UNESCO Job in Nigeria for a Programme Specialist

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Job Title:  Programme Specialist

Job Description
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), guidance from the Director of the UNESCO Multisectoral Office in Abuja and direct supervision from the ED Senior Programme Specialist, the incumbent shall support the development, planning and implementation of the education programmes in West Africa, with a focus on higher education, innovation and technology, quality assurance in higher education, the use of ICTs and the promotion of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership and advise the Director on the most appropriate ways to integrate regional, sub-regional and country concerns in UNESCO’s strategies, policies, programmes and projects, in particular in relation to the area of Higher Education and ICTs.
  • Assess and lead analytical studies to identify regional demands, needs and interests in particular in the area of higher education and ICT use in education; undertake and commission research in cooperation with higher education and R&D institutions.
  • Support the development of synergies and collaboration with regional and sub-regional organizations to strengthen and harmonize higher education systems; cooperate with regional partners to promote TVET & the harmonisation of regional qualifications frameworks.
  • Identify key internal and external stakeholders and work collaboratively with them. Build influential partnerships, maintain systematic contact with UNCT in West Africa and develop joint programmes with other UN agencies or regional partners.
  • Generate extra budgetary projects in line with regional policy priorities, including the identification, preparation and negotiation of projects and cooperation frameworks with regional and donor agencies.
  • Support and promote the design and development or utilization of existing solutions to meet regional demand, needs, interests and expectations from educational reforms, changes and innovations in the region; Share knowledge and best practices, update and disseminate information on trends across the sub-region.
  • Build on experiences to promote the use of ICTs in strengthening the quality of education systems in the sub-region; Support the implementation of the Gender Transformation Leadership curriculum.
  • Provide technical support to Member States in the sub-region on policy and programming; Support the strengthening of national capacities for the implementation and monitoring of the Revised Arusha Convention; Facilitate cooperation in quality assurance in higher education and the implementation of the Arusha Convention in the ECOWAS Region.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent degree) in education, social science, science, engineering, economics or related field. 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

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in education both at national and international level, of which at least 4 years of experience/exposure in the field of higher education.


  • Knowledge of higher education policies or management in higher education including the field of inter-university cooperation.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated fund-raising and resource mobilization skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare, present and discuss findings and recommendations clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.
  • Analytical skills, ability to collect, synthesise and analyse information from various sources.
  • Proven ability to identify emerging educational trends and needs, and ability to plan strategically and to translate strategy into priorities and action.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish partnerships and to ensure a high level coordination and cooperation among relevant stakeholders inside and outside the Organisation.


  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English or French, and a very good knowledge of the other language.

How to Apply
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