Project Officer (Education for Health and Wellbeing)

Post Number : 6MWED0011PA

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Malawi

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) : 15-OCT-2020


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Under the authority of the Regional Representative and Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor – Education for Health and Wellbeing for Eastern & Southern Africa, the incumbent is responsible for overseeing and ensuring quality design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programs/projects/activities related to UNESCO’s expanded work on Education for Health and Wellbeing in Malawi.

The Project Officer will represent the Regional Director and representative on the UNCT and other appropriate coordination forums in Malawi. The incumbent serves as UNESCO’s point of contact for various high-level internal and external audiences including government, cooperating partners and other international actors on Education for Health and Wellbeing in Malawi.

The Project Officer will be responsible for overseeing UNESCO’s Education for Health and Wellbeing Portfolio specifically, the “Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3) Programme. More specifically, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

Long Description


  • Coordinate of the Program Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future  (O3) where Malawi is a Program Acceleration country and coordinate the UNAIDS funded UBRAF portfolio for UNESCO Malawi;
  • Provide strategic oversight of UNESCO’s expanded programming on Education for Health and Wellbeing including supervision of the expanded Education for Health and Wellbeing team in Malawi;
  • Engage in joint programming and budgeting exercises with a wide range of partners in support of UNESCO’s program especially work in the areas of comprehensive sexuality education, gender and school-related gender-based violence, supporting sexual reproductive health (SRH) responses in higher and tertiary institutions, young key affected populations young people with disability;
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on UNESCO’s work on Education for Health and Wellbeing;
  • Identify opportunities for UNESCO engagement in Education for Health and Wellbeing policy development and programming within the framework of the UNESCO’s new strategy on Education for Health and Well-being, national strategies, and the UNAIDS division of labor;
  • Identify funding opportunities and support the development of project/grant proposals, including the development of results assessment frameworks (log frames) and budgets.
Long Description

Advice and Technical support

  • Provide technical support to the Ministry of Education and national partners on Education for Health and Wellbeing including strategic advice of UNESCO’s programme contribution to the Education for Health and Wellbeing results of the national development plans and strategies;
  • Support the region’s efforts to popularize the new International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education at country level.


  • Represent UNESCO and the Regional Director for Southern Africa in appropriate coordination forums, such as the UN Joint Teams on HIV and AIDS, inter-agency meetings and thematic meetings;
  • Liaise with UNESCO structures, including the Section on Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters and colleagues in the Regional Office for Southern Africa, and sub-region working on HIV and AIDS, in particular the Regional Education for Health and Wellbeing team for East and Southern Africa.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (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, social sciences, public health, or related field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of education, of which preferably two years acquired at the international level;
  • Experience in teacher training and/or curriculum development;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of programme/projects in the field of education.

Skills and competencies

  • Strong representational and partnership building skills at country and regional levels, and with a wide range of partners (including ministries of education, UNAIDS and co-sponsors, donors, civil society);
  • Strong understanding of the region and solid development understanding;
  • Extensive professional knowledge in HIV, with particular expertise in UNESCO’s key leadership and main partner responsibilities within the UNAIDS division of labour and familiarity with UNAIDS;
  • A track record in resource mobilization and ability to manage budgets and report on implementation;
  • Strong organizational, strategic and analytical skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written).



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

Work Experience

  • Experience in team management, including participation in conducting recruitment and performance evaluations;
  • Experience in UN joint programming at country level.

Skills and competencies

  • Professional knowledge and understanding of education sector responses to HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues.
  • Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health rights, HIV prevention programming for young people, and comprehensive sexuality education in the context of Eastern and Southern Africa.


  • Knowledge of regional languages.


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.


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.


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 

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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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