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National Project Coordinator (TVET)

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Accra, Ghana
Entry level
Posted date:
May 3, 2023
Close date:
May 20, 2023
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Job Description

Post Number : 6GHED0008PA

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Accra

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) : 20-MAY-2023

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

Initial duration of contract is 12 months with possibility of renewal subject to funding and satisfactory performance.

Only citizens of Ghana may apply to this position.


The Republic of Korea (RoK) is supporting UNESCO with US$10 million to implement the Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) III project in Ghana and three other West African countries namely, Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The overall objective of BEAR III is to offer better employment opportunities to youth in sub-Saharan Africa and support the economies of these countries by addressing the evolving needs of the labour market. The five-year project (2023-2027) will, among other things, increase the relevance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to the needs of the economy by developing training curriculum to respond to labor market demand of skills; enhance the quality of TVET delivered to trainees by building capacities of TVET trainers and institutions; and improve the perception of TVET among young people, enterprises, and society.

The BEAR III Project in Ghana will be designed to support the implementation of the Government’s efforts to achieve the Education 2030 Agenda through its homegrown Education Strategic Plan (2028-2030) and TVET Transformation Agenda. Education and training are central to the achievement of the Education 2030 Agenda. The agenda therefore devotes considerable attention to technical and vocational skills development, specifically regarding access to affordable quality TVET; acquisition of technical and vocational skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship; elimination of gender disparity and ensuring access for the vulnerable – also SDG 8 “Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all”.

Under the overall authority of the Head of UNESCO Office, the general supervision of the Regional Coordinator (BEAR III) at the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, and the direct supervision of the National Professional Officer (Education Sector) in the UNESCO Accra Office, the incumbent shall contribute to the daily coordination of the BEAR III Project’s support to TVET in Ghana leveraging on the ongoing to transform the TVET in the country.

Specifically, the incumbent’s tasks will cover the following:

1. Participation in organizing the detailed operational plan and coordinating the implementation of the project in compliance with the project specific objectives, activities, and expected outputs by:

  • Ensuring a quality achievement of the programme outputs in line with UNESCO qualitative standards and BEAR III results matrix.

2. Ensure the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and the reporting on project activities by:

  • Contributing to monitoring and evaluating project activities, reporting on progress, and suggesting updates of the project log frame.
  • Preparing reports on project activities for UNESCO, the donor and, partners.
  • Providing content on major project achievements and steps in project implementation for UNESCO's public information services to increase the visibility of UNESCO and the project.

3. Liaise with government, national stakeholders (Commission for TVET, TVET Service, Ghana Education Service, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission and Ghana Commission for UNESCO) and international stakeholders, among other things, by:

  • Ensuring project alignment with Government’s TVET Transformation Agenda/reforms in TVET and its sectoral priorities.
  • Identifying relevant institutions and ensuring their engagement in the project’s activities.

4. Ensure communication and visibility by:

  • Preparing the project visibility plan and ensuring its implementation.
  • Preparing technical briefs/status updates on the project for wider dissemination.
  • Organizing communication events (seminars and workshops) and liaising with local and international media.

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 (Masters or equivalent) in Education, Engineering, Science, or closely related areas. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education, preferably related to STEM or TVET programme implementation.
  • Experience in team building and management of education programmes
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience in working with Government partners.

Skills and competencies

  • Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.
  • Ability to work in result-oriented teams.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills.
  • Good computer and other IT skills. Excellent skills in MS Office.


  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.


Skills and competencies

  • Experience and understanding of the ongoing initiatives to transform Ghana’s TVET subsector
  • Experience within UN agencies and understanding of the UN system, including its administrative procedures and DAO process.


  • Knowledge of another UNESCO official language (Arabic, Chinese, France, 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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is USD 42,556.

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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