Thursday, November 09, 2006

Job Opening: Senior Programme Specialist for Literacy Assessment and Monitoring

Go the UNESCO Institute for Statistics job posting for full details.

Our U.S. Mission to UNESCO would like to be able to propose several Americans of stature who can firmly oversee the monitoring of the UNESCO literacy program. The LAMP program was recently awarded an additional $1 million by the First Lady during the September White House Conference on Global Literacy.

Senior Program Specialist (LAMP)
Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Program

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is seeking a qualified candidate for the post of Senior Program Specialist, LAMP, based in Montreal. Under the authority of the Director of UIS, the incumbent as a senior team member will be responsible to develop, manage and implement the UIS strategy for measuring education quality and outcomes, including the following responsibilities:
* Establishing the long term strategy for literacy assessment to be managed by the UIS including a financial strategy;

* Leading the development of the literacy assessment tests to be used in LAMP as well as background questionnaires, survey methodologies and estimation procedures;

* Raising funds and assisting countries to raise funds for their activities under the LAMP program. Liaising with pilot countries and assuring the quality of their work.

* Working closely with users of literacy data (UNDP, World Bank, Global Monitoring report team, Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to ensure that the implementation of LAMP is managed in a statistically and politically appropriate manner.

* Collaborating with the Quality Division of the Education Sector to develop and implement the measurement of global student assessments; taking responsibility for liaison with the various regional and international student assessment studies across the world.

* Managing the UIS LAMP team and cooperating with other UIS sections to ensure that the UIS involvement in Literacy Initiative For Empowerment (LIFE) and the development of regular literacy estimates and projections is integrated with LAMP developments; analysing International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) data and contributing to the Education for All, EFA, Global Monitoring report.
Closing Date: 2006-11-30 12:00 pm

Requirements: An advanced university degree with a specialization in statistics, education planning or direct related field. At least 10 years of progressively responsible relevant national and field experience
in educational policies and planning, of which at least 5 years in a management position. Experience in international cooperation is required; UNESCO experience desirable. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English or French, and good knowledge of the other language is required.

The annual remuneration (including post adjustment) is at the current exchange rate 126 000 USD (116 900 USD without dependents) exempt from income tax and prior to deductions for social security.

Candidates should submit electronically a completed UNESCO CV (available on our website under 'jobs') with a letter of introduction by 30 November 2006, to:
U.S. citizens interesting in this position should also alert the U.S. Mission to UNESCO to their candidacy:
2, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris, Cedex 08

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