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National Project Officer (Non-formal Education Planning, Implementation and Coordination)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Post Number : 4AFED0024TA

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Kabul

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Temporary Appointment

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 12-DEC-2023


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



Duration of contract: 7-11 months with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions at the same level.



UNESCO strives to promote education in Afghanistan as a fundamental human right while aiming to provide access to quality, relevant and inclusive education for all. The Office focuses on ensuring access to and quality of adult literacy and non-formal education. Through its education programmes and projects, UNESCO is advancing Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education (YALBE) in Afghanistan as the leading UN Agency through:

  • Increasing access to and demand for Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education through provision of Basic General Literacy and pre-vocational skills to youth and adults in addition to raising awareness on the right to education within communities.
  • Ensuring the quality of Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education through the development of educational resources for YALBE; and
  • Coordinating the YALBE sub-sector through leading the Platform for Youth and Adult Education.

UNESCO’s vital role in empowering women and adolescent girls in Afghanistan is demonstrated through its provision of Basic General Literacy throughout the country, which is the biggest intervention within UNESCO’s YALBE programme. Currently, UNESCO is providing Basic General Literacy to over 25,000 youth and adults (over 60% women and adolescent girls) in 20 provinces. UNESCO Kabul Office is recruiting a National Project Officer to support planning, implementation and coordination of its Youth and Adults Literacy and Basic Education programme. 


Under the overall authority of the Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO in Afghanistan, the overall supervision of the Head of Education, and the direct supervision of Literacy Programme Team Lead, the incumbent will contribute to the planning, implementation, and coordination of the YALBE programme including by liaising with implementing partners (IPs) and other relevant counterparts at national and sub-national levels. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following: 

Long Description

1. Planning

  • Support the development of detailed work plans for literacy related projects, including regularly reviewing and refining project activities and adjusting financial plans as necessary.
  • Develop financial plan including plan for procurement of goods and services and ensure delivery of teaching and learning materials to the project beneficiaries.
  • In close collaboration with the Quality team of YALBE programme, develop training and supervision plans for Training of Master training and its cascading to literacy facilitators.


2. Implementation

  • Support the Literacy Programme team lead in achieving project goals and milestones ensuring timely delivery of project activities by the IPs and the relevant team members.
  • Follow up on contract implementation; collect, review and process technical and financial reports form IPs, ensure their completeness and quality, and disburse fund installments in a timely manner.
  • Systematically capture best practices, lessons learned, and innovations in literacy programming. Use feedback loops to integrate lessons into ongoing project planning and implementation.



3. Coordination

  • Act as the focal point for direct communication with IPs regularly to ensure smooth project implementation and identify and address bottlenecks in consultation with the relevant Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning team.
  • Oversee and coordinate the Complaints and Feedback Mechanism (CFM) of the literacy programme by collecting, analyzing data, follow up, producing/disseminating regular reports related to CFM.
  • Support effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and lessons to intended audiences with a view to improving programme performance and contributing to wider learning.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Education, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development Studies or related area. 


Work Experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in project planning, implementation and coordination in the field of education. 
  • Experience in implementing programmes/projects in education at national level.


Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent project management skills, including results-based management, financial management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Excellent coordination and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure, to manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to details and quality of work.
  • Strong IT skills including good knowledge of standard office software and online collaboration tools. 



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and of Dari/Farsi and/or Pashto.

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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 48,184 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. 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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