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Senior Project Officer Research SDG4 (Global Education Monitoring Report)


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-22

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Post Number : ED/PA 198

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Paris

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) : 22-MAY-2022


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


Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability offunds and satisfactory performance.



The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report is an editorially independent, authoritative, and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress in education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Report is funded by a group of governments, multilateral agencies and foundations and published annually by UNESCO to serve the international community. It is widely recognised as an indispensable advocacy and technical tool supporting inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning for all.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, the overall guidance from the GEM Report Director and the immediate supervision of the Senior Policy Analyst (Monitoring Lead), the Senior Project officer (Research) will be responsible for the coordination of strategic outputs that constitute the contribution of the team to monitoring and reporting on SDG 4.


S/he will be responsible for research and drafting sections of the monitoring part of the report, preparing its statistical tables, updating its SCOPE website, supporting the updating of the VIEW and WIDE websites, and coordinate inputs to the development of the SDG 4 monitoring framework and the reporting on progress towards the national SDG 4 benchmarks. 


In particular s/he will: 

Long Description
  • Carry out research for the monitoring part of the report:
    • Draft chapters or sections of chapters covering SDG 4 targets in the monitoring part of the report.
    • Organize the commissioning and management of background research.
    • Support the report's overall quality assurance process.


  • Coordinate the work on the statistical tables of the report:
    • Prepare the statistical tables, ensure their quality, checking their coherence and consistency with GEM Report products, and contribute to their development and gradual improvement.


  • Coordinate the work on online data resources:
    • Prepare the updates to the SCOPE website and contribute to its development and gradual improvement. 
    • Coordinate the work required to update the VIEW website, ensuring the use of the latest information sources and managing the timely delivery of inputs. 
    • Provide feedback and support the quality assurance process of the WIDE website and its consistency with other GEM Report outputs.
Long Description
  • Coordinate the team’s work in the global education cooperation architecture on the data and monitoring function: 
    • Prepare the team’s technical contributions and provide support to the Technical Cooperation Group and its Secretariat in preparation of meetings and in follow-up actions in fulfilment of the team's duties. 
  • Coordinate the team’s work to monitor the achievement of national SDG 4 benchmarks: In collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, including the work to report annually on progress towards the national SDG 4 benchmarks.
  • Participate in other activities to ensure the success of the GEM Report team’s work.


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) Leading and empowering others (M) Managing performance (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS



  • Advanced university degree (Master degree or equivalent) in education, development studies, economics, sociology, social policy, or other related social science discipline.  



  • Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant professional experience as a researcher in the monitoring of education indicators, of which preferably 3 years acquired at international level.
  • Proven record of written work in publications in education monitoring



  • Excellent ability to write clearly and concisely in English.
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of different research methods.
  • Strong skills in statistical software use, preferably R or Stata, and database management.
  • Ability to think critically, strategically and innovatively.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver quality outputs under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills to represent the team and interact with external partners
  • Ability to maintain effective collegial relations in a multi-cultural setting and to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment.



  • Excellent knowledge of English.



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or 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 recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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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