Senior Project Officer

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Paris, France

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, the guidance of the Director of the Division and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section, the Senior Project Officer will be responsible for providing technical support in the implementation of the section’s programmatic activities and initiatives, with a particular focus on the aforementioned projects, as well as those contributing to the sector management, data, monitoring and evaluation systems programme implemented by the Section, including in emergency contexts. 

In particular, the incumbent will perform the following essential duties:

Programme and project implementation :

Contribute to the management and implementation of the AFD and Azerbaijan extrabudgetary projects through:

  • Conduct of thematic and situational analyses, including analysis and evaluation of project implementation and delivery.
  • Contribution to the preparation of work plans and/or proposals setting out plans for project implementation, preparation of inputs and/or reports on projects for various purposes, for example for briefing, regular programme reporting, etc.
  • Provide substantive, technical and analytical support to projects, consultations, meetings, events and missions, in particular on activities related to data systems in education including EMIS.
  • Provide support to Section’s projects contributing to the Global Education Coalition and notably Global Learning House programme though provision of management, advisory, technical assistance and capacity development services.

Coordinate and implement EDP programme on sector management, governance, data management, M&E and EMIS through:

  • Design and implementation of UNESCO programme and projects on data systems for sector management and accountability, in line with the UNESCO strategy on education system strengthening
  • Provision of management, advisory, technical assistance, methodological support and capacity development services for deployment and improvement of data systems/education management information systems.
  • Act as EDP focal point on education data systems, EMIS, management and M&E for the CapED programme.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Development:

  • Develop and implement new knowledge, tools, expertise and guidance on Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS), including through development of assessment tools, quality assurance standards and processes.
  • Support internal knowledge platform for policies, expertise, publications, studies, documents, projects, and proposals pertaining to education sector management, governance, and M&E.

Required Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in the field of education, demographics, public policy, and/or other relevant fields.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in education policy and data systems, of which preferably five years acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in project/programme coordination and management at international and/or regional levels.


  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate staff and teams and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to build, maintain and enhance working relations with national/local authorities, cultural institutions and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Excellent knowledge and technical expertise in education management information systems, monitoring and evaluation issues and education policy reforms.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to coordinate complex projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong IT skills, including knowledge of information systems technical architectures and data systems for education. 


  • Excellent knowledge of English or French (oral and written) and good knowledge of the other language .