Education Programme Specialist (Teacher Development)



UNESCO’s Section for Teacher Development works to ensure that every learner is taught by qualified, motivated, and empowered teachers and to enhance their status, professionalization and working conditions. For that purpose, the Section provides advice and support to national governments to facilitate the formulation and implementation of policies which promote effective teacher recruitment, retention and professional development. This includes supporting countries and teacher education institutions to deliver quality and equitable teacher education and continuous professional development in key areas, including digital skills and pedagogical competencies for online, remote and hybrid education, gender transformative and innovative pedagogies including social and emotional learning, education for peace, sustainable development, and global citizenship.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education (ADG/ED), guidance from the Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, and under direct supervision of the Chief of Section for Teacher Development (ED/PLS/TED), the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the development and delivery of a wide spectrum of projects within UNESCO’s Programme for Teachers, including the formulation, coordination and report of implementation activities of regular and extra-budgetary programmes. The incumbent will lead the Section’s work on teacher education and professional development, and will support the transformation of teaching and learning in-line with UNESCO’s normative instruments and vision for the future; promoting collaboration and lifelong learning as organizing principles for teacher development. The incumbent’s main responsibilities will be to:

• Design, plan, organize and coordinate activities in the field of teacher education and professional development, and teacher policy, at global and regional levels.

• Provide technical support and coordinate capacity building with Member States, teacher education institutions and partners, including for the development and update of teaching standards and competency frameworks and to improve teacher education curricula, policies and programmes.

• Examine key trends regarding the digital transformation of teacher education including initial and professional development opportunities and design appropriate initiatives to bridge the digital divide and enhance teachers’ digital skills.

• Undertake research on global teacher policy and practice, aimed at producing knowledge and exchange, and informing policy advice and advocacy.

• Develop and maintain professional collaboration and partnerships at the global level to advance teacher education, including jointly organized activities with networks and partners, within UNESCO, like UNESCO Chairs, and Associated Schools, and beyond, to promote networks and communities of practice.

• Provide technical advice and backstopping in the area of teacher education and professional development, and related education policies to UNESCO’s Field Offices, Institutes and Category II Centers.

• Develop, coordinate and monitor extra-budgetary projects and ensure periodic reviews and reporting, including information sharing.

• Mobilize financial resources for teacher development projects.



• Advanced university degree (master’s level or equivalent) in the field of education, pedagogy, didactics, education sciences, sociology of education, or a related field in the social sciences.


• A minimum of 7 years of progressive responsible relevant experience in the field of teacher education, of which preferably at least 3 years acquired within teacher education institutions at the international level.

• Demonstrated experience in curriculum development, instructional design, production and delivery of teacher education and professional development programmes and courses.

• Demonstrated experience in developing digital transformation programmes in teacher education and professional development.

• Demonstrated experience in desigining, planning, and implementing research programs/projects related to teacher education.

• Established experience of networking teacher education institutions, and implementing and maintaining communities of practice at regional and international level.

• Demonstrated experience providing advice to education authorities and teacher education and professional development bodies, organizations and schools.

• Robust experience in leveraging digital technology in teachers education.


• Solid knowledge of education, teaching and learning, including teacher education and professional development.

• Sound understanding of issues related to curriculum, pedagogy and educational delivery.

• Strategic forward-looking thinking wih ability to anticiapte key implications and emerging issues around teacher education and professional development.

• Strong analytical skills with ability to synthesize data and evidence from various sources.

• Excellent drafting skills in English.

• Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in public fora.

• Ability to maintain effective and inclusive working relationships across multiple internal entities and external partners.


• Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and 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 119, 932 US $.

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 11-APR-2024

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