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About the Commission

The Tanzania National Commission for UNESCO is the focal point in Tanzania for implementation of UNESCO programmes and activities. It has been newly established as an autonomous organization through the UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania Act No. 7 of 2008.

The National Commission acts as the principle link between UNESCO and the government in order to engage all its departments working in all the areas of competence of UNESCO that is, Education, Science, Culture, Communication and Information. The Commission also engages other communities such as non government institutions, intellectual community, civil society and individuals concerned with UNESCO areas of competence in the formulation and execution of UNESCOs related programmes, to ensure Tanzania’s inputs to UNESCO policy making and debate and to encourage support in Tanzania for UNESCO ideals and work.

The Commission is part of a community of 195 UNESCO National Commissions each working as a liaison between UNESCO and its member states with the main mandate of engaging key national actors towards achieving UNESCO ideals of promoting peace, mutual understanding and equitable sustainable human development. National Commissions are unique to UNESCO in the UN System and they work outside the structure of UNESCO as critical partners who coordinate the involvement of key national players in the organizations five sectoral programmes.

Structure and Governance

The Commission

The Commission chaired by an appointee of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania and is governed by a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training who is responsible for UNESCO affairs. The Commission is composed of 15 Commissioners drawn from government department, universities and members of the civil society from both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. It operates five sectoral Technical Committees (Education, Science, Social Science, Culture and Communication and Information) and coordinates several National Committees for UNESCO intergovernmental programmes and as well as other UNESCO special programmes.

Although this will be a hosted and moderated portal it with also have a component of direct e-debates and discussions on various topical issues raised by the target groups.
The central aim will be to provide small-scale farmer and business interest groups with information which will enable them to identify the business opportunities and the ways of access these opportunities so as to increase their volume of trade and earnings as a result of tapping into market opportunities brought by the EAC Common Market and Customs Union Protocols.

The Secretariat

Functions of the Commission

The Commission serves as the official link between the government of the United Republic of Tanzania and UNESCO, helping to promote international understanding and co-operation among Tanzanians through educational, scientific and cultural activities so as to contribute to global peace and security. For purposes of this article, a few of its functions are delineated as follows.Acting as an advisory body, the Commission assists the government in determining its policy with regard to UNESCO and its activities. It also serves as liaison regarding organizations, institutions and individuals in Tanzania who are interested in UNESCO’s work, the Headquarters and other National Commissions and co-operating agencies of Member States.The National Commission plays the important role of contributing to UNESCO’s planning and programming processes through national consultations with relevant governmental bodies and other stakeholders, taking into account UNESCO’s mandates and priorities.Regarding liaison and outreach, the Commission fosters links with relevant governmental, non-governmental institutions, civil society, grassroot organizations, volunteer organizations and networks such as UNESCO Clubs and the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) to promote UNESCO’s ideals and programmes.The Commission further proposes candidates for prizes and assists in conducting search for candidates for vacant posts at UNESCO and in the placement of UNESCO Fellowship grants, while helping to forge new partnerships.

Regarding the implementation of UNESCO’s programmes, the Commission submits biennially, Participation Programme Requests covering projects to UNESCO, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Conference.Finally, it contributes to the implementation of activities under the Regular Programme of UNESCO, undertakes to seek support from potential donors at the national level, assist in protecting UNESCO against the mis-use of its name and logo.The Commission acts as a clearing-house, disseminating information from and to UNESCO as required, and contributes to promoting the positive visibility of UNESCO in the country.

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To become a centre of excellence in advancing knowledge, promoting peace and innovation in order to contribute towards building a knowledgeable, informed, innovative and patriotic society.


To involve stakeholders in execution of UNESCO programmes in its five areas of competence in order to realise the country development goals and to promote peace and understanding among nations.


Client Focus, Result/outcome oriented, Integrity, Transparency and accountability, Innovativeness and creativity, Professionalism, Diligence to duty & Team work.

    UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2018
    Announcement date: 22 January 2018
    Deadline for submission of applications: 03 April 2018

    On behalf of the UNESCO Director-General, UNESCO National Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania is pleased to inform you that the International Center for Sustainable Energy Development (ISEDC) in Moscow, Russian Federation is offering twenty (20) fellowships of four-week duration within the framework of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme.

