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Associate National Project Officer (Education)

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Baghdad, Iraq
Entry level
Posted date:
December 12, 2022
Close date:
December 23, 2022
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Job Description

Post Number : 5IQED0023PA

Grade : NO-A

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Baghdad

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) : 23-DEC-2022

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Only nationals of Iraq may apply to this position.


In December 2020, UNESCO and the European Union signed the three-year Phase 2 of the TVET reform project “Jobs Creation Through Technical & Vocation education SYSTEM Strengthening & Labour Market Linkages”. Phase 2 to strengthen and consolidate the policy and systems developed in Phase 1 by embedding them in Federal and local Directorate policies and procedures; and through their application at the provider level, focusing on vocational schools and universities to develop centers of excellence as a model and resource for other institutions for possible replication and scale-up nation-wide.
The project is under the overall Supervision of the Chief of Education.  On a day-to-day basis, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting and managing the implementation of TVET supporting technically and organizationally the Chief Of Education in implementing a complex and articulate project, aiming at reforming the TVET system in Iraq.

The Project will enhance the employment of Iraqi youth from 7 Technical Universities and Polytechnics and 5 Vocational schools by creating centers of Vocational Excellence that have strong labour market links, revised curricula and pedagogy, and a student-centered approach.   

Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • Take an advisory role for the other National consultants and Project officers, assist, and advise them in their work in relation to the Ministries and project implementation.
  • Be the main point of contact for Senior MoE, MoHESR, and PMAC officials including the Deputy Ministers and the Ministers’ Advisors. Liaise directly with the Donor National staff.
  • Act as the alternative to the Senior Consultant in his absence in implementing all Outputs within the project and in presenting the TVET 2 project progress and future work plan in meetings and workshop.
  • Act as secretariat for the Project Steering committee and liaise directly with all Iraqi committee members on setting dates, minutes, and composition of the Committee.
  • Be responsible for preparing all tender documents/ToRs/BoQs for the TVET 2 project in consultation with the senior consultant and the UNESCO Finance team.
  • Ensure that TVET procurement plan is kept up to date and implemented as per schedule.
  • Facilitate the development of Competency-Based curricula working with international and National experts in 2 of the economic sectors (IT and Hospitality), in line with the Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework.
  • Build relations with the MoE representatives across Iraq and Kurdistan to  ensure successful implementation of all of the Activities under Outcomes 1 and 2.
  • Organize and provide quality assurance assessments in liaison with international experts for the delivery of TVET in the 5 vocational schools.
  • Build strong working relationships with the Vocational schools in the 5 areas to ensure cooperation and good communication channels to allow the organization of workshops, training and meetings with International and National experts.  

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 the field of education, social sciences or any other related field(s).  A first-level university degree in the aforementioned fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 2 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in education, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) or closely related fields.
  • A strong network in the MoE (Ministry of Education) and MoHESR (Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research).


  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage heavy workloads and meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the Organization.
  • Demonstrated project implementation skills.
  • Excellent coordination skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and sensitivity to the local context.
  • Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools.
  • Strong IT skills including good knowledge of standard office software.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills.


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



  • Experience within the UN entity.
  • 6 or more years of Experience in Technical Vocational Education implementation (TVET) for education.


  • Knowledge of the other UNESCO official languages (French, 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 USD 48,870.

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.

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

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