UNESCO Programme Specialist Work in Zimbabwe

Closes: 10 April 2023

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences (ADG/SHS) and the direct supervision of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) based in Harare, Zimbabwe, the incumbent will be responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Programme for the countries covered by the Office. S/he will ensure SHS’s contribution to the United Nations Country Team’s (UNCT) programmatic work and Delivering as One exercise in the countries covered by the Office. In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Manage, coordinate, implement and monitor SHS programmes in the countries covered by the office, in line with the UNESCO Programme and Budget document (C/5), the UNESCO Country Programming Documents, the countries’ United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and other common UN strategic country instruments, particularly through capacity building, policy advice, technical assistance, and networking of relevant stakeholders in the SHS Sector’s fields of competence.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to Governments in close cooperation with the SHS Sector at Headquarters, in SHS thematic areas. Provide input, including data and statistics for the preparation of reports and briefings on the implementation of programmes and projects.

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  • Develop strategic partnerships and mobilize extra-budgetary resources to reinforce the Regular Programme. Promote and strengthen partnerships and networking, as well as research and capacity-building, on SHS Sector priority areas namely with African social scientists’ organizations.
  • Increase the relevance and the impact of SHS programs on the ground, including the flagships: Recommendation on Ethics of AI and ethics of neurotechnologies; Youth programme in general, including the tourh grant scheme, and Youth as researchers; MOST: Fit for Life sport initiative; Antiracism and discrimination; gender stereotypes and changing mentalities; Inclusive Policy Lab; Art lab, Intercultural dialogue; antidoping in sports; people with disabilities and humanities.
  • Create synergies between needs on the ground and what UNESCO and SHS can offer



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of social and human sciences, political science or a related discipline.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressive relevant professional experience in the areas of social and human sciences at national and international level.
  • Experience in one or more of the following thematic areas: management of social transformations, social inclusion, intercultural dialogue, bioethics and ethics of science and technology, youth and sport.
  • Experience in fund raising and resource mobilization.
  • Experience in conducting research and producing research papers.
Host NationZimbabwe
Official Website
Closing Date10 April 2023
Eligible Candidate QualificationsAdvanced Degree
UNESCO Job Summary

Skills and competencies 

  • Good knowledge of UNESCO’s work in the field, and familiarity with SHS Sector activities.
  • Good analytical, organizational and project management skills.
  • Proven ability to communicate (in writing and oral), advocate, and negotiate with colleagues, staff and stakeholders at all levels within and outside the organization.
  • Proven ability to provide high-level advice and technical support in public policy, planning and research.
  • Strong sense of responsibility, tact and discretion.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills, flexibility, drive and enthusiasm.
  • Capacity to build and maintain effective working relations with national/local authorities, relevant institutions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Ability to participate effectively in high-level negotiations with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work in a team in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity to diversity.
  • Solid IT skills including knowledge of office software.
  • Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the United Nations System. 


  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English.



  • PhD or equivalent in social and human sciences, or related discipline.

Work Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in international cooperation programmes.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks.
  • Research and analysis in the fields relevant to the post as demonstrated through authored peer-reviewed publications.


  • Good/fair knowledge of French. 
  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish).

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