Job Opportunity at UNESCO, Head Of Office and Unesco Representative to The United Republic Of Tanzania

 Job Opportunity at UNESCO, Head Of Office and Unesco Representative to The United Republic Of Tanzania


Post Number : 6TZPAX0001RP

Grade : P-5

Parent Sector : Priority Africa and External Relations Sector (PAX)

Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam

Job Family: Field Operations Coordination

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 27-MAY-2022

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


UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda. 

The UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam works to develop and strengthen policies and programmes with the aim to foster peace-building, poverty eradication, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX) and the direct supervision of the Director of the Multisectoral Regional Office for East Africa in Nairobi (Kenya), the Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam will manage, in collaboration with the Multisectoral Regional Office for East Africa, the multidisciplinary programme of this National Office and provide intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in planning and implementing activities, responding to the priority needs of the United Republic of Tanzania in all UNESCO’s fields of competence (education, the sciences, culture and communication and information).

This will also include the effective and efficient management of the Office’s human resources, administration, security and operations, in line with the Organization’s policies and procedures, including the application of effective internal controls. The Head of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam will advocate and promote UNESCO’s work in consultation and cooperation with the Government, other UN Agencies, Development Banks, NGOs, Bilateral Organizations.

Moreover, the incumbent also will participate, or ensure the participation of the Office, in all meetings and activities of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in the United Republic of Tanzania.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Professionalism (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (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 (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in a discipline related to UNESCO’s mandate, Public or Business Administration or International Relations.

Work Experience

At least ten (10) years of progressive professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system or within other international or national institutions, including a wide experience in development issues related to UNESCO’s areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations.
Experience in project design, implementation and management, as well as advocacy, resources and partnership mobilization.
Skills & Competencies

Commitment to the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities.
Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.
Proven skills in administration and the management of financial and human resources.
Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes and financial resources, as well as to exercise appropriate supervision and control.
Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans.
Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners, and demonstrated partnership development and fundraising experience.
Capacity to provide intellectual leadership to guide staff, as well as ability to build trust, manage, lead and motivate a large and diversified body of staff in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, and ensure continuous training and development of staff.
Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, in front of a broad range of constituents, as well as the news media.

Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in English and good working knowledge of French.



Courses/degree in a management-related field.
Work Experience

Experience in conducting policy dialogue at government and non-government levels or public and private sectors.
Skills & Competencies

Broad general culture and sound analytic capacities; good geopolitical knowledge of the region.
Proven leadership and demonstrated managerial skills combined with flexibility.
Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities and risks.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative and maintain effective working relationships with partners of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Good knowledge of the United Nations system.

Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).


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 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 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 (last update here) 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.

The deadline for submitting the application is 27 May 2022.

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