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Consultant - Inclusive Basic Education

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Disability Rights
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Bangkok

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-Sep-2021


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






Under the commitment to ensure ‘inclusive and equitable quality education’ and promote ‘lifelong learning for all’ as part of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), the Asia-Pacific region has made a significant progress in terms of both access and quality of education. However, millions of children from disadvantaged groups are kept out or pushed out of education systems through decisions leading to exclusion from curricula, irrelevant learning objectives, stereotyping in textbooks, discrimination in resource allocation and assessments, tolerance of violence and neglect of needs. In addition, the prolonged school closure during the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing inequalities and stalled global progress to meet the promise of ‘leave no one behind’.   


In order to address inclusion in education issues, the Inclusive Basic Education programme at UNESCO Bangkok supports the promotion of inclusive, equitable and quality early childhood care and education and pre-primary education, primary education and secondary education (lower and upper) in the region as a human right. UNESCO Bangkok, as a chair of Asia Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG) and the Disability-Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group, has worked collaboratively with partners to raise awareness and remove persistent inequalities in the educational attainment of ethnolinguistic minorities and children with disabilities.





Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Chief of Section Inclusive Quality Education (IQE), and daily guidance of the Team Leader of Inclusive Basic Education (IBE), the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:


  1. Support the coordination and implementation of activities under the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (MLE WG);
    1. Conduct the relevant desk research for the regional language-in-education mapping and prepare country profiles of 46 countries in Asia and the Pacific region
    2. Coordinate and assist in regional MLE assessment study
    3. Prepare and organize regional MLE WG webinar series
    4. Maintain and update MLE WG website and MTB-MLE page under UNESCO Bangkok website
  2. Support activities under the Disability-Inclusive Education in Asia-Pacific Working Group;
  3. Support and assist, as required, the implementation of related activities under the framework of the regional programme on Inclusive Basic Education, mainly by assisting in the organization of seminars, meetings, capacity development workshops, research, communications, etc; and
  4. Assist in the fund mobilization for IE related activities.
Long Description

In line with UNESCO’s overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the incumbent is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts whenever feasible.

Expected Deliverables/Outputs:



  Deliverables Deadline for Submission 1
  • Draft country profile of Cambodia, Thailand, Viet Nam and Lao PDR
  • Draft concept note for regional MLE assessment study
31 October 2021 2
  • Draft country profile of Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, ROK and Japan
  • Draft article for International Day of Persons with Disabilities
30 November 2021 3
  • Draft country profile of Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Timor-Leste
  • Draft minutes of MLE WG
31 December 2021 4
  • Draft country profile of China, DPRK, Mongolia 
  • Draft concept note for MLE WG regional webinar
31 January 2022 5
  • Draft country profile of Australia and Fiji
  • Op-Ed piece to celebrate International Mother Language Day
  • Draft minutes of MLE WG
28 February 2022 6
  • Draft country profile of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Tuvalu and Niue, Kiribati and Tonga
  • Draft project proposal on MLE/IE/CWDs/EiE
31 March 2022 7
  • Draft country profile of Cook Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
30 April 2022




  • Draft country profile of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and India
  • Draft minutes of MLE WG
  • Draft concept note for MLE WG regional webinar
31 May 2022 9
  • Draft country profile of Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
30 June 2022 10
  • Draft country profile of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
  • Draft project proposal on MLE/IE/CWDs/EiE
31 July 2022 11
  • Final country profile of 46 countries in AP region
31 August 2022


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



  • Master’s degree in the field of social sciences, international studies, education, or related fields.


Work Experience

  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the area of inclusive education.



  • Proven conceptual and analytical skills especially in inclusive education
  • Good research skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and maintain effective team cooperation.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and software
  • Capacity to work independently and in a timely manner



  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken) 


  • Familiarity with the Asia-Pacific context
  • Previous experience working with United Nations, international organizations or government agencies is an advantage


Interested individuals are invited to submit to UNESCO Bangkok office the specific requirements as below through 


Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document) in ‘Employment History Form / My Documents’. Before uploading the document, at the end of the word document, please insert the extra pages with the following required information:

  • An up-to-date CV stating details of educational qualifications, work experience, including prior experience of similar work
  • A list of past work or reports/publications written with hyperlinks to access such paper if they are available online or samples of such papers if they are only available offline.
  • A brief motivation letter
  • A brief proposal (1-2 pages) discussing the approach/methodology to undertake the assignment and the proposed fee


The complete application shall be submitted on or before 17 September 2021 17:00 Bangkok time.




  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.


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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. 

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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