Assistant Teacher at UNESCO 2023

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Assistant Teacher

This Assistant Teacher offer is for South Africans ready to take on the responsibilities that will be conferred on them as the Assistant Teacher at UNESCO.

If you want to be part of this enabling experience, you can read on to learn the requirements for this program. 

Assistant Teacher at UNESCO

Post Number: 6ZAED 0014PA

Grade: NO-C

Parent Sector: Field Office

Duty Station: Johannesburg

Job Family: Education

Type of contract: Project Appointment

Duration of contract: 1 year

Recruitment open to Internal and external candidates

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

The initial duration of the contract is 12 months with the possibility of renewal subject to funding and satisfactory performance.

Only citizens of South Africa may apply to this position.

The position falls under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education, guidance from the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, and the direct supervision of the Senior Project Officer (Education for Health and Well-being). The incumbent will be responsible for the effective planning, implementation, and monitoring of UNESCO’s work on Education for Health and Wellbeing through the Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) Programme in South Africa, working closely with the South Africa Department of Basic Education. The best candidate for this role would be someone with an education and SRHR background and has previously worked for or closely with the government department of education.

Specifically, the incumbent will:
Long Description
Programme and Technical support for the O3 Programme

Identify opportunities for UNESCO to support the South Africa Departments of Basic and Higher Education in policy development and programming on Education for Health and Well Being within the framework of the UNESCO Strategy on Health and Well Being, South African national policies, and strategies, and the UNAIDS division of labour.

Lead the implementation of the South Africa Chapter of the O3 program to support improved education, gender, and health outcomes for all learners.

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Conduct advocacy with policymakers (ministers; parliamentarians, councilors) religious, traditional, and community leaders to strengthen the implementation of the ESA Commitment.

Support South Africa to operationalize and accelerate progress on the ESA Ministerial Commitment and the Education Plus Initiative, and capitalise on South Africa’s role as a champion on these two initiatives.

Long Description
Scale up and strengthen the delivery of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

Support the capacity building of curriculum developers, teachers and teacher educators, including teachers of learners with disabilities to deliver gender and social norms transformative CSE and school violence prevention, including through ICT based solutions.
Lead the development and dissemination of good quality teaching and learning digital and non-digital resources on gender and social norms transformative CSE and school violence prevention.
Grow and strengthen the CSE Community of Practice for teachers and other CSE practitioners in South Africa.
Lead the establishment of CSE repository in South Africa.

Long Description
​​​ Promote the establishment of safer, healthier, and inclusive schools and community environments

Support DBE in the development, review and implementation of education policies, and interventions on school health including but not limited to learner pregnancy prevention & management, HIV & STIs prevention, menstrual health hygiene, physical education, and climate change.
Build school community understanding of and support for gender and social norms transformative-CSE, SRHR and school violence prevention through community-based interventions
Work with DBE and CSOs to sensitize School Governing Bodies (SGBs) School Management Teams (SMTs) and Representative Council of Learners (RCLs) on gender and social norms transformative CSE, SRHR and school violence prevention

​​​​​​ Strengthen program implementation of the program through evidence generated from monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning

Commission research on CSE and school violence to deepen evidence and support data-driven and evidence-based decision-making at legislative, policy and planning level.
Strengthen the capacity of the education sector to report and use generated data for planning and decision-making.

Planning, budgeting, M&E, and reporting

Support strategic planning and budgeting for UNESCO engagement in HIV and SRHR programming in South Africa, in line with UNESCO’s commitments as a UNAIDS Cosponsor and in partnership with the DBE.

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Contribute to timely programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting for the O3 project.
Ensure timely narrative and financial reporting on elements from the national O3 project and budget portfolio falling under the incumbent’s responsibility, both within UNESCO and to external donors as appropriate.
Planned, commissioned and supervise various research pieces to inform the work on education for health and well-being in South Africa.

Representation and partner relations

Represent UNESCO in appropriate coordination forums, such as the UN Joint Teams on HIV and AIDS, interagency meetings, and thematic meetings.
Develop and maintain partner relations with the Ministry of Education, the UNESCO National Commission, national bodies, and development partners, including civil society organizations.
Engage with local organisations, including civil society in support.

Resource mobilization

Participate in resource mobilization efforts including proposal development from UNESCO and partners and provide technical assistance to the Department of Basic Education in accessing funding for the education sector response to HIV, gender-based violence and other health issues.

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) – For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in education, social sciences, public health or a relevant field.

Work Experience

Minimum four years of relevant work experience, in areas related to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and education.
Experience in curriculum development and learning assessment.
Experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) or SRH.
Experience in resource mobilization.

Skills and competencies

Good understanding of the country, of the development work, and of the education sector.

Extensive knowledge, and high level of technical writing skills on HIV prevention, sexuality education and school-related gender-based violence.

Ability to manage budgets and report on implementation.

Ability to multitask, prioritize, and deliver to deadlines, as well as work under pressure.

Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy.

Excellent networking and high-level representational and partnership-building skills, involving a wide range of partners, including relevant Ministries, UNAIDS Co-sponsors, donors and civil society.

Excellent strategic and analytical skills.

Excellent communication skills.


Fluency (oral and written) in English.

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Fluency in at least one of the local 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.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 1 027 253 Rand (subject to deductions for Pension and Medical).

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 the 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 ( last update here ) 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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