Senior Project Officer

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Post Number : 4INEDPA063GI

Grade : P-5

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) : 24-JUN-2024


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


Duration of Contract is one (1) year, with the possibility of an extension subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory 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.


Under the authority of the Director of MGIEP, to whom the incumbent reports. She/he is responsible for:

Long Description

  • Overseeing the implementation of MGIEP’s work programme, ensuring its alignment with the institute’s strategies and its contribution to UNESCO’s strategic Objectives; monitoring the execution rate of the Institute’s projects to ensure optimal use of funds and resources in line with results-based budgeting principles; developing synergies and coherence across programmes and modalities of interventions (training, research, capacity building, and technical assistance).
  • Assisting the Director in overseeing the timely delivery of all outputs from all sectors within the Institute as described in the annual program of work. More specifically, the incumbent will:  Ensure synergy and coherence across all units and divisions within the Institute by developing a mission-oriented program of work for delivering the Institute’s contribution to UNESCO’s priorities. 
  • Working with division heads in fund resource mobilization and help identify, with the support of the Director, potential funding sources for the Institute’s programs.

Long Description

  • Advising the Director on matters related to human resource planning, hiring, budget, fundraising, training, research, and management.
  • Provide compliance and managerial oversight of all cooperative research and training arrangements between MGIEP and its partner institutions in different regions, and regularly report thereon to the MGIEP Director.
  • Assesses and coordinates requests for technical assistance from Member States and advises the Director on relevant activities to undertake in the field, and on their compliance and coherence with overall institutional objectives.

Long Description

  • In support of the implementation of MGIEP ‘s programmes, the incumbent oversees the Institute’s budgeted resources and ensures smooth cooperation with MGIEP ‘s financial partners. She/he also proposes to the Director the means to extend the Institute’s partnerships, and upon approval, negotiates agreements and contracts.
  • Early identification of potential risks including conflict of interests and concerns related to possible failures in achieving institutional objectives.  Remedial actions involving programme re-orientation are initiated once cleared with the Director.
  • She/he operates within the relevant Administrative Rules and Regulations of UNESCO, and provides relevant oversight of the administrative and financial operations of the Institute while being cognizant of the functional autonomy of the Institute.
  • Acts as Officer-in-Charge when the Director is on mission or leave.  Shehe represents the Director of the Institute in meetings to which MGIEP is invited including high-level meetings of the UNESCO secretariat, United Nations Country Team (UNCT), and meetings with MGIEP partners.
  • Supports the director in Identifying and facilitating modes of cooperation with high-level officials in the ministries of education, representatives of research and training institutions, UN Specialized Agencies, NGOs, and civil society in compliance with UNESCO rules and regulations.
  • Any other task as assigned by the Director.

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)
Building partnerships (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Strategic thinking (M)
Driving and managing change (M)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in education, peace studies, political science, sociology, psychology, human rights, economics, sciences of learning, neurosciencecognitive science, or other education related disciplines. 


Work Experience

  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in a field related to the mission and mandate of the Institute acquired in an academic, governmental, multilateral, or civil society organization.
  • Proven policy, advisory, and advocacy experience and track record of engagement with senior officials in the United Nations, government, funding agencies, or non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience in programming and project management such as programme design and results monitoring, budget implementation, and oversight in areas related to education for peace and sustainable development.

Skills and Competencies

  • Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction, and priorities.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive planning, interpretation, and critical quantitative and qualitative analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to support units within the organization to achieve organizational outputs and outcomes.
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge; pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement within the Institute.
  • Capacity to lead integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy.
  • Ability to engage with a diverse group of partners to forge productive working relationships.
  • Advanced and persuasive written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities, and risks.



  • Excellent Knowledge (spoken and written) of English.




  • Ph.D. in education, peace studies, political science, sociology, psychology, human rights, economics, sciences of learning, neurosciencecognitive science, or other education related disciplines. 


Work Experience

  • Professional experience within an international environment or in the UN system. 
  • Experience in national and community-level education related initiatives and programming; with experience in gendered dimensions of education being an asset.
  • Experience in gendered dimensions of education.



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

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 131, 770 US $.

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.


This position is only open for non-Indian Nationals.


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.

To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover/motivation letter where ( you saw this job posting.

Job Location