27 March 2023 - 7 April 2023
Parent Sector: Education Sector (ED)
Job Family: Education
Type of contract: Service Contract
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): 7 April 2023
The Section for Inclusive Quality Education (IQE) is one of the two education sections of UNESCO Bangkok that aims to enhance UNESCO Member States’ capacity to provide equitable, inclusive and quality basic education for all in the Asia-Pacific region. IQE is responsible for six programme areas, namely (i) Education 2030 regional coordination, (ii) education planning and management, (iii) basic education from early childhood to the secondary level, (iv) inclusive education and gender equality, (v) quality of education, and (vi) education for health and well-being. In line with UNESCO's global strategy, IQE is emphasizing gender mainstreaming in all of its programmes.
This position is based in the Education for Health and Well-being Team (HWT/IQE) that coordinates UNESCO’s work on young people’s health and well-being issues and the promotion of safe, inclusive, gender-equitable, and health-promoting learning environments. The team provides technical assistance to national education authorities, regional partners and UNESCO field offices on strategic priority areas of school health. Priority areas include comprehensive sexuality education (CSE); safe and enabling learning environments that are free from all forms of violence (including school-related gender-based violence – SRGBV) and address learners’ mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) needs; transformative curricula and teaching that enable socials and emotional learning (SEL; and school health promotion. Programme, policy and advocacy efforts are focused on COVID-19 education sector recovery and resilience and supporting national and global commitments in follow up to the September 2022, Transforming Education Summit. The Education for Health and Well-being Team also collaborates with other UN agencies and partners on regional and national initiatives on these themes.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall authority of the Director of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and the supervision of the Chief of Inclusive Quality Education Section at UNESCO Bangkok, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with, and guidance from the Regional Advisor on Education for Health and Well-being and is responsible for providing professional and technical support, research and analysis, with an emphasis on the ongoing HWT/IQE activities in the Asia-Pacific region overall, and especially the cluster of countries covered by UNESCO Bangkok Office (Thailand, Lao PDR, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia and Viet Nam) particularly in the following areas of HWT’s work:
i) Youth leadership for creating LGBTIQ+ inclusive learning spaces;
ii) Capacity-building for delivery of quality CSE that is inclusive and transformative;
iii) Formal and non-formal delivery approaches to CSE, including through digital platforms and youth-led initiatives;
iv) Enabling learning environments that are health-promoting and free from all forms of violence;
v) Partner networking, inter-agency collaboration, and youth engagement.
For additional information, please visit: https://bangkok.unesco.org/theme/education-health-and-well-being