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Post Number : 1CAUIS0071PA

Grade : P-5

Parent Sector : UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Duty Station: Montreal

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20-MAR-2023


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


Duration of contract: initially 2 years, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.



The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)  produces data to fuel the policies and investments needed to transform lives and propel the world towards its development goals. Providing statistical and technical inputs for global, regional and funding mechanisms for education, the UIS enables the work of the UN Transforming Education Summit, the Global Education Cooperation Mechanism (GCM), G7, G20, etc. The UIS meets data needs for emerging priorities, for example, most recently, tracking and monitoring impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education worldwide. The UIS maintains the most comprehensive education statistics database in the world – the official source of data of the UN system, used for various purposes, including for the SDG monitoring.

Established in 1999, the UIS serves as UNESCO’s statistical agency.  The UIS is focused on delivering cross-nationally comparable data for global, regional and development agendas, covering the fields of education, science, culture, and communication and information. The UIS assures the technical support for Member States to produce transformative data based on the 3 pillars (Standards and methodologies; Data production; Brokerage and outreach). The UIS vision, described in its 2022-2029 Medium Term strategy, is to serve the needs of Member States, ensuring that their policies and decision-making are informed by sound statistical information, that they can benchmark progress towards national and international goals, and learn from the experience of others.

The UIS is seeking to build a new senior staff management team that will lead the successful implementation of that vision, enabling the UIS further transformation to remain relevant, innovative, and agile in the constantly changing global environment.

As a member of the senior staff management team, working under the overall authority and supervision of the UIS Director, the Head of Education Section on Administrative data contributes to strengthening the coverage of the UIS Core System of Education Indicators and is responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and supervising the production of education administrative data at the highest level of quality.


Main responsibilities and tasks


1. Leadership in the production of administrative data 

  • Lead the section including setting goals and providing the leadership to deliver high quality administrative data based on the use of multiple strategies and sources.
  • Provide intellectual and strategic leadership in the development of the statistical processes ensuring efficiency and quality with a system of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and clear-cut defined workflows for the production of administrative data-based indicators.
  • Develop a work program to achieve these objectives ensuring the production of reports to Member States and inputs to maximize the effectiveness of the Regional Field Network (RFN) work.
  • Initiate and introduce necessary changes to ensure the section activities respond to current and emerging data needs.


2. Education Standards 

  • Ensure the development, maintenance, and revision of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and other educational standards.
  • Develop and maintain the ISCED governance mechanisms, strengthening implementation and coherence of the classification system.
  • Contribute to documents that support the work of governance mechanisms including the Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG 4-Education 2030 (TCG) and the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) as needed.


3. Administrative data production

  • Propose a workplan on production of indicators based on administrative data using all possible sources, revise the collection tools as needed.
  • Contribute to the development of a Statistical Quality Assurance Framework by development of the administrative data KPIs.
  • Oversee the management of activities related to the production of administrative data, ensuring that norms and standards are implemented, clear KPIs monitored, and programmed activities carried out in a timely fashion.
  • Ensure that all outputs produced by the Section under his/her supervision meet required standards and comply with the relevant mandates.



4. Development of regionally relevant need-based capacity development programmes to improve the coverage and accuracy of the international administrative data 

  • Provide guidance, tools, frameworks, and materials to increase the capacity of Member States to collect, report and use education indicators for monitoring and policy development based on administrative data with a focus on LDCs and Priority Africa.
  • Support the UIS Regional Field Network (RFN) in developing appropriate strategies including designing and implementing appropriate capacity development training programmes to enhance national capacities in producing, compiling and reporting administrative data and statistics for regular monitoring of SDG4 at national, regional and global level.

Long Description



5. People and talent management 

  • Ensure the section is strategically staffed for effective delivery as defined in the work programme.
  • Manage, mentor, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision.
  • Put in place, with the assistance of the Human Resource, talent management mechanisms, building the section’s talent pool to maintain effective delivery and business continuity.


6. Contribution to UIS core work

  • Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance.
  • Review and validate objectives and work program ensuring alignment with the UIS Governing Board decisions and guidelines from the Director UIS ensuring staff under his/her responsibility understand the implications for the section.
  • Contribute to the UIS reporting, including the preparation of documents for UIS and UNESCO governing bodies; and for other internal and external stakeholder including donors and development partners.
  • Contribute to building partnerships and resource mobilisation to support the UIS work.

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)
Building partnerships (M)
Driving and managing change (M)
Leading and empowering others (M)
Making quality decisions (M)
Managing performance (M)
Strategic thinking (M)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Advanced university degree (PhD degree or equivalent) in statistics, economics, mathematics, education or social sciences with a substantial applied statistics / data sciences component.


Work experience

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience as a statistician working with administrative, finance, survey, and/or assessment data relating to education, especially with developing countries, of which preferably 5 years acquired at international level either within a UN or similar agency or in a Government Ministry or agency.
  • Experience working as a statistician, researcher or analyst on programmes or activities in the field of education statistics.
  • Extensive and in-depth experience on statistical work in developing countries with National Statistical Offices or Planning Units.
  • Experience working on/in countries in LICs and/or Africa.
  • Experience in designing, managing, and implementing project and programme activities pertaining to effective data collection in education administrative data.
  • Experience in partnership development and resource mobilisation.




  • Excellent skills with statistical programmes.
  • Strong analytical and empirical skills for interpreting data and informed policymaking.
  • High degree of diplomacy, discretion with proven ability to function under uncertainties.
  • Ability to think strategically and to design long term plans and programs in line with the strategic priorities.
  • Good leadership and ability to attract, motivate and retain high quality professional staff.
  • Demonstrated capability to plan and manage projects.
  • Ability to manage an effective and collaborative team in a multicultural environment.



  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.



Work experience

  • Experience in the UN system or a similar agencies.



  • Good knowledge of French.


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 141,254 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.


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.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


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