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Associate Project Officer (Education)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Beirut
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : 5LBED0005PA

Grade : P-2

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Beirut

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-MAY-2024


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


Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.


The Associate Project Officer contributes to the Multi Year Resilience Programme (MYRP) throughout its programming process through the application of theoretical and technical skills.

The Lebanon MYRP seeks to ensure that over 875,000 crisis-affected girls and boys, including adolescents have equal access to a free education, and that every student is able to learn effectively. It is about engaging with learners effectively and responding to their needs by understanding and tackling the growing web of vulnerabilities across the school-age population. The MYRP focuses on investment and programme delivery by ensuring that the most vulnerable children and adolescents living in Lebanon are supported to learn, despite the multiple crises affecting them and their families. It works to build the resilience of the education sector in its widest sense, including public/private schools, non-formal education, blended/online and digital learning. The MYRP works on increasing the trust and collaboration among the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, implementing partners, donors, international organizations and civil society. It prioritizes evidence-based programming, along with improving the availability of data and the transparency of communications.

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Associate Project Officer to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to learning outcomes and access to quality, equitable and inclusive education in Lebanon.



Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in the Arab States (hereafter referred to as the Beirut Office), and the direct supervision of the Senior National Professional Officer responsible for Education in Lebanon, the Associate Project Officer will contribute to the coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Lebanon education programmes responding to the supporting the implementation of the Five-Year General Education Plan (2021-2025) in Lebanon, the Multi Year Resilience Programme, and in strengthening partnership and coordination with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) as well as development partners in Lebanon and the Arab Region.

The Associate Project Officer will work with a relative degree of autonomy within her/his established areas of responsibility. At the same time, s/he is expected to contribute to the overall success and cohesion of the team and to regularly inform and consult her/his direct Supervisor.

The Associate Project Officer will carry out the following duties:  

1. Project Management:

  • Contribute to the conceptualization, planning, development, coordination, monitoring and implementation of initiatives with focus on the Lebanon MYRP and the 5 Year plan, in line with gender priorities and UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy, the approved Programme and Budget, the 2030 Agenda, and as per countries’ needs and priorities.
  • Develop, plan, implement, and coordinate initiatives pertinent to the assigned projects, support to scale up activities, good practices, and expand knowledge base evidence.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of MYRP activities, including supporting digital learning, promoting the teaching and learning of second languages, and scenario modelling for education in Lebanon
  • Contribute to quality assurance process of education tools, reports, guidelines and policies developed within the programme.
Long Description

2. Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Ensure timely control and monitoring of the assigned projects.
  • Draft progress reports and final narrative reports, highlighting achievements, results, challenges faced, lessons learnt, and recommendations for future action or intervention.


3. Event management and Communication:

  • Contribute to the coordination and support the organization of visibility events and activities related to the above projects, including the coordination with multiple stakeholders, event logistics, follow up with visibility matters.
  • Ensure that visibility requirements and guidelines of UNESCO, donors and partners are respected and followed in the projects, activities and events.


4. Resource Mobilization:

  • Contribute pro-actively to identify potential donors/partners and funding opportunities at regional and national level for the Beirut Office to pursue partnership development and resource mobilization for scaling up education programmes in Lebanon and the Arab Region.


5. Coordination:

  • Contribute to the coordination with key stakeholders and partners including regional, national and local authorities, UN agencies, (I)NGOs and private sector.
  • Contribute to maintaining effective and positive relationships with decentralized representatives of donors, potential donors and partners.
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.  
  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in education, management, social and human sciences, international development or related fields.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience with responsibilities gained progressively in the field of education or a related field, of which at least 1 year acquired at international level.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent project management skills, ability to coordinate complex and multiple projects and to take quality decisions.

  • Excellent coordination and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Proven ability to work with diverse team members, partners and stakeholders and build partnerships.

  • Proven ability to work effectively under pressure, to think strategically, to prioritize and manage multiple and complex tasks within tight deadlines and to deliver time-sensitive quality work.

  • Proven ability to draft high quality, clear, concise documents and reports.

  • Ability to build partnerships, work with diverse team members, partners and stakeholders.



  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English.


Work Experience

  • Experience and knowledge of development work in the education sector and a clear understanding of UNESCO's mandates and priorities in Lebanon.
  • Experience in educational project management, including planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, preferably in UN agencies.
  • Experience in working in the context of multiple crises, conflict, emergency and/or forced displacement. 



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian 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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 69,570 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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