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17 May 2018

Full-time UNESCO: Senior Programme Specialist Vacancy

Nigeria Job bucket Staff Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Job Description

Today, UNESCO’s message has never been more important. We must create holistic policies that are capable of addressing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. This new thinking on sustainable development reaffirms the founding principles of the Organization and enhances its role:

The Job : Senior Programme Specialist

Job Status: Full Time Job,Graduate/Exp

Remuneration: Attractive,

Location: Nigeria

Job Profile

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Abuja Office, the incumbent will lead the design, coordination, execution and evaluation of the education programme and projects of UNESCO Abuja Multi-sectoral Regional Office for West Africa, and play a significant role in policy and strategy direction, development and integration and resource optimization.

The incumbent will also undertake the role of team leader, with the direct supervision of professional education staff of the Regional, National and Antenna offices, providing advice on the most appropriate way to integrate regional, sub-regional and country concerns in UNESCO’s strategies, policies, programmes and projects in the field of education.

In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for the following areas:


Provide the strategic and operational leadership for the education team
Design and implement policy research and capacity development programmes in education
Lead collaborative efforts to develop sound working tools and viable project outcomes that address national priorities
Programme Design and Management
Supervise and coordinate the conceptualization, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education sector-wide activities in collaboration with and at the request of the national authorities and other stakeholders in the country, such as the Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) project and large-scale extra-budgetary projects on education
Translate work plans and priorities into programmes and projects
Representation, Policy Advice, Knowledge and Expertise Exchange
Participate pro-actively in Development Partner Education Working Groups, such as the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF)
Establish and pursue alliances on cross-organizational and inter-disciplinary work and develop working frameworks and systemic approaches to increase capacity
Develop policies and innovative strategies
Ensure effective consultation and collaboration with national offices and antennas in policy and technical support to Member States, particularly in the field of strategic policy formulation, planning and management
Represent UNESCO at national events as well as UN and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) coordination mechanisms, including the United Nations Country Team for Nigeria
Administrative Management and Staff Development
Supervise and motivate the education team – set objectives, monitor and evaluate performance, provide guidance and ensure the staff’s continuous learning and professional development
Oversee the management of budgets
Resource Mobilization
Lead the strengthening of partnerships with external organizations, such as UN agencies, international/regional organizations, multinational and bilateral agencies, universities, research institutes, NGO/s Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) as well as the private sector to support national policy formulation and review and the development of national education strategies and plans
Ensure the diversification of resources for education projects and programmes, including proactive funds mobilization




Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in education, social sciences or related fields

Work Experience

Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of education, of which at least 5 years acquired at international level and at least 3 years at national level
Proven experience in development, implementation and evaluation of programs/projects related to education
Demonstrated experience in effective management of staff and teams
Skills and competencies
Strong analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to establish plans and priorities as well as implementing them effectively
Proven ability to communicate, advocate, and negotiate with staff and stakeholders at all levels within and outside the Organization
Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities; strong sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness
Proven ability to lead and motivate team and staff and to maintain effective working relationship in a multi-cultural environment
Demonstrated fund-raising and resource mobilization skills
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely in English and French
Good IT skills including knowledge of office software (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
Excellent knowledge of English or French (written and spoken) and good knowledge of the other language



Specialization in educational development, education planning and management
Work Experience
Experience in education sector policy and planning
Management of a multi-sectoral team
Skills and competencies
Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN system
Good knowledge of and/or work experience in the Africa region
Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish)

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