Post Number : 5IQPAX0001PA

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: Baghdad

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) : 23-OCT-2020

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

Duration of contract: One (1) year with the possibility of an extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

The UNESCO Iraq Office is based in Baghdad with an office in Erbil. The portfolio of the office is around $100 million of extra budgetary projects.

The Programme Coordinator and UN Liaison Officer, under the direct supervision of the Director of UNESCO Iraq Office, provides overall programme coordination, monitors programme implementation, and represents UNESCO in technical meetings of the United Nations (UN). He/She provides briefs about the programmes/projects in the Iraq office, ensures quality of reports submitted to donors and works closely with UN agencies on the technical programmatic aspects of the UN programme in Iraq including but not limited to the UNSDCF.Long Description

Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for the following:

1.Contribute to strategy and programme planning: assisting in the formulation of the offices overall strategy in compliance with internal and external strategic and development assistance frameworks, provide substantive input to the design and formulation of programme, coordinating the preparation of work-plans in line with corporate requirements and sector strategies and plans including monitoring the correct creation of activities and projects in SISTER.Long Description

2.Contribute to implementation of activities focusing on quality controland quality assurance: maintaining in-depth understanding and awareness of projects and other activities of the office and the situation in Iraq, and use this understanding for supporting of programmes, familiarizing staff with the Results-Based Management (RBM) principles and  controlling their application, supporting financial and substantive monitoring of the project implementation through the identification of operational and financial problems and contributing to identifying solutions, liaising between programme units and administration to address bottlenecks and issues that may delay or hinder programme implementation;

3.Coordinate the office’s reporting and monitoring and evaluationrequirements: coordinating reporting ensuring compliance with specific reporting requirements by UNESCO (regional offices and HQ), donors and UN counterparts, editing and compiling reports ensuring accurateness as regards to content and language, supporting staff to fully comply with reporting and donor follow-up requirements, providing advice and support on the planning, preparation and implementation of evaluations including in the organization of evaluation missions.Long Description

4.Support the establishment and maintenance of strategicpartnerships and resource mobilization: providing support and advice on the preparation of agreements with partners (i.e. MoUs with donors, Government, NGOs, UN Agencies, private sector and other partners), liaising with donors in the preparation of the formats, terms and articles of agreements for projects funded under self-benefiting fund in trust, liaising with programme staff to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the cost-sharing trust fund agreements, participating in inter agency and donor meetings and other fora as required.

5.Provide strategic and management support to the Director: ensuring the quality of outgoing correspondence and communications, providing support concerning the Director’s interactions with partners, including with  UNAMI and UNCT, preparing quality briefings on programmatic and specific issues including for HQ sectors, central services and the governing bodies and for inter-agency setting, providing advice on staff issues, providing any other management support to 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)For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, management or a related field is required. 
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in programme coordination or a related area.
  • Relevant experience acquired at the international level. 

•    Integrity, reliability and sense of commitment in the execution of duties. 
•    Excellent coordination and organizational skills. 
•    Good analytical and problem solving skills. 
•    Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools. 
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely. 
•    Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment. 
•    Ability to build and maintain partnerships. 
•    Ability to work under pressure, manage heavy workloads and to meet tight deadlines, paying close attention to detail and quality of work. 
•    Strong IT skills including good knowledge of standard office software. 
•    Knowledge of UNESCOs mission and Sectors’ Programme. 
•    Sensitivity to the local context.


  • Excellent knowledge of English.


Work Experience

  • Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization.


  • Good knowledge (written and spoken) of Arabic.
  • Good knowledge of French.
  • Knowledge of other official UNESCO languages (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 more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

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.Footer

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UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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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