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National Project Officer (Education)

Maseru (Lesotho)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Maseru (Lesotho)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-14

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Post Number : 6NAED0001PA

Grade : NO-C

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Lesotho

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) : 14-MAR-2020


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


Only nationals of Lesotho may apply for this position. 


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Education, guidance from the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, and the direct supervision of the Senior Project Officer (HIV and Health Education), the incumbent will be responsible for the effective planning, implementation and monitoring of UNESCO’s work on HIV and Health Education. S/he will be responsible for providing technical expertise on key themes including comprehensive sexuality education, gender and school-related gender-based violence and HIV.

The incumbent will specifically:

Long Description
  • Identify opportunities for UNESCO engagement in policy development and programming on HIV, sexuality education and other health issues. (within the framework of the UNESCO Strategy on Health and Well Being, national strategies, and the UNAIDS division of labour).
  • Facilitate a process of strategic planning within UNESCO for engagement in these opportunities.
  • Represent UNESCO in appropriate coordination forums, such as the UN Joint Teams on HIV and AIDS, inter-agency meetings and thematic meetings;
  • Develop and maintain partner relations with the Ministry of Education, the UNESCO National Commission, national bodies and development partners, including civil society organizations. Provide technical guidance and guidelines for further development of their capacities and activities;
  • Liaise with UNESCO structures, including the Section on Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters and colleagues in the Regional Office for Southern Africa, and sub-region working on HIV and AIDS, in particular the Regional HIV and AIDS team for East and Southern Africa;
Long Description
  • Support resource mobilization efforts including proposal development from UNESCO and partners, and provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education in accessing funding for the education sector response to HIV and other health issues;
  • Support UNESCO programming on health education, in collaboration with other staff working on HIV and Health Education, with particular emphasis on interventions supporting national efforts towards HIV prevention, scaling up sexuality education, gender and school-related gender-based violence;
  • Support timely programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) education, social sciences, public health or a relevant field.


Work experience

  • A minimum of four years of relevant work experience in areas related to sexual and reproductive health and education.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation.


Skills and competencies 

  • A track record in resource mobilization and ability to manage budgets and report on implementation;
  • Strong understanding of the country, of the development work and of the education sector;
  • Extensive knowledge, and high level of technical writing skills on HIV prevention, sexuality education and school related gender based violence;
  • Ability to multi task, prioritize and deliver to deadline, as well as work under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy;
  • Excellent networking and high level representational and partnership building skills, involving a wide range of partners (including relevant Ministries, UNAIDS Cosponsors, donors and civil society).



  • Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of one of the languages of Lesotho. 



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 achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. 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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