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Education Policy Officer (MGIEP)

New Delhi (India)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-30

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Post Number : 4INEDPA045GI

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: New Delhi

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) : 30-SEPT-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 performance.




The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is UNESCO’s category 1 Research Institute that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world. The Institute is looking for a Policy Officer who will in charge of following duties in the field of Education:


Support and research of policy issues

  • Contribute to the identification of relevant policy issues within the eSDG4 and the broader educational agenda. 
  • Assist to define and document policy issues and provide potential solutions drawing from science of learning, traditional education and supporting evidence.
  • Use a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, ensuring credibility of information and evidence sourced.
  • Maintain awareness of local and global policy developments within the educational sphere.


Coordinate Stakeholder Consultation

  • Coordinate with the various project teams at the Institute and develop an overall policy strategy.
  • Coordinate with relevant divisions and field offices of UNESCO to facilitate dialogue with member states on relevant policies recommended from Institute studies and projects.
  • Recommend appropriate stakeholder engagement methods.
  • Ensure objectives for stakeholder consultation are clearly defined prior to engaging stakeholders.
  • Assist the identification of interested or affected stakeholder groups.
  • Coordinate consultation with interested or affected stakeholders across all stages of the policy development process.
  • Contribute to and develop Ministerial briefings and submissions on policy matters.
  • Manage stakeholder feedback mechanisms.


Contribute to policy analysis and development

  • Draft policy and associated documents within SDG 4 and in particular SDG4.7.
  • Assess and interpret a range of information and identify gaps in data or sources.
  • Assess policy options using a range of techniques including cost benefit analysis, and social impact analysis.
  • Incorporate feedback from stakeholder engagement processes into the development of policy solutions.
  • Support development of policy within a range of legislative and administrative frameworks and in particular UNESCO policy processes. 
  • Draft or contribute to the development of a range of policy documentation.

Support policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation

  • Contribute to the development of supporting infrastructure and processes for policy implementation.
  • Contribute to the development of appropriate policy evaluation criteria and monitoring approaches.
  • Evaluate and review policy effectiveness using a range of techniques and tools, including monitoring and analysis of performance indicators.
  • Identify and recommend possible improvements to the policy.


Provide advice on policy matters

  • Respond to moderately complex requests for policy advice.
  • Maintain an understanding of broader Departmental, political, social, and economic environments in the development of policy advice.
  • Undertake research and analysis to support policy advice.
  • Summarise information and evidence via minutes, briefs, submissions, reports, updates or statements.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders and ensuring effective communication.
  • Maintain accurate records of policy advice, including key discussions, decisions, handwritten and electronic notes.
  • Apply broader strategic direction in policy advice.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Driving and managing change (M) Building partnerships (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’s Degree) in Education, Policy studies, Peace studies, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Human Rights, Economics, sciences of learning, Neuroscience\Cognitive Science, or other education-related sciences. 

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience in the field of education related to research, policy, teaching, curriculum development, pedagogy, technology, social and emotional learning, sciences of learning\neurosciences, and\or planning in a governmental, multilateral, academic or civil society organization.
  • Proven policy, advisory and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials, government, and external partners in an international context.
  • Experience in programme and project management, such as programme design and results monitoring, in areas related to education.
  • Experience in national and community-level education-related initiatives and programmes.
  • Experience in transforming research findings into policy.

Skills and Competencies

  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction, and priorities.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive research, interpretation, and critical analysis skills.
  • Ability to efficiently manage and share information and knowledge.
  • Capacity to lead integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability.
  • Able to catalyze new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to engage with a diverse group of partners from a range of disciplines and forge productive working relationships.
  • Ability to use methods and tools to monitor context triggers and determine the impact of various dynamics in education outcomes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English. 


  • Advanced university degree (Ph.D or equivalent) in Education, Policy studies, Peace studies, Political science, Sociology, Psychology, Human Rights, Economics, sciences of learning, Neuroscience\Cognitive Science, or other education-related sciences. 


  • Professional experience within an international environment (Fund, Programme or other context).
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary research teams with a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals. 


  • Working knowledge of another UNESCO language (French, Arabic, Chinese, 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.

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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