Remote Job Opportunity! UNESCO Calls for Junior Research Consultants for the (GEM) Global Education Monitoring Report (open to all nationalities)



Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Multiple

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15/04/2024

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



In place of the Employment History Form, please upload required documents. The whole package needs to be uploaded as a single PDF document (CV, Technical and financial proposal):

  • an updated curriculum vitae
  • •    a cover letter explaining how your profile and experience meet our mandatory requirements.
  • •    a technical proposal including an approach and methodology for the assignment (1-2 pages)
  • •    a financial proposal: The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars, GBP or Euros as a monthly fee.
  • The position will be carried out remotely.

Please submit your supporting documents in English.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in relation to the criteria set forth in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organization best value for money.

Only complete applications will be considered.

By submitting your application for this vacancy, you consent to the inclusion of your profile in our consultant roster, and you may be contacted in the future for similar types of tasks or opportunities. If you prefer not to be included in the roster, please indicate in your application.
UNESCO is inviting written proposals from Individuals for the work assignment described in Annex A.
The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report is an editorially independent, evidence-based annual report hosted and published by UNESCO. Established in 2002, its current mandate derives from the 2015 World Education Forum and focuses on monitoring education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the strategies outlined in the Education 2030 Framework for Action. Accordingly, each report has two parts:
•    a monitoring part reviews the SDG 4 targets, education in the other SDGs and education finance.
•    a thematic/policy research part focuses on a relevant theme in the international education agenda, which is selected by the GEM Report’s Advisory Board; the last six themes in the GEM Report series have been: education and the other SDGs (2016), accountability (2017/8), migration and displacement (2019), inclusion (2020), non-state actors (2021/2), technology (2023) and leadership (2024/5).
Alongside the annual report, the GEM Report team publishes summary, youth, gender and regional editions, policy papers, background papers, a scorecard on benchmarks, and four online resources on inequality in education (WIDE), monitoring of SDG 4 progress (SCOPE), descriptions of national education systems (PEER) and completion and out-of-school rates (VIEW).

The GEM Report has a recurring need for consultants to ensure research for the themes analysed in its global, regional and gender reports and for the PEER country profiles maintain a consistent high quality in terms of accuracy, relevance, timeliness, and novelty.

Long Description

Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Policy Analyst (Thematic Lead), the consultant contributes to the preparation of the global, regional and thematic Reports, and the PEER profiles providing research inputs, contributing to fact-checking and referencing process, and drafting country profiles as needed.
The work will involve also close collaboration with the Coordinator of the PEER profile, the Coordinator of the Regional Reports and with the thematic research team and the communication team as needed.
The Consultant’s tasks consist of contributions to the different research outputs of the GEM Report:
Global report

  • Provide research inputs to the global report drafting literature review, case studies, sections or carrying out quantitative and qualitative analysis as needed
  • Support advocacy and dissemination
  • Contribute to fact-checking and referencing

Regional and thematic reports

  • •Provide research inputs to the regional report drafting literature review, case studies, sections or carrying out quantitative and qualitative analysis as needed
  • Support advocacy and dissemination
  • Contribute to fact-checking and referencing


  • Draft, review and map country profiles on specific themes based on the template provided by the GEM Report team and take part in the meetings of the PEER team.
  • Help prepare PEER country profiles for uploading to the website and support their uploading.
  • Support internal and the external review processes

Long Description

Links to the different products are provided below as a reference:

  • Global report on technology in education
  • Latest regional report in Southeast Asia and gender report
  • PEER website
  • Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks/duties during an 11-month contract. These are provided as an indication of the workload, and to enable applicants to provide an accurate monthly cost proposal:
  • 5 profiles per month for PEER website (3000 words each) drafted, checked, revised, mapped and uploaded;
  • 3 country profiles drafted by other authors revised per month
  • One section of a regional report drafted (1000 words)
  • 1 case study for the Global Report drafted; (1500 words)
  • 1 case study and 1 section for a regional report drafted (3000 words)
  • 1 box for the gender report drafted (1000 words)
  • 1 box for the global report drafted (1000 words)
  • 2 chapters of the global report fact-checked; (10000 words)

Long Description

Education of expert(s)

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Education, or social sciences

Work experience

  • At least 2 years of work experience in research in Education or social sciences


  • Fluency in writing and communicating in English required.
  • Knowledge and good drafting skills in another UN language (French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian) would be an asset.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.


  • Excellent drafting skills in English
  • Attention to detail and ability to follow and adhere to the GEM Report Style Guide
  • Ability to multitask under pressure while proactively communicating progress and any emerging constraints and maintaining a high level of responsiveness;
  • Ability to work independently, often within tight timelines, to meet strict deadlines;
  • Experience working in an international, multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to perform independent research using different sources
  • Good data and research skills for qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Experience working on policy relevant research


Understanding of themes key to SDG 4
Understanding of issues and challenges related to theme of the global education monitoring report (e.g. education and technology, leadership) at global and regional level
Understanding of international education development
Research publications in areas keys to SDG 4 and education
Knowledge of statistical and spreadsheet software


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades.

Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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