Programme Specialist (Education)
Almaty, Kazakhstan
5 дней назад


  • Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education and the direct supervision of the Director of the Almaty Office, the incumbent of the post will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of UNESCO’s Regular Programme activities as well as extra-budgetary projects in the field of education for Almaty Cluster countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan);
  • as well as for the coordination of UNESCO’s contribution to the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF), and programme coordination and implementation in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    S / he will contribute and support the effective implementation of the UNESCO Education Sector strategy and will also play a significant role in policy and strategy direction of the office, in resource optimization and mobilization.

    Within this context, the incumbent’s main tasks will be :

  • Conceptualize, design, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor and implement the UNESCO Almaty Office’s Education Strategy;
  • participate in identifying strategic issues, opportunities and risks to effectively integrate them into organizational objectives;
  • provide technical advice and backstopping in the following areas : accelerating progress towards SDG4 - Education 2030 Agenda, building quality inclusive education system, supporting education system responses to contemporary challenges for sustainable development and culture of peace and non-violence, and reinforcing leadership for Education 2030 through advocacy, partnership and monitoring;
  • Design, plan, organize and coordinate activities in the field of Sector-wide Policy and Planning, Literacy, Teachers as well as other themes of education at all levels;
  • Develop, coordinate the implementation of and monitor extra-budgetary projects and ensure periodic reviews and reporting;
  • Identify key internal and external stakeholders, develop and maintain professional collaboration and partnerships at national, regional and global levels on education issues and learning assessments, including planning, implementation and monitoring of advocacy activities jointly organized with networks and partners;
  • Long Description

  • Design and coordinate the implementation of a capacity development programme in strategic planning in education and provide technical contributions to relevant organizations;
  • Develop joint programmes and projects with other UN agencies and ensure UNESCO’s participation in the Common Country Analysis (CCA), the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF) and all other joint UN programmatic exercises as an active member of the United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) in the countries covered by the office;
  • Mobilize extra-budgetary resources to support sector-wide planning, education policy analysis, education sector assessment and sector management among Member States in the sub-region in line with country policy priorities, the UNESCO Almaty Office’s Sub-regional Strategy and overall resource mobilization strategies of UNESCO, by preparing project proposals and cooperation frameworks with Member States and donor agencies and by engaging in fundraising activities;
  • Carry out project management for assigned projects, including backstopping, technical, and financial and human resources management;
  • Coordinate and supervise the office’s education team in Almaty as well as in the project antennas and project teams established in other countries covered by the Office, identifying human and technical resource needs, managing recruitment and performance of the staff.
  • COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

    Communication (C)Accountability (C)Innovation (C)Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)Planning and organizing (C)Results focus (C)Teamwork (C)Building partnerships (M)Driving and managing change (M)Leading and empowering others (M)Making quality decisions (M)Managing performance (M)Strategic thinking (M)



  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of education or other closely related fields, such as humanities, social sciences.
  • Work Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of education development and policy, of which preferably 3 years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience and demonstrated expertise in planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating programmes / projects in the field of education.
  • Experience in fund-raising and resource mobilization.
  • Skills and Compentencies

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks; demonstrated ability to translate strategy into priorities and action.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop, and maintain partnerships, and to coordinate, negotiate and deal with partners and networks in private and public sectors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing, with strong representational abilities.
  • Proven skills in administration and the management of financial and human resources.
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide guidance and to motivate a multicultural team with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Solid IT skills including knowledge of office software.
  • Languages

  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Russian.


  • Academic specialization in education policy and / or education economics.
  • Work Experience

  • At least five years’ experience in education policy development, the organization and management of education programmes, preferably in several countries and at the regional level.
  • Experience in planning, implementing and management of education development programmes / projects, including Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), teacher education, and Information and communications technology (ICT) in education.
  • Skills and Competencies

  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and / or the UN System.
  • Good knowledge of education systems in the Central Asian and Southern Caucasus countries, and good understanding of the educational and labour market issues in the sub-region.
  • Languages

  • Working knowledge of French.
  • Good knowledge (written and spoken) of any other language of the region of the post.

    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.

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