Programme Specialist Sustainable Development Goal 4 /Learning Outcomes, P3, Project Appointment – UNESCO Institute for Statistics 121 views

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Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall administrative authority as well as direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Programme Specialist will assist in the coordination and implementation of UIS activities in the areas of learning outcomes, learning assessment, literacy, monitoring, and the global metric. The incumbent will:

  1. Contribute to the coordinating role of Learning Outcomes in Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) in general and in particular to the effective functioning of the Technical Cooperation group to education 2030 and its regional expansion and the of the Learning Outcomes section through:

a) Funding proposals: Contribute to drafting of new funding proposals in the areas covered by Learning Outcomes. Follow-up on existing funding proposals, draft narrative reports and provide updates to partners.

b) Support the coordination of regional workshops and consultations: Organize regional workshops or consultation meetings, as required, helping to identify potential partners, managing meeting logistics and preparing documents, presentations, etc.

c) Prepare programme/project related budget.

d) Draft consultant terms of reference (ToR), monitor timeliness, and qualitative aspects of deliverables.

e) Coordinate the team

  1. Coordinate and contribute to the work of The Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML):

a) Provide support to the implementation of an information sharing portal/webpage, gathering documentation for portal, and communication with partners.

b) Consolidate feedback from technical consultations with assessment experts.

  1. Perform any additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work team as assigned or as requested by the supervisor.


A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:

Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Results focus
  • Planning and organizing
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

For detailed information please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework

Required qualifications


  • Advanced university degree in statistics or in a closely related numeric discipline (such as demography, economics or applied mathematics) or in the fields of social sciences with a substantial applied statistics component or equivalent professional qualification.

Work Experience

  • Minimum four (4) years of relevant professional experience in learning outcomes related to assessment of learning skills – of which at least one year acquired at the international level within a UN or similar agency or in a government ministry preferred.
  • Experience in educational statistics.
  • Experience in SDG4 measurement and reporting.
  • Experience in training and making oral presentations to targeted audiences.
  • Work experience in developing countries and sound knowledge of issues related to assessment of learning outcomes is an asset.
  • Experience working in the area of Learning Outcomes (LO) or closely related field would be an asset.

Skills and competencies

  • Good (oral and written) communication skills.
  • Strong drafting skills.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and analyse information from various sources.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations within a multi-cultural environment and to work effectively within a team, under tight time constraints.


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.

Desirable qualifications

Work Experience

  • Relevant experience at international level.

Skills and competencies

  • Knowledge of the United Nations (UN) System.
  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s operations and administrative procedures.


  • Good knowledge of French.


An assessment exercise may be used in the evaluation of candidates

  • To apply, please send your application letter, UNESCO CV (CV Form to be used) and a list of 3 references (name, title, organization, address, telephone, email, including at least one current or former direct supervisor), by email: [email protected] , mentioning FAMILY NAME PA25 LO (e.g. SMITH PA25 LO).
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in both your e-mail and application letter where you saw this posting (

Application files will have to reach the UIS before 31 August 2019midnight (Montreal time)

Benefits and entitlements

UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, as well as exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. More details can be found on the ICSC Website.

Please note that UNESCO is a no-smoking Organization.

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