By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Senior Programme Specialist (Education)

Dakar (Senegal)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Dakar (Senegal)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-19

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.


Post Number : 6SNED0035RP

Grade : P-5

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Dakar

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) : 19-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) and the direct supervision of the Director of the Bureau, the Senior Programme Specialist will lead the Education Programme to serve Member States in the pursuit of SDG4-Education 2030 agenda and in strengthening their education and learning systems so that they ensure quality education and training for all in Sub Saharan Africa, especially in countries under the purview of the UNESCO Dakar Office. In particular, he/she will:


  • Provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership to the education team; Coordinate the conceptualization, development and implementation of education activities across various education programme clusters of the office.
  • Lead analytical work, research and collaborative efforts to develop viable solutions and programme outcomes that address regional and national priorities and fulfil UNESCO and UN objectives.
  • Develop policies and innovative strategies in pursuit of SDG4 in the region; Ensure UNESCO leadership, coordination and monitoring of SDG4-Education 2030 in the region; Align/integrate projects and programmes with other UNESCO and UN projects and programmes; Design and lead resource mobilization to support programme implementation.
  • Provide policy advice and technical support to Member States in their education reform; Plan and execute regular programmes and extra-budgetary projects in response to regional and national strategies, including regional policy dialogue on education in the context of global issues.
  • Influence outcomes, policies and strategies developed by the Office; Ensure that relevant internal and external stakeholders receive prompt updates on programmes, projects, resources and partnerships.
  • Represent the Office and education programmes and projects to the public, donors and throughout the UN System, nurturing high-level partnerships, sponsorships and collaboration; Enable the efficient carrying out of joint programmes and projects.
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. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS




  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Education, Economics, Social Sciences or related fields.


Work Experience


  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of education, of which at least 5 years  at the international level.
  • Proven experience in development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects related to education.
  • Experience in results-based management, including planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in fund-raising and resource mobilization.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing staff and teams.


Skills and competencies


  • Demonstrated ability to establish partnerships and to ensure a high level coordination and cooperation among relevant stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to establish plans and priorities as well as implementing them effectively.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners.




  • Excellent knowledge of French or English and good knowledge of the other language.




  • Advanced university degree (Ph.D) or equivalent.
  • Statistics and ICT conversant background.



Skills and competencies


  • Knowledge of one or more of the following fields: pedagogy, teacher education, gender equality, curriculum planning, or economics of education.




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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.