Job Opportunity for National Project Officer (Research) at UNESCO in New Delhi

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About the Organization

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO promotes knowledge sharing and the free flow of ideas to accelerate mutual understanding and a more perfect knowledge of each other’s lives. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Job Description/Responsibilities

For this purpose, MGIEP seeks to identify a National Project Officer (Research) to lead the empirical research of  SEL Assessment Framework and supervise the pilot testing of the learning modules ensuring good research design to ensure that they build cognitive, academic and socio-emotional skills.

Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Institute and the direct supervision of the Senior National Project Officer, the incumbent will serve as the National Project Officer (Research) and will carry out the following tasks and responsibilities:


  • Design, develop, and implement large scale research studies to test the efficacy of MGIEP’s SEL Assessment  Framework
  • Adapt the framework to align with the needs of SEL assessments for different member states.
  • Supervise and advise the design, develop and implement pilot research studies to test the efficacy of digital pedagogy-based courses (including digital games) that embed the Cognitive Academic Social Emotional (CASE) approach.
  • Use a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, ensuring the credibility of information and evidence to build empirical evidence for the CASE approach and translate research findings into peer reviewed research publications that will undergo rigorous peer review in top quality international journals.

Co-ordination and Management

  • Supervise and monitor research staff directly implementing research projects and promptly inform management of any significant risks and propose risk mitigation measures.
  • Regularly organize meetings of the research group within the Institute on course implementation units.

Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in neuroscience, science of learning, education cognitive science, or other education related sciences.

Work Experience

  • At least 4 years of experience relating to research, teaching, curriculum development, pedagogy, technology, social and emotional learning, sciences of learningneurosciences,;
  • Experience in research design and results monitoring, in areas related to education.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary research teams and published in peer reviewed journals.

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to think out of the box and make new and useful ideas work.
  • Ability to persuade others to follow and ensure teams are resourced for success and empowered to deliver.
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform and create confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen.
  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgment and accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services.
  • Ability to lead integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in the field of education.
  • Ability to undertake literature reviews and write high quality journal papers.
  • Advanced and persuasive written and communication skills.
  • Comprehensive research, interpretation, and critical analysis skills.
  • Knowledge of research methods and experience of supporting learner communities to achieve greater inclusiveness, equity, and quality.


Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Hindi.

Desirable qualifications


Ph.D. desirable in neuroscience, science of learning, education cognitive science or other education related sciences.

Work Experience

  • An H-Index of 3 and above.
  • International experience in research.


Working knowledge of another UNESCO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish).

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