UNESCO Jobs- Education Programme Director (216-286K) 2017




The Programme exists to achieve a dual function of ensuring Kenya is represented in UNESCO and that UNESCO’s presence is visible in Kenya. Specifically, the Programme is responsible for:

  • coordination of international UNESCO Education meetings;
  • formulation of general UNESCO Education programmes and activities providing expert advice to government and UNESCO on Education matters; co-ordination of ratification of UNESCO Education related conventions and protocols;
  • formulation, implementation and evaluation of UNESCO Education programmes and activities in Kenya; promotion of UNESCO Partnerships & collaborations in Natural Sciences;
  • mobilization of resources for UNESCO Education programmes and activities; capacity building on UNESCO’s Education agenda;
  • creating awareness on UNESCO Education activities; collaborating with other UN agencies on Natural Sciences;
  • and nomination of candidates for UNESCO Education prizes, awards, fellowships; study grants and posts.

Job Profile 

Grade- KNC 9
Reports To Secretary General/CEO through the Deputy Secretary General, Technical Programmes
Classification- Top Management
Purpose of the Job- To ensure policy implementation and management of the day to day affairs of the Education programme
Remuneration Gross pay Ksh. 216,000-286,000 Pm
Leave Allowance – Ksh. 10,000
Medical Allowance – As per scheme rules
Group Life & Accident Cover– As per scheme rules
Terms Contract (4yrs renewable) with service gratuity

Responsibilities for the Education Programme Director Job

The officer will be responsible to the Secretary General/CEO through the Deputy Secretary General, Technical programmes for the formulation and implementation of the UNESCO Education policies, strategies and plans in a results oriented and timely manner to achieve the Corporations’ goals, objectives and agreed performance targets.

This will entail inter alia:

Responsibilities for the Education Programme Director Job

  • Be responsible for the day to day operations and the overall achievement of the functions and objectives of the Education Programme;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of the annual operational plans, performance contract and budget for the Education Programme;
  • Ensure effective administrative structures, processes, systems and internal controls in the Education Programme;
  • Be responsible for coordinating the formulation, execution and communication of the Education policies, strategies, and plans and their evaluation thereof;
  • Provide leadership and direction in the Education Programme;
  • Ensure that the Education Programme’s management structure are effective including succession plans;
  • Ensure that all Education policy papers are developed and provide follow up activities as may be required;
  • Serve as the focal point of the Education Programme and provide regular communication on technical, financial, administrative and partnerships matters related to the Education Programme;
  • Be responsible for stakeholder management and the promotion of partnerships and collaborations in the Education Programme;
  • Serve as Secretary to the Education Programme and Expert committee; and
  • Any other tasks as may be assigned by the Secretary General/CEO.

Qualifications for the Education Programme Director Job

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Education from a recognized and accredited institution Experience Possess a minimum of ten (10) years continuous experience in the Education profession with a reputable organization;
  • Have at least four (4) years’ experience in an equivalent or comparable senior management position dealing with leadership or management responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated proven ability and results in heading a comparable education related portfolio of a national or international character;
  • Demonstrated proven leadership and managerial capabilities including financial management within a reputable institution;
  • Demonstrated good industry knowledge of the Education sector including ongoing reforms;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the formulation and/or implementation of international Education agreements/conventions/protocols;
  • Demonstrated good knowledge of government legislations and policies affecting the Education sector
  • Demonstrated relative international exposure in international meetings and processes;
  • Demonstrated good experience in national policy formulation processes;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge/experience in the formation of institutional partnerships/collaborations frameworks;
  • Demonstrated competence in project management (design, proposal writing and/or implementation)
  • Personal Diplomatic, pro-active, approachable, flexible, assertive, have integrity and  qualities commitment to production results, self-motivated, dependable, organized, professional and must satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.


How to Apply

  1. Download the KNATCOM 1A form from the website www.unesco.go.ke
  2. Complete the form and sign (Do Not attach any documents)
  3. Send a hard copy to

The Secretary General/CEO Kenya National Commission for UNESCO P.O. Box 72107-00200 National Bank Building, 14th Floor Harambee Avenue NAIROBI Send a soft copy in word format to [email protected] (Do Not attach any documents). Note: Only short listed and successful candidates will be contacted.