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Senior Project officer
Curriculum design and development
Innovation and Leadership in Curriculum and Learning
Project appointment
12 months*
Annual salary:
Single rate: approx. 131,909 USD
Dependent rate: approx. 141,652 USD
Deadline (midnight, Paris time): 16 November 2014
Application to be sent to: IBE Geneva
* Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding
Within the framework of the Curriculum Support Services to Member States (SSMS), the Senior Project Officer will
contribute to the implementation of IBE focus area “Innovation and Leadership in Curriculum and Learning”. This focus
area refers to four main functions of the IBE: norms and standard setting, laboratory of ideas, advocacy and dialogue
and capacity development. It encompasses the reconceptualization and repositioning of curriculum in national and
regional development agendas linked to the post-2015 educational agenda, repositioning curriculum as an
indispensable tool for Lifelong Learning (LLL) and the analysis of critical and current issues in curriculum – mainly ECCE,
youth education, ICT and pedagogy, global citizenship education, STEM and inclusive education- with the view of
developing curriculum frameworks and prototypes for areas of high demand and where Member States have less
experience. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director of the IBE. He/she will:
Conduct, manage, follow-up and assess the impact of technical assistance to Member States with regard to the design,
development and implementation of balanced and responsive curricula within a lifelong learning perspective and across
levels of the education system;
Contribute to the production of guidelines, frameworks and prototypes for the development of responsive curricula as
well as to the development and assessment of learners’ competencies acquired through such curricula;
Contribute to the production of guidelines, frameworks and prototypes for developing curricula on ECCE and integrating
them into existing curricula and the syllabus;
Conduct applied research as well as broad consultations with stakeholders – ministries of education (education policy
makers, curriculum developers/specialists, supervisors, principals, educators, teacher trainers, researchers, etc.),
universities, social sectors, civil society and development partners - on needs, issues, trends, strategies and effective
practices relating to the development of curricula for ECCE;
Contribute to the production of thematic modules as adds-on to IBE Curriculum Resource Packs (CRP) encompassing
critical and current curriculum issues in order to support training through the IBE-UNESCO diploma courses on
curriculum and other capacity-development activities;
Participate as trainer/facilitator in the diploma courses, customized workshops and any other capacity-development
related activities;
Forge partnerships to mobilize and manage resources in order to implement initiatives relating to SSMS on processes of
curriculum renewal, design and development; and
Assist in any other activity relating to IBE focus area “Innovation and Leadership in Curriculum and Learning” and
contribute effectively to the broader scope of the work of the IBE.
Advanced University Degree (at least Master level or equivalent) in ECCE, (an emphasis on curriculum design,
development and implementation would be an asset)
7 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in ECCE with particular emphasis on 0-3 years of which
preferably 3 to 5 years has been acquired at international level;
Solid experience in curriculum design, development and implementation at all levels of ECCE level (0 to 8 years)
Proven operational experience in articulating ECCE within its levels and with primary education
Evidenced operational experience in supporting the provision of ECCE services across setting
Solid experience in conducting consultation and collaboration with MoEs, universties, social sectors, civil society and
global development partners; and
Solid experience in supporting countries in implementing processes of curriculum renewal, design and development and
with a focus on ECCE.
A self-starter and good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a
multicultural and multilingual environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Strong and demonstrated ability to write and edit compelling, clear, and accurate content to diverse audiences, for
general publication;
Excellent planning and time management skills;
Ability to identify and solve problems, work under pressure and organize and complete complex projects and meet tight
Ability to lead and effectively manage and inspire task teams;
High familiarity with publication processes and requirements;
Very Good IT skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Prezi, Pubisher, etc.);
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
Understanding of the relevant business processes, operating strategies, policies and procedures within the UN
environment would be an asset
Fluency in English and good knowledge of French . Knowledge of Arabic or Spanish would be an asset
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.
Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.
To apply, please send your application letter and UNESCO CV in English to the International Bureau of Education-IBE,
Administrative Unit, C.P. 199, 1211 Genève 20, Suisse / Fax : +(41) 22 917.78.01 / or by email to
[email protected] Application files should reach the IBE before 16th November 2014 midnight (Geneva
The IBE would like to thank you for your application. Please note that only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.