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Programme Assistant- CapED Programme

Maputo (Mozambique)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Maputo (Mozambique)
  • Grade: GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-01

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Post Number : 6MZED 0010PA

Grade : G-5

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Maputo

Job Family: General Administrative Support

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 01-DEC-2020


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



(Only candidates who are entitled to work in Mozambique may apply to this position).

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


The incumbent will work under the overall authority of the UNESCO Representative in Mozambique Head of the Office and the direct supervision of the CapED Coordinator in Mozambique. She /he will provide secretarial and administrative support to the implementation of CaPED Programme. In accordance with the project work plan for the CaPED Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the collection of information, maintenance of records and preparation of documentation and correspondence pertaining to support the planning and implementation of the programme activities. More specifically, the incumbent will: 


Long Description
  • Provide secretarial and administrative support to the CapED Programme officers and other Education Officers at the Country Office when it is necessary.
  • Ensure required data entries for the creation and follow up of requisitions the UNESCO ERP system. 
  • Review and follow up on request for purchase orders submitted by the implementing partners.
  • Support on preparation of supporting documentation for the hiring of consultants and follow up on delivery of services and payments.
  • Prepare all international and in country travel and DSA (daily subsistence allowance – per diem) requests and follow up on related payments and liquidations of outstanding advances of DSA.
  • Place, receive and screen telephone calls and answer with discretion. 
Long Description
  • Collect data and information on programme matters pertinent for the implementation of the programme; distributes relevant material to programme officers and to counterparts and implementing partners.
  • Distribute work assigned to the various programme officers and maintains a follow-up system.
  • Draft, types and ensures follow up of routine correspondence and attends matters of clerical nature for the programme.
  • Manage and maintains a filing system of projects and of counterparts and implementing partners.
  • Organize training events, meetings and workshops (including sending out invitation, photocopying and organization of background material on agenda contents, attendance lists, following up with vendors, etc.).
  • Assist assigned programme officers in controlling the status of reporting of component projects in particular with regards to annual final reports and to donors. 
  • Prepare background material, working papers and logistical support for all related to the programme.
  • Take minutes at the programme meetings.
  • Translate working documents from Portuguese to English and vice versa as required.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Head of Office and Representative.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (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


  • Completed secondary, technical and/or vocational school.

Work experience

  • At least five (5) years of relevant administrative work experience in administrative, secretarial support of project/programmes or related field.

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to draft correspondence and correct documents.
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills.
  • Discretion and capacity to deal with people of different cultural backgrounds efficiently and tactfully.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to take initiatives and to provide quality and timely support and services.
  • Flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities; capacity to work effectively under pressure.


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.

Work experience

  • Working experience in similar functions in the UN system.
  • Experience in programme/project support in an international environment.
  • Experience in project management and implementation.

Skills & competencies

  • Knowledge of UNESCO's rules and its programme fields of competence.
  • Good working knowledge in education (especially in the field of adult learning and education and Non Formal Education).


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of Portuguese.
  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, 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.


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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. 

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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.


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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 highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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