Post Number : 6SLED0001PA
Grade : NO-B
Parent Sector : Field Office
Duty Station: Freetown
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) : 30-MAY-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.
Only nationals of Sierra Leone may apply to this position.
The international community has set an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It calls for an integrated approach to development. Education and training are central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The vision of the Incheon Declaration about Education 2030 is fully captured by Sustainable Development Goal 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Education 2030 devotes considerable attention to technical and vocational skills development, specifically regarding access to affordable quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET); acquisition of technical and vocational skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship; elimination of gender disparity and ensuring access for the vulnerable – see also SDG 8 “Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all”.
As part of its programs for TVET, UNESCO is advocating for increased support for TVET in Member States, particularly those in Africa. Since 2011, UNESCO, with the support of the Republic of Korea, has been implementing the Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project. The project has been implemented over five years (2011 – 2016) with a budget of 10 million USD, supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK). The project has helped five SADC countries (Botswana, DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia) to improve their TVET systems. Phase II of BEAR (2017-2022) was implemented across Eastern Africa – in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and Uganda.
Following the success of BEAR phase I and phase II, joint efforts between UNESCO and the Government of the RoK will now be expanded through the implementation of BEAR III to support four new beneficiary countries in West Africa – Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. This project will support these countries in their efforts to reform and develop their TVET systems, while benefitting from knowledge and experience gained under BEAR I and II. Expanding the project to the Western Africa region will also contribute to addressing challenges including:
- Relevance of TVET programs to industry and the labour market
- Quality of TVET
- Perception of TVET
Under the overall authority of the Head of UNESCO Office, the general (overall) supervision of the Chief, Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills at the Headquarters (HQs) and the direct supervision of the Education Specialist in the UNESCO Abuja Regional Office, the incumbent shall contribute to the daily coordination of the BEAR III Project’s support to TVET in the country. Specifically, the incumbent’s tasks will cover:
1. Participation in organizing the detailed operational plan and coordinating the implementation of the project in compliance with the project specific objectives, activities and expected outputs by:
2. Ensure the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and the reporting on project activities by:
3. Liaise with government, national stakeholders and international stakeholders by:
4. Ensure communication and visibility by:
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
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Skills and Competencies
Skills and Competencies
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