Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Job Family: Programme Coordination

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15-NOV-2021


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


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


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, with guidance from the Director of the Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), and under the direct supervision of the IICBA Senior Education Programme Specialist; the incumbent will be responsible for providing support to UNESCO and IICBA’s work on Education for Health and Wellbeing programmes in the Africa region and provide technical guidance at the African Union Continental Education Strategy for Africa (2016-2025) Thematic Clusters on Women and Girls Education; Life Skills and Career Guidance. The incumbent is also expect to work with in the framing of the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) Programme to ensure effective planning, implementation and monitoring of teacher training program for Education for Health and Wellbeing. S/he will specifically perform the following duties:

Long Description

1. Programme and technical support on EHW

  • Coordinate the implementation of UNESCO and IICBA’s teacher education programs on HIV and health education in the Africa region;
  • Provide support on the development of new tools and resources for effective and quality pre- and in-service teacher training and capacity development programs for health education, in consultation with the Section for Health and Education, UNESCO’s Regional HIV and Health Advisors, and country offices;
  • Work with the member states to strengthen systems for continuous professional development of teachers and teacher educators in HIV and Heath education;
  •  Support the continued development and roll-out of online teacher training course on HIV prevention and Health education and other innovative approaches for scaling-up teacher training.
  • Prepare updates and contribute to the annual and biannual reports on implementation of the Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future programme for the UNESCO’s Executive Board, and to donors.
  • Liaise with the UN and development partners’ working groups and actively participate in cluster and coordination meeting at the regional and African Union level in line with the mandate and priorities of UNESCO and IICBA’s work on HIV and health education programmes for teachers in Africa.
Long Description

2. Liaison with the AUC CESA Clusters

  • Represent UNESCO-IICBA at the African Union Continental Education Strategy for Africa (2016-2025) Thematic Clusters on Women and Girls Education; Life Skills and Career Guidance support the development of a continental strategy for Education for Health and Wellbeing for teachers;
  • Develop, maintain, nurture and grow UNESCO-IICBA’s relationship and portfolio of work with all relevant departments of the African Union Commission (AUC) with a view to ensuring that teachers ‘issues for Education for Health and Wellbeing are appropriately reflected in all relevant policies and programmes of the AU’s CESA;
  • Promote and advocate for areas of collaboration with other UN agencies in support of the AUC’s and UNESCO’s strategy on Education for Health and Wellbeing, provide policy support and technical guidance for joint regional programs;
  • Develop and prepare regular policy and guidance notes to UNESCO-IICBA, the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) program, and donors on the continent to ensure UNESCO-IICBA work on the continent is consistent and supportive of AUC direction on teaching and learning issues related to Education for Health and Wellbeing in Africa;
  • Provide expert analysis and advice on the implications for UNESCO-IICBA of key AUC documents, discussions and decisions, including on migration-relevant programmes, particularly those of relevance to UNESCO-IICBA development, peacebuilding and humanitarian operations.
Long Description

3.  Orientation training, support and professional development

  • Provide technical support, capacity building and mentorship to UNESCO national program officers and focal points towards the implementation of quality teacher education and training programs for HIV and Health education;
  • Provide technical support and guidance to member states to improve and devise innovative ways to scale up HIV and Health Education training programs for pre- and in-service teachers in Africa.
  • Prepare updates and contribute to the annual and biannual reports on implementation of the Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future programme for the UNESCO’s Executive Board, and to donors.
  • Support UNESCO’s strategies on strengthening HIV prevention and comprehensive sexuality education through teacher training and higher education in line with SDG4 – Education 2030 and the AU (2063) agenda;
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)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


    • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in education, social sciences, public health or closely related field(s).

Work Experience

    • Minim 4 years of relevant professional experience, acquired at national and international level, in one or more of the following themes: teacher training, curriculum development, HIV and sexuality education, health education or related areas.
    • Experience in implementing health education programs, including issues related to HIV prevention, sexuality education, adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, and gender equality.
    • Experience in the design and delivery of e-learning course and digital tools.

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent understanding of the African Union region, the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) and the education sector.
  • Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and deliver to deadline, as well as work under pressure.
  • Good computing skills and excellent writing skills.



    • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.


    • Additional academic or professional qualifications in the areas of teacher training, curriculum development, HIV and sexuality education, health education or related areas.


Work experience

  • Experience in supporting ministries of education or other governmental bodies on education, SRH and/or gender;
  • Experience with digital tools to train teachers on a large scale;
  • Experience in working with key donors, development partners, the African Union, the UN and other relevant inter-agency mechanisms and networks;
  • Experience of working with ICTs in education or health promotion and online/distance learning;
  • Experience in Teacher education and working on curricula or teacher training in relation to health education and developing country setting.

Skills and competencies

    • Ability to commission, review and/or synthesise academic research on health and education.
    • Thorough professional knowledge of teacher training and curriculum development.


    • Knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (French, Arabic, Chinese, 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.


Additional information about UNESCO and its work on HIV and health education is available from the website:



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