05 July 2022

Job Opportunity at UNESCO - Project Assistant

  Nasseb Abdallah       05 July 2022

Job Opportunity at UNESCO - Project Assistant

Project Assistant


Description of assignment title: Project Assistant

Assignment country: United Republic of Tanzania

Expected start date: 08/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 4. Quality education

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: Yes

Host entity: UNESCO Tanzania

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Dar es Salaam


Mission and objectives

UNESCO in Tanzania was established in 1974 and is recognized for the central role played in providing material and moral support to the liberation movements which led to the struggle for independence in Southern Africa. UNESCO Dar es Salaam is a National Office in the East African Region that works in collaboration with the Government, Civil Society, Private Sector and development partners within the UN Delivering as One framework with other UN Agencies to develop and strengthen policies and programmes with the aim to further the building of peace, poverty eradication, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.


UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Under the overall authority of the UNESCO Dar es Salaam Officer in Charge, and the guidance and direct supervision of the Education Programme Specialist, the incumbent assists in the effective and efficient coordination of the UNPRPD Project, through a range of actions contributing to the design, planning, and management and monitoring of project activities. The Project Assistant applies and promotes the principles of results-based management (RBM), as well as a client-oriented approach consistent with UNESCO rules and regulations. The UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1)Assist in the implementation of the UNPRPD project under the direct supervision of the Education Programme Specialist. 2)Proactively contribute to day-to-day project implementation and ensure conformity to expected results and project work plans, including planning, implementation, and monitoring of project activities. 3)Make pertinent logistical arrangements for the prompt and effective implementation of the project activities. 4)Assure that project expenditures are in compliance with approved project budgets and follow up for the timely submission of required project reports by contractors. 5)Assist in the preparation and logistical planning of various events – e.g. meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, etc. including the preparation of minutes. This includes the preparation of background materials on assigned projects for use in discussion, presentations, meetings, and briefing sessions. 6)Maintain records on all project personnel/national consultants and their respective status (contracts, ToRs, time and attendance – if appropriate, etc.) in accordance with accepted policies and procedures. 7)Recording project inputs, maintaining financial data on regular program activities and budgets, and preparing information for future planning and budgeting.

Project Assistant Job Vacancy at UNESCO

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is part of UNV’s disability inclusion strategy. UNV seeks to 1) provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to serve as UN Volunteers 2) enable UN partners to expand diversity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their workforce worldwide 3) build a talent pipeline of qualified professionals with disabilities who can contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national and global levels, with focus on national capacity. Only candidate with disabilities is eligible to apply for this position. If shortlisted for this assignment, you will be asked for a copy of an official document confirming that you have a disability from a general practitioner, or from an organization of persons with disabilities. Important: On your profile, kindly select the response “yes” to the question of whether you consider yourself a person living with a disability. Should you require special arrangements to facilitate the interview and assessment during the selection process, please indicate this in the “special remarks” field in your profile. In case you are facing accessibility constraints kindly write an email to support@unv.org.


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Donor priorities



Required experience

3 years of experience in verbal, written, and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience using computers for a variety of tasks.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Knowledge of file management, transcription, and other administrative procedures.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Education

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Judgement, and Decision-making, Knowledge Sharing

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The position is based in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam is a cosmopolitan city and is considered one of the fastest cities in the world. It has all the essential amenities which one can expect in such a place. There is plenty of options when it comes to accommodation, essential commodities, recreational facilities, and good health care facilities in the city. The city is covered by a good bus rapid transit system and private taxies services such as Uber and Bolt.

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Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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