Education Officer, NO-2, Kigali, Rwanda - For Rwandan Nationals ONLY

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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, knowledge

UNICEF Rwanda is based in Kigali. It is committed to realizing the rights of all children to help them build a strong foundation and have the best chance of fulfilling their potential. UNICEF Rwanda is currently running a Country Programme 2018-2024 and its goal is to improve the health, nutritional status, protection, education, and wellbeing of children, focusing on those who are poor, vulnerable or at risk.

UNICEF Rwanda has a partnership agreement with FCDO to implement the Girls in Rwanda Learning (GIRL) programme. The GIRL programme is an FCDO-funded seven-year programme that will support the Government of Rwanda in its effort to improve the completion of primary education and learning outcomes, particularly for girls and other vulnerable children, targeting approximately 1,600 primary schools. GIRL has five components, the first focusing on teachers in primary schools throughout the country and on improving teaching and learning outcomes, especially in the key foundational areas of English and math. The other components relate to girls in school, girls out of school, children with disabilities, technical assistance, and advocacy.

UNICEF Rwanda will be focusing on the implementation of components 2 and 4 of the GIRL programme covering girls in school and inclusive education for children with disabilities. UNICEF will be working closely with other FCDO partners that will be implementing other components of the programme. The two UNICEF led components target services for learners, especially girls at high risk of dropping out of school. The key interventions include remedial learning, sexual and reproductive health, and rights (SRHR), gender-based violence (GBV), life skills for confidence building, and support for inclusive education, including inclusive school environments (infrastructure, materials, and assistive devices). Specifically, to support girls (and boys) who are at risk of dropping out or falling behind in their learning and provide improved access to schools and learning for children with disabilities.

UNICEF RCO will partner with the Ministry of Education, the Rwanda Basic Education Board, and local implementing partners to deliver services under the two GIRL programme components to approximately eight hundred schools across the county.

To learn more about UNICEF career and the work in Rwanda, please visit our website and UNICEF Careers | UNICEF Careers.

How can you make a difference?

You will provide technical support on development planning and delivery of results, including preparing, managing, and implementing a variety of technical and administrative support tasks related to implementation, progress monitoring, and reporting.

Under the direct supervision of the Education Specialist (P3), you will work with the UNICEF Education section team as well as with other sections (Health, Child Protection, Social Behaviour Change, and Communication) teams, as required to coordinate the implementation of the interventions and their respective outputs. He/she will work closely with and support the monitoring of activities led by implementing partners, including through participation in coordination and advocacy meetings.

Please see the area under your responsibility:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the GIRL programme, especially remedial education, SRHR, GBV, and life skills education, to develop girls’ self-esteem. This includes support for inclusive school planning and raising community awareness of girls’ education and the rights of children with disabilities.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming, including, preparing materials and documentation, and complying with UNICEF organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and documentation of results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on education related issues to support the GIRL programme implementation, operations, and delivery of results.
  • Support the organization and coordination of meetings, workshops, and other events in collaboration with implementing partners and other education sector stakeholders.
  • Contribute to identification, synthesis, and sharing lessons learned to support evidence informed programming.
  • Undertake field visits to programme locations and share information with implementing partners and relevant officials for required action.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews with implementing partners and the government and prepare minutes/reports for follow up actions.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

    • Education: A university degree in education, sociology, psychology, or relevant technical field.
    • Work Experience: A minimum of two years of Professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education.
    • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Kinyarwanda [LM1] [CA2] and French considered an asset.

For Every Child, you demonstrate...

  • UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

    UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

    (1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

  • Technical competencies must be demonstrated in the following areas:

    • Demonstrated experience in primary education, girls Education and life skills for adolescents.
    • Prior experience working with MINEDUC or other government institutions, including experience in the planning and implementation of innovative interventions aimed at reducing repetition and dropout, particularly for vulnerable children, including girls.
    • Experience in managing diverse partners and stakeholders.
    • Good understanding of the gender equity dimensions in education.
    • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization.
  • During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

    UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

    We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

    UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


    UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

    UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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