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National Education Programme Coordinator


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Beirut

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Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

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Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 21-JAN-2022


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



Background Information

The Education Sector in Lebanon has and continues to face several shocks. From the Syrian crisis’ impact, which doubled the number of children enrolled in Basic Education and overstrained the system; to the current economic collapse of the country, that is affecting every sector and household. The COVID-19 pandemic has also caused significant school and learning disruption across the country, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and causing learning loss. On top of this multi-layered crisis, the Beirut Post explosions of August 2020 caused major damaged to the education sector, both infrastructural and social-emotional. In light of all these challenges, Lebanon needs significant support to counter the impact of these many challenges.

The UNESCO Lebanon Education Programme aims to support Lebanon in mitigating the impact of these multiple crises and to provide the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with the needed technical support in multiple areas of work, in the aim of improving the provision and quality of education across sectors.

More specifically, UNESCO’s Li Beirut Initiative aims to enhance education at the heart of the recovery process following the Beirut Port blasts. Moreover, UNESCO Beirut will provide upstream support to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to implement, monitor and report on the progress of the Five Year Plan, while also advancing on the Education 2030 Agenda, to meet Lebanon’s commitment to SDG4. In fact, UNESCO Beirut, with support from IIEP, has provided technical assistance to MEHE to develop its Five Year General Education Plan 2021-2025 that is anchored under the overall umbrella of SDG4. In the coming 2 years, UNESCO will play the role of MEHE’s technical partner in implementing this national plan.

In this context, UNESCO is recruiting a National Education Programme Coordinator to lead the implementation of several projects and to support related LiBeirut Initiative.

Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States and the direct supervision of the National Professional Officer, the National Education Programme Coordinator shall be responsible for contributing to UNESCO’s lead coordinating role of Lebanon Five Year General Education Plan and supporting the implementation of LiBeirut Initiative.  S/he will be expected to perform the following essential duties:

Long Description

  • Coordinate the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the assigned projects in close collaboration with MEHE and implementing partners;
  • Provide technical assistance to MEHE for the implementation of UNESCO projects and relevant initiatives;
  • Support coordination and liaison with MEHE for the implementation of the assigned projects through appropriate coordination and partnership mechanisms;
  • Assume focal responsibilities, including the Sector Core Group in Lebanon, non-formal education-working group, the Education Response Plan, 3RF Committees, in addition to other task teams and working groups as necessary;
  • Undertake reporting of UNESCO’s activities in the UN reporting frameworks and platforms (such as activity reporting in Activity Info, Aid Tracking, etc);

Long Description

  • Coordinate activities to organize successful events. This will entail risk assessment/management, vendor engagement, coordinating with internal and external stakeholders, contributing to visibility and communication, and project scoping, planning and implementation;
  • Develop and maintain contacts and collaboration with education partners and stakeholders in Lebanon, including UN agencies and governmental organizations;
  • Support the development and implementation of a communication and knowledge management plan in line with UNESCO and donor requirements and guidelines;
  • Participate in relevant initiatives and related meetings which help enhance UNESCO's responsiveness to Lebanon and its commitment to achieving the SDG4 Goal;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization by playing an active role in project proposal and concept note development, submissions, and follow-up. Locate and mobilize resources and ensure the preparation of extra-budgetary assigned projects progress reports, including the submission of essential information to concerned parties to support the timely finalization of accurate financial reports;
  • Prepare materials to support the Lebanon Programme including briefs, strategy planning charts, presentation materials, meeting minutes/reports and action points.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

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


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



Advanced University degree (Master's or equivalent) in Education or development studies and/or related fields in Human Sciences.


Work experience:

Minimum 4 (four) years of relevant professional experience in project or programme management, coordination, administration or a related area.

Competencies and skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational ability to manage priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build trust-based relationships with colleagues at all levels and with partners.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team with sensitivity, high sense of confidentiality and respect for diversity.
  • Ability to identify and analyses issues; problem solving and solution oriented.
  • Capacity to adjust work schedules and meet tight deadlines, as well as strong IT skills.


Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Arabic.



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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.


“UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as 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. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities 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.”

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