    The energy questions being a priority for the international community and the United Nations System, these fellowships are aimed at enhancing the capacity-building and human resources development in the field of sustainable and renewable energy in developing countries and countries in transition.

    The training will be held in specialized institutions in the Russian Federation from 1 to 26 October 2018. The medium of instruction being English, only candidates proficient in this language are eligible to apply.

    This programme is offered in open competition. As the number of fellowships put at the disposal of UNESCO under this Programme is limited, only candidates who demonstrate outstanding intellectual qualities, imagination and personal commitment will have a chance of being selected.

    Field of Study
    The candidates may choose to study in the following fields of study, which are aligned with UNESCO’s objectives and programme priorities, as per approved 39 C/5 and in accordance with the decisions made by the Executive Board:
    (a) Energy and sustainable development;
    (b) Ecological management of energy resources;
    (c) Renewable energy;
    (d) Sustainable and renewable energy power generation.
    Four-week duration; from 1 to 26 October 2018

    Qualifications Required
    Candidates must meet the following criteria:
    (a) Holder of at least a BSc degree or BA in Economics;
    (b) Proficient in English language;
    (c) Not more than 35 years of age;

    Procedures on Submission of applications
    a) All applications should be endorsed by the National Commission for UNESCO and must be duly completed in English or French with the following attachments in DUPLICATE:
    • The prescribed UNESCO fellowship application form; http://portal.unesco.org/en/files/29473/12320179559UNESCO_Fellowships_Application_form_%28Eng._Fr._Spa%29.pdf/UNESCO%2BFellowships%2BApplication%2Bform%2B%28Eng.%2BFr.%2BSpa%29.pdf
    • Six photographs;
    • Certified photocopies of Diplomas;
    • Certificate of English Language proficiency;
    • Subsequently, for those who have been selected, the UNESCO medical examination form duly completed by a recognized physician (not more than four months before the actual date of studies). The prescribed form of which will be sent along with the letter of award. Expenses incurred in the constitution of the medical dossiers will not be reimbursed.
    b) Files which are incomplete or received after the deadline for the submission of applications and candidatures, and do not fulfil the requirements mentioned above, will not be considered.
    c) Each invited Member State is requested to nominate not more than two

    Selection of Beneficiaries
    a) The final selection of beneficiaries lies with ISEDC.
    b) The National Commission of selected fellows will be duly informed by UNESCO and the letter of award will immediately follow.
    c) UNESCO will authorize the departure of beneficiaries who have completely complied with the requirements stipulated in the letter of award.
    d) Candidates not informed of their selection by 1st September 2018 should consider that their applications have not been approved.

    Facilities offered by ISEDC
    i. Beneficiaries will be exempt of paying tuition fees for the entire duration of studies/training;
    ii. Fellows will undertake studies/training under the supervision of an advisor or study director that will be provided by the host institution;
    iii. The donor Government will pay stipends to beneficiaries on a monthly basis, in local currency. The stipend amounting to four hundred seventy-five (475) US dollars is intended to cover living expenses such as accommodation, meals, pocket expenses, and incidentals.
    iv. ISEDC will assist in obtaining modest housing for the fellows.

    Facilities offered by UNESCO
    a) UNESCO will cover the cost of the round trip international travel at the most economical rate and the most direct flight.
    b) UNESCO will pay a one-time travel allowance amounting to one hundred (100) US dollars prior to the fellows’ departure for the Russian Federation.
    c) Health insurance. To avail of this entitlement, beneficiaries should be declared medically fit by the UNESCO Medical Service that examines the complete medical dossiers.

    a) No provisions can be made to finance or lodge the fellows’ family members.
    b) Beneficiaries will be required to submit to UNESCO a final report upon termination of the fellowship. This report could be written in English or in French and its copy will be furnished to ISEDC.

    Selected fellows from countries where there are Russian Federation Embassies or Consulates must obtain their entry visa in their country prior to their departure. Fellows from countries where no such embassy/consulate exists must secure their visa through the nearest country where the Embassy or Consulate of the Russian Federation can be found.

    UNESCO and ISEDC provide no allowance to defray passport and visa expenses.


    World poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education.

    A new UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come.