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Call for Application - Technical Consultant - Migration, Displacement, Emergencies, and Education


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Migration
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: Closed

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Home-based with the possibility of travel

Job Family: Education

Type of Contract: Non-Staff Consultant

Duration of Contract: From 3 to 11 months

Application Deadline: 30-JUN-2023


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



Echoing the core commitment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ‘leave no one behind’, Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Realizing this goal means taking immediate and concerted action to eliminate all forms of exclusion and marginalization, to address disparities and inequalities in access, participation and learning outcomes, and to build education systems that are resilient and responsive to contemporary challenges. As the lead UN Agency for the SDG 4, UNESCO is strongly committed to building the resilience of Education Systems worldwide, thus limiting the effects of disasters on the physical, emotional and social well-being of the most vulnerable learners and educators. Considering the contemporary challenges that education systems face, the multiplicity of crises that affect them and their extension over time, risk reduction and risk management within the education system has been recognized as a priority by the EME section at global, regional, and national levels. This is also aligned with the institutional commitments reported in UNESCO’s new Medium-Term Strategy (2022-2030) and its Programme and Budget (2022-2025). 


Data and information on education of crisis-affected and displaced populations is currently based on data collection mechanisms associated with programmes implemented by different organizations. One of the key challenges is the lack of accurate, reliable and timely data, needed to strengthen systems for humanitarian assistance and to guide effective education responses. Often, these data sources cannot be compared or readily interpreted because they lack standardized concepts and definitions and because they are based on diverse processing and verification procedures. 


In response to these commitments, the Section of Migration, Displacement, Emergencies and Education (ED/E30/EME) is seeking to recruit 6- 8 technical consultants with significant experience in EiE research, data and statistics for specific assignments planned by the team. 

Long Description


Under the authority of the Assistant Director General for Education, direction of the Director of the Division for Education 2030 and direct supervision of the Chief of the section of Migration, Displacement, Emergencies and Education (ED/E30/EME), and under the technical guidance of the Programme Officer for EiE Data and Statistics, and possibly in collaboration with other UNESCO Sectors, Regional, Field Offices and Institutes, the selected consultant will be recruited to provide research and EiE data-related support to the EME Section in the following areas:


1. Cross-cutting thematic/strategic /support documents including the development of:

  • EiE Advocacy and Dissemination strategy.
  • Global Monitoring Framework for EiE Data, Evidence and Learning.
  • Position papers and policy notes covering education economy, financing and modeling of crisis impact on learners, across education levels, economic and security contexts.


2. EiE Data and Statistics

  • Co-develop a Statistical Framework for Education in Emergencies Data covering both administrative and survey data.
  • Conduct an impact analyses of attacks on education.
  • Conduct qualitative research on the political economy of refugee inclusion in institutional data systems.
  • Develop a framework and process for EiE Data Inclusion and Quality Assurance, including mechanisms to ensure reliability and confidence of EiE data.
  • Conduct data analyses using administrative, household survey data.
  • Develop and manage a portal on EiE and crises-affected populations.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)


Accountability (C)

Communication (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 (Master's degree or equivalent) in statistics, education economics, or a relevant social science degree



  • 5-8 years of experience working in research, data, policy and/or advocacy in areas of migration, displacement, emergencies, and education.


  • PhD in education or social sciences as relevant to the consultancy



  • Fluency in another UN language is an asset




Interested candidates should submit an application in just one document (pdf format) to be uploaded in the application section "Employment History Form" which should contain:

(a) A Technical Proposal consisting of:

  1. Curriculum vitae 
  2. Cover letter which clearly indicates:
  • Specific assignment/output of interest (list up to a maximum of 2)
  • Rationale for the choice with respect to candidate’s most relevant experience, qualifications and interests.
  • Skillset (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed methods, Portal Development)
  • Earliest availability to commence assignment.


(b) Financial Proposal: The amount to be charged for the assignment (daily/monthly rate), which should be quoted in US dollars or in euros only. 


Please notice that your proposal and any supporting documents must be in English.


The Consultant roster will be open from January- June 30, 2023. Any applications submitted during this period will be considered for consultancy opportunities available until the end of December 2023.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation best value for money. 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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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