UNESCO is hiring a Gender-sensitive educational policy analyst and planner.

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

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance.

Organisational context

IIEP-UNESCO Dakar is the International Institute for Educational Planning’s (IIEP) Africa-based office located in Dakar, Senegal. IIEP is a UNESCO specialized institute with a mandate to strengthen Member States’ capacity to plan and manage their education systems. The IIEP-UNESCO Dakar, is renowned for its cutting edge educational sector analyses and supports African countries in developing realistic and credible education system development plans in support of the Education 2030 agenda, an essential part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through a well-crafted and targeted capacity development approach, IIEP-UNESCO Dakar contributes to the creation of diagnostic analyses, sector plans and pedagogical tools. In concert, these contribute to more relevant and sustainable educational policies across Africa. IIEP-UNESCO Dakar is also actively involved in knowledge creation for the education sector in Africa.

Overview of the functions of the post

Under the overall authority of the Director of IIEP and of IIEP-Dakar Head of Office and the direct supervision of IIEP-Dakar Head of the Gender at the Center Initiative (GCI), the incumbent will contribute to activities related to the analysis, planning, implementation, management, and monitoring of education and training policies in Africa. More specifically, the selected candidate will be assigned the following tasks:

Assist GCI African countries, as per their requests, in the development, implementation and monitoring of educational policies with a gender perspective:

  • Support the development of education and training sector, sub-sector, and thematic diagnosis.
  • Support discussions and definitions of educational policy trade-offs and the development of national strategy documents (education policy orientation document, simulation models, education sector plan, expenditure medium term financial framework, budgeted action plan, etc.).
  • Support the development of management and Monitoring and Evaluation tools, and the preparation of Joint Sector Reviews.

Lead and manage a portfolio of selected GCI countries:

  • Assist with developing and sustaining political and education policy management and planning dialogue with the highest authorities of target countries.
  • Manage dialogue, exchange and coordination with development partners in country.
  • Contribute to addressing crisis, gender and the needs of displaced populations in the planning and management of education (SIDA funding).
  • Contribute to the professional development of officials in charge of management of education planning, management and training in GCI countries.
  • Contribute to the implementation of training initiatives developed in the framework of GCI, in collaboration with its partners (University on Gender-Sensitive Education Planning, Cohort programme on Gender institutionalization…).

Contribute to production and dissemination of knowledge on gender equality in and through education in Africa, with a specific focus on GCI countries:

  • Contribute to the development of a methodological guide on gender mainstreaming in education sector analyses.
  • Contribute to the development of a methodological guide for institutional gender analysis in Ministries of Education.
  • Contribute to the research project research project on barriers to implementing gender equality in education (KIX/GPE funding).

Competencies (Core / Managerial)

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  • Results focus (C)
  • Teamwork (C)
  • Accountability (C)
  • Communication (C)
  • Innovation (C)
  • Planning and organizing (C)
  • Professionalism (C)
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

Required qualifications


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Statistics or Social sciences.

Work Experience

Minimum four (4) years of relevant working experience in the fields of Education sector analysis, planning and management of education systems of which preferably two (2) years acquired at international level.

Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrable knowledge of African education systems.
  • Knowledge of statistical and econometric techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge of the use of statistical software such SPSS, SAS, STATA and Microsoft Pack Office (Word and Excel).
  • Knowledge of techniques to develop an education and training development plan.
  • Good knowledge of the problems facing by the education sector in developing countries particularly in Africa.
  • Good knowledge of gender issues in education in Africa.
  • Ability to undertake regular missions, especially in diverse and challenging contexts.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and support multicultural teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).


Excellent knowledge of French and good knowledge of English.

Desirable qualifications

Work Experience

  • Experience in the design of education and training sector development plans and budgeted action plans.
  • Experience in the analysis of gender disparities in education, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa.


Knowledge of Portuguese.

Benefits and entitlements

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

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a written assessment exercise followed by a competency-based oral interview.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

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.

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 16-Sept-2021.

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