Senior Project Officer (Policy Analyst) , UNESCO

Title: Senior Project Officer (Policy Analyst)
Domain: Education Research
Grade:  P5
Organizational Unit: Global Education Monitoring Report Report (ED/GEM)
Duty Station:  Paris, France
Type of contract: Project Appointment
Annual salary:   Approximately 120,906 (without dependants)
Approximately 130,147 (with dependants)
Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension (six months
probationary period)
Deadline (midnight, Paris time):  20 June 2016
Application to be sent to: gmrpost@unesco.org (UNESCO CV with a cover letter)
I. Background
Since 2002, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) has been an authoritative, analytical, evidence-based report monitoring progress towards the Education for All (EFA) goals, and education-related Millennium Development Goals. Developed by an independent team and published annually by UNESCO, the GMR assessed the extent to which countries met their commitments to international education targets, and proposed policies and strategies to accelerate progress. The Report is widely recognized as an indispensable reference tool for education leaders and in global education policy circles. (en.unesco.org/gem-report/reports).
In 2015, the mandate of the newly named Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) was renewed and confirmed in the World Education Forum's Incheon Declaration (May) and in the Education 2030 Framework for Action (October). The latter states: “The GEM Report will be the mechanism for monitoring and reporting on SDG 4 and on education in the other SDGs, with due regard to the global mechanism to be established to monitor and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also report on the implementation of national and international strategies to help hold all relevant partners to account for their commitments as part of the overall SDG follow-up and review.”
The first report in the GEM Report series will not only establish a framework for following up, reviewing and monitoring education policy priorities and key financing patterns and challenges; it will also explore the interrelationship of education and various sustainable development goals. Under the overarching theme of ‘Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda’, the 2016 GEM Report will critically assess evidence to determine which education strategies, policies, and programmes are most effectively linked to the economic, social, environmental and political priorities of the sustainable development agenda. The second GEM Report, currently under development, will highlight topics related to accountability and transparency in education.
II. Duties and requirements:
Under the overall authority of the Assistant-Director General for Education, the authority of the Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report Team, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities: 
  • Contribute to the overall development of the Report;
  • Develop innovative ideas for quantitative data analysis for education monitoring and policy analysis;
  • Undertake relevant quantitative and analytic work on a wide range of issues;
  • Draft an outline for part of the Report;
  • Draft chapters of the Report. Lead, where necessary, in the drafting of policy papers and blogs;
  • Directly manage team members and provide research supervision;
  • Commission external research in agreed areas;
  • Support the editing of the final Report;
  • Stay in touch with relevant developments in research on education;
  • Represent the Report in public events; 
  • Such other tasks as the Director shall determine. 
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in education, economics, politics, development studies or other social science discipline 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. 
  • At last 10 years work experience of research on comparative or international education and development issues including a proven track-record in publications 
  • Excellent quantitative skills;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills in English;
  • Broad understanding of a wide range of public policy issues in education in different countries/regions;
  • Demonstrated ability to write for specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • Demonstrated ability to work innovatively to tight deadlines with minimal supervision and in a self-motivated manner;
  • Proven track record in management, in particular in managing policy analysts, researchers and consultants;
  • Excellent IT skills to carry on the work. 
  • Excellent knowledge of English. 
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in education, economics, politics, development studies or other social science discipline or related field. 
  • Direct practical experience of work in a national education system, a major non-governmental programme or an international development agency 
  •  Good knowledge of other UN working languages, particularly French or Spanish. 
  • UNESCO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars and exempt from income tax. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates.
  •  Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. More details on the ICSC Web site.  
How to apply:
To apply, please send your application letter, UNESCO CV (CV Form to be used) in English directly to the GEM Report Team, UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07-SP, France, or by Emailgmrpost@unesco.org before 20 June 2016 midnight (Paris time).
For more information on the Global Education Monitoring Report, consult our website:http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/.
Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization. Please note that only pre-selected candidates will be contacted. 
Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as nationals from developing countries. 
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