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Staff Professional

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2021-08-06

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Post Number : 6KEED0008RP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Nairobi

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) : 06-AUG-2021


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 position falls under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, guidance from the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, and the direct supervision of the Team Leader (Education for Health and Well-being). The Project Officer- Education for Health and Well-Being will be supporting the Team Leader Officer in managing Education for Health and Well-being programs in the ESA region, specifically, the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) Programme, and the O3 Plus supported by Sweden and Switzerland among other donors. S/he will be responsible for providing technical expertise on key thematic areas advancing comprehensive sexuality education, such as curriculum development and support, pre- and in-service teacher training, key populations and human rights. S/he will contribute to the effective planning, implementation and monitoring of UNESCO’s work on Education for Health and Well-Being. Specifically, the incumbent shall:


Orientation training, support and professional development

  • Provide support to Education for Health and Well-being programming at regional level;
  • Support recruitment and induction processes for Education for Health and Well-being staff at regional and country level;
  • Assist in organizing and facilitating training for UNESCO field staff working on education for health and well-being;
  • Provide and/or organize technical support and mentoring for UNESCO field staff working on education for health and well-being.
Long Description

Programme and technical support

  • Contribute to the implementation of regional education for health and well-being programmes, particularly supporting work on curriculum development and teacher training;
  • Support the institutionalisation of CSE and SRHR in HTEIs through policies and curriculum;
  • Support the region’s efforts to develop and implement national CSE frameworks in line with the revised International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education;
  • Support the development of promising SRHR work undertaken by UNESCO in ESA, especially the work in the areas of comprehensive sexuality education, gender and school-related gender-based violence, supporting SRH responses in higher and tertiary institutions, young key affected populations and learners with disabilities;
  • Assist in supporting the implementation of Global Indicators for monitoring education sector responses to education for health and well-being;
  • Engage in joint programming and budgeting exercises with a wide range of partners in support of UNESCO's programme at regional level, with particular attention to the following focus areas: comprehensive sexuality education, young key affected populations, gender and, gender-based violence.
Long Description

Planning, budgeting, M&E and reporting

  • Support strategic planning and budgeting for UNESCO engagement in HIV and SRHR programming in ESA, in line with UNESCO’s commitments as a UNAIDS Cosponsor;
  • Identify opportunities for UNESCO, and planning for in-house capacity building as necessary to take advantage of these opportunities;
  • Assist in developing action plans and concrete mechanisms of collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities, such as SADC and the EAC;
  • Support monitoring of project expenditure in line with the approved budget, in liaison with relevant Harare and HQ colleagues;
  • Ensure timely narrative and financial reporting on elements from the regional programme and budget portfolio falling under the incumbent's responsibility, both within UNESCO and to external donors as appropriate.

Representation and partner relations

  • Participate in appropriate regional forums, inter-agency meetings and thematic groupings as required;
  • Support increased participation by UNESCO field colleagues in UN country teams and other national development processes;
  • Support UNESCO’s participation in regional structures and processes.


Resource mobilization

  • Identify funding opportunities and support the development of project/grant proposals, including the development of results assessment frameworks (log frames) and budgets.
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 (Equivalent to Masters) in education, social sciences, public health, or closely related fields.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience, of which preferably two years acquired  at the international level.
  • Experience in teacher training and/or curriculum development.
  • Experience in joint programming i.e implementation of programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders; UN Agencies, government, CSOs etc.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of programme/projects in the field of education.
  • A track record in resource mobilization.




Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV prevention programming for young people, and comprehensive sexuality education in the context of ESA.
  • Strong representational and partnership building skills at country and regional levels, and with a wide range of partners (including ministries of education, UNAIDS and cosponsors, donors, civil society). 
  • Good understanding of the African region.
  • Extensive professional knowledge in HIV projects as well as the different partner responsibilities within the UNAIDS division of labour and familiarity with UNAIDS.
  • Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills, tact and discretion.
  • Ability to manage budgets and report on implementation.
  • Strong strategic, analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy



  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.



  • Academic or professional qualifications in the areas of HIV and sexuality education, health education or related fields.


Work Experience

  • Experience in recruitment and personnel issues.


Skills and competencies

  • Professional knowledge and understanding of HIV programming in the education sector.



  • Fluency in French.
  • Knowledge of regional languages.




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 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 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 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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