the context of dealing with violent pasts through education:

  • Provide guidance, capacity building, advocacy and undertake corresponding fund-raising on issues related to Holocaust and genocide education, in follow up of relevant UN General Assembly and UNESCO General Conference decisions on these matters.
  • Undertake research, provide guidance and design capacity building initiatives on dealing with traumatic pasts in history education.
  • Strengthen network of key partners in the field of Holocaust and genocide education and prevention.

4. Coordinate and ensure timely, high quality synergies with other UNESCO Sectors, Institutes and Education related areas of work relevant to her/his responsibilities.

5. Pursue and maintain strategic partnerships to advance the Section’s programmatic work related to her/his areas of focus and ensure good communication and visibility of results.

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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 the field of Social or Human Sciences, History, Education, Political Science or related fields.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience on issues related to the prevention of violence, violent extremism, or civic and citizenship education, capacity development in education, Holocaust and genocide education, of which 3 years is acquired at international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating projects/programmes.
  • Proven experience in fundraising and resource mobilization.
  • Experience in outreach activities and partnerships/network building.

Skills and competencies

  • Very good understanding of education issues and challenges related to the prevention of violence/violent extremism, hate speech and hate related crimes, Holocaust and genocide education.
  • Analytical skills and ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources as well as to prepare, present and discuss findings and recommendations clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, and to translate strategy into priorities and actions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in multicultural environments with external and internal partners.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English or French and good working knowledge of the other.


Work Experience

  • Solid working experience with government authorities at different levels and with UN coordination mechanisms.

Skills and competencies

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


  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish).


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.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment

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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