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Call for applications: Individual consultants for the Global Education Monitoring Report


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)-Global Education Monitoring Report

Duty Station: The applicants shortlisted for the Consultant Roster may be required to work remote/home-based depending on programme needs.

Type of contract : Non Staff-Individual Consultancy 

Duration of contract : Varies from a few days to several months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-DEC-2023


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



In place of the Employment History Form, please upload the following documents as a single PDF document:

1) An updated curriculum vitae and,

2) A cover letter including daily/monthly fees.

Please submit your documents in English.

A. Background

The Global Education Monitoring Report (or GEM Report) is an editorially independent, authoritative, and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress in education in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Report is funded by a group of governments, multilateral agencies and foundations and published annually by UNESCO to serve the international community. It is widely recognized as an indispensable advocacy and technical tool supporting the achievement of SDG 4, which aims to ensure “inclusive and equitable quality education” and promote “lifelong learning for all” by 2030. With its renewed mandate, established in the Incheon Declaration of the World Education Forum in May 2015, the GEM Report series identifies effective education policies and analyses major education related themes. 

In addition to the Global report, a series of outputs serve the GEM Report’s objectives, including: 

  • Gender report; 
  • Regional reports, which explore the theme of the global report in more depth in a particular region to create stronger policy impact; and
  • PEER, a website with documents the main laws and policies that characterize each country’s approach on the theme of the global report, as well as on selected other education issues.
B. Objectives

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. Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Policy Analyst (Thematic Lead), the consultant will be asked to contribute to the preparation of different outputs as specified here below.

Global report 

  • Provide research inputs to the global report, 
  • Support the commissioning process of background papers and provide feedback on drafts.


Regional reports

  • Provide research inputs to the regional report (e.g. quantitative and qualitative data analysis, literature review, drafting),
  • Support the commissioning process of background papers and provide feedback on drafts,
  • Reach out to partners and structure their engagement,
  • Provide advocacy, dissemination and strategic impact suggestions.


Gender report

  • Provide research inputs to the gender report (e.g. quantitative and qualitative data analysis, literature review, drafting),
  • Support the commissioning process of background papers and provide feedback on drafts.



  • Support the development of PEER profiles on specific themes, drafting country profiles on legislation, strategies, policies and programmes, 
  • Support the mapping of profiles to develop qualitative indicators of legislative and policy trends,
  • Support the internal review,
  • Support the external review by establishing and maintaining contacts with relevant actors.
COMPETENCIES 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. C. Required skills and experience


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Social Policy, International Studies and/or related areas,
  • Substantial previous experience of qualitative research,
  • Excellent analytical skills,
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.



  • A relevant PhD,
  • Publications on social policy topics relevant to the areas of focus of the GEM Report,
  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).





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 and/or gem-report-opportunities

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to respond to future detailed calls for proposals.
  • Selected applicants may be required to provide additional information.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be on the roster for up to one (1) year.
  • Shortlisted experts will be considered whenever relevant opportunities arise. Shortlisted experts may be contacted directly using the email address provided in their application.

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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