Project Officer (Education For Health And Wellbeing) – UNESCO Vacancy Announcement

Project Officer (Education For Health And Wellbeing) – UNESCO Vacancy Announcement, April 9 2023



Organization: UNESCO

Position: Project Officer (Education For Health And Wellbeing)

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Contract

Deadline: 22-APR-2023






Post Number : 6ETEDPA021CB

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 22-APR-2023


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 satisfactory performance.




Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, with guidance from the Director of the Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), and under the direct supervision of the IICBA Senior Education Programme Specialist; the incumbent will be responsible for providing support to UNESCO and IICBA’s work on Education for Health and Wellbeing (EHW) programmes in the Africa region and provide technical guidance at the African Union Continental Education Strategy for Africa (2016-2025) Thematic Clusters on Women and Girls Education; Life Skills and Career Guidance. The incumbent is also expected to work with in the framing of the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) Programme to ensure effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of teacher training programs for EHW. S/he will specifically perform the following duties:

​​​​​​1.Programme and technical support on EHW

  • Coordinate the implementation of UNESCO and IICBA’s teacher education programs for health and well-being in the Africa region.
  • Provide support on the development of new tools and resources for effective and quality pre- and in-service teacher training and capacity development programs for health education, in consultation with the Section for Health and Education, UNESCO’s Regional HIV and Health Advisors, and country offices.
  • Work with member states to strengthen systems for continuous professional development of teachers and teacher educators on EHW.
  • Support the continued development and roll-out of online teacher training course on EHW and other innovative approaches for scaling-up teacher training.
  • Prepare updates and contribute to the annual and biannual reports on implementation of the Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future programme for the UNESCO’s Executive Board, and to donors.
  • Liaise with the UN and development partners’ working groups and actively participate in cluster and coordination meeting at the regional and African Union level in line with the mandate and priorities of UNESCO and IICBA’s work on EHW in Africa.
  • In performing these duties, the incumbent will work in consultation with the UNESCO Section for Health and Education, UNESCO’s Africa Regional Advisors for EHW, and country offices. S/he will also ensure consistency with other health-related initiatives at IICBA, e.g., on school health.



Job description


Long Description

2. Liaison with the AUC CESA Clusters

In coordination with IICBA’s Director and IICBA’s Senior Education Programme Specialist, represent IICBA at the African Union Continental Education Strategy for Africa (2016-2025) Thematic Clusters on (i) Women and girls; (ii) Life skills; and (iii) School feeding and support the development of a continental strategy for EHW for teachers.

  • Develop, maintain, nurture and grow IICBA’s work with selected departments of the African Union Commission (AUC) with a view to ensuring that teachers issues for EHW are appropriately reflected in relevant policies and programmes of the AU’s CESA.
  • Promote and advocate for areas of collaboration with other UN agencies in support of the AUC’s and UNESCO’s strategy on EHW, including providing policy support and technical guidance for joint regional programs and dialogue at the country level.
  • Develop and prepare regular policy and guidance notes to UNESCO-IICBA, the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) program, and donors on the continent to ensure UNESCO-IICBA work on the continent is consistent and supportive of AUC direction on teaching and learning issues related to Education for Health and Wellbeing in Africa.
  • Provide expert analysis and advice on the implications for UNESCO-IICBA of key AUC documents, discussions, and decisions for EHW in line with other cross cutting areas impacting on the teaching professions such as education in emergencies, migration and displacement, – peacebuilding, and other humanitarian operations.


Long Description

3. Orientation training, support, and professional development

  • Provide technical support, capacity building and mentorship to UNESCO national program officers and focal points towards the implementation of quality teacher education and training on EHW.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to member states to improve and devise innovative ways to scale up EHW training programs for pre- and in-service teachers in Africa.
  • Prepare updates and contribute to the annual and biannual reports on implementation of the Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future programme for the UNESCO’s Executive Board, and to donors.
  • Support UNESCO’s strategies on strengthening HIV prevention and comprehensive sexuality education through teacher training and higher education in line with SDG4 – Education 2030 and the AU (2063) agenda.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

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

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.




  • Advanced university degree (Masters, PhD preferred) in education, social sciences, public health, or closely related field(s).


Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience, in one or more of the following themes: teacher training, curriculum development, HIV and sexuality education, health education, school health, nutrition, comprehensive sexuality education, or closely related areas.
  • Experience in and understanding of the African Union region, the CESA (2016-25) and the education sector in African countries.
  • Experience in health education programs, especially for adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, and gender equality.
  • Experience in teacher training, curriculum development.
  • Experience with digital tools to train teachers on a large scale could be a desirable competency.

Skills and Competencies

  • Research skills as demonstrated by a record of publications and contributions to policy recommendations.
  • Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills.
  • Good computing skills with excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy; and
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and deliver to deadline, as well as work under pressure.



  • Excellent knowledge is (oral and written) in English.




  • Additional academic or professional qualifications in the areas of teacher training, curriculum development, HIV and sexuality education, health education or related areas.


Work Experience

  • Relevant post qualification experience, which preferably includes two years’ experience in teacher training or curriculum development.
  • Experience with online training and distance learning.
  • Experience in supporting ministries or government bodies on education, SRH and/or gender.
  • Experience in the UN and other relevant inter-agency mechanisms and networks.
  • Experience working with donors and development partners on health and education.
  • Experience working with ICTs in education or health promotion.
  • Experience working on curricula or teacher training in relation to health education.
  • Experience working in a developing country setting.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of e-learning course and other digital tools.




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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 93,083 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.



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.


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