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Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to East African States*


Management & Business Development

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Job Description/Requirements

* (detailed in the Vacancy Notice)


Post Number : 6KEPAX0001RP

Grade : D-1

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

Duty Station: Nairobi

Job Family: External Relations

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-NOV-2023

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


Under the overall authority of the Director-General, the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations (ADG/PAX), in close consultation with the Assistant Directors-General of the five programme sectors, and with the Directors of the other UNESCO Regional Multisectoral Offices in Africa for project planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting, the incumbent will act as the Director of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for East Africa in Nairobi and UNESCO Representative in Kenya, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia and Uganda.

The incumbent will work within the framework of UNESCOâs Medium-Term Strategies (C/4s), approved Programmes and Budgets (C/5s), the Operational Strategy for the Implementation of Priority Africa and the Priority Gender Equality Action Plan as well as within the framework of international agreed development agendas as Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063, in particular as regards to their regional and sub-regional dimensions.

The incumbent will supervise the Heads of UNESCO National Offices in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dar es-Salaam (United Republic of Tanzania), and Juba (South Sudan).

The core result, for which the incumbent will be responsible, is the positioning of UNESCO as a trusted development partner in the countries covered by the Office (Kenya, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania) promoting integrated sub-regional approaches. Other results are the establishment and implementation of the multidisciplinary programme of the Office in close cooperation with the wider United Nations system; the effective and efficient management of the Officeâs operations, resources, premises and assets; and the establishment and implementation of robust external relations and partnerships, including with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).

Moreover, the incumbent will participate, or ensure participation of the Office, in the activities of the United Nations at the national level in Kenya and in countries covered by the Office as well as at the regional level.

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)


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Advanced university degree (Masterâs degree or equivalent degree) in a discipline related to UNESCOâs mandate, public or business administration or international relations, or related field.

Work Experience

At least fifteen (15) years of progressive professional experience at the appropriate management level within the United Nations system, other international, national or private sector institutions, including a wide experience in diplomatic work or development issues related to UNESCOâs areas of competence, in association with national and international organizations. Demonstrated experience in advocacy and resources mobilization. Proven partnership experience with successful implementation of partners at global, local and community levels. Professional experience in the field of education, sciences, culture, social sciences or communication.

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Skills & Competencies

Commitment to the Organizationâs mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities. Institutional leadership capacity, high sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness. Demonstrated strategic planning and management abilities, including capacity to administer extensive programmes and projects, financial and human resources, as well as to exercise appropriate supervision and control. 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, as well as exercise supervision and control and ensure continuous training and development of staff. Ability to identify key strategic issues, objectives, opportunities, and risks. Organizational skills, including in establishing plans and priorities, and in implementing them effectively, as well as in devising implementation plans. Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing; demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.

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Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in one of the working languages (English or French) of the Organization and ability to work in the second language.



Courses/degree/training in a management-related field.

Work Experience

Experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, development.

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Skills & Competencies

Broad general culture, good geopolitical knowledge of the region and sound analytic capacities. 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 other official languages of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).


UNESCOâs 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 139 844 US $.

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