Vocational Education Coordinator

Position Title: Vocational Education Coordinator

Project title: VET for the future: development of VET providers’ excellence in   Azerbaijan 

Position Number: 00160999

Department: 53804

Deadline: 20 October 2020

Reports to: Project Manager

Grade level: SB4/4 

Duty Station: Baku 

Family Duty Station as of Date of Issuance: Yes

Duration and Type of Assignment: 1 year  Service Contract with possibility for extension

Deadline for the applications: 20 October, until midnight, New York time  

II. Organizational Context

The Government of Azerbaijan has recognized the importance of developing the VET system in the “Strategic Roadmap for Vocational Education and Training,” “Strategic Roadmap on SME development” (approved in 2016) and many other government programmes. The general objective of these policy documents is to reform Azerbaijan’s VET system and lead to better results through improvements in infrastructure, educational content, professional capacity, recognition of prior learning, internal quality assurance and social partnerships (including public-private partnerships).

The project “VET for the future development of VET providers’ excellence in Azerbaijan” is intended to support the modernization of VET institutions in Azerbaijan to deliver competence-based training in order to increase the attractiveness and labour market relevance of VET.  Project activities will be piloted in seven VET schools/centers (four in Baku and three in the regions - Ganja, Jalilabad and Sheki). The selected regions are a top priority for the Ministry of Education and have been selected based on factors such as labor market relevance, priority sectors for country development, private sector interest and the existence of required infrastructure. The project’s main target groups will be youth, adults, internally displaced persons, professional, administrative and management staff of the center and unemployed men and women. The project is also expected to increase public awareness, change occupational stereotypes, improve inclusivity and support for people with disabilities and attract more women to VET. The best practices derived through this project in the targeted locations with be later further replicated in other regions.

III. Duties and Responsibilities

VE Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of vocational education activities and coordination of project coordinators at regional VET. She/he and will be in charge of assuring quality of project deliverables and guiding/overseeing the work to be carried out by a team of international and the local experts/subcontractors to be recruited for the implementation of the specific outputs/activities of the action.

Under the guidance and the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the VET Cooridnator will perform the following key functions: 

  • Ensuring quality achievement of the project outputs;
  • Regularly monitoring and updating, as relevant, of the project work plan; 
  • Drafting terms of reference of contracts;
  • Supporting PM to oversee and ensure timely submission of project progress reports, including technical reports, and other reports as may be required by UNDP, EU, and other oversight agencies;
  • Building synergies with other projects and activities of the UNDP Azerbaijan office; 
  • Contributing to monitoring and evaluation of  project activities, reporting on progress and suggesting updates to the project log frame;
  • Contributing to regularly conducting meetings of   the project steering committees;
  • Support PM preparing of meetings and action plans with clear responsibility and timeframe;
  • Presenting aggregate strategic analysis on project performance based on commitment of indicators and implementation of activities as well as output delivery on VET.
  • Liaise with government, national stakeholders and international stakeholders by
  • Ensuring project alignment with Government reforms in VET;
  • Maintaining regular relations with national counterparts and key stakeholders (Ministries, VET providers, regional and local authorities, etc.);
  • Setting-up mechanism and actions to ensure sustainability of project’s outputs;
  • Carryout other activities as requested by the PM.



Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work 

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow 

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action  

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis 

Delivery: Ability to get things done 

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services


Project Management

  • Knowledge of project and programme development work and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations


  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Analytic sense 

  • Ability to evaluates information accurately and identifies key issues required to resolve problems

Inter-personal skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment

 Knowledge Management and Learning 

  • Shares knowledge and experience; 
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills 


  • Ability to work in teams and across units effectively and shows conflict resolution skills

Self-Management and emotional intelligence

  • Focus on result for the client and responds positively to feedback; 
  • Remain calm, in control and good humored even under pressure; 
  • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise  

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position 
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks 
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals 
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments 
  • Ability to strategically link communication with partnership goals and resource mobilization objectives 

V. Recruitment Qualifications


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in education, psychology  or other social sciences. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of education;
  • Experience in an international organisation is an asset;
  • Experience in VET sector

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and in Azerbaijani;  

